How To Have Fun & Stay Safe Cycling in Portland
Not everywhere is as bike friendly as Portland, however there are still a few rules and regulations that will help you get the best out of your experience.
Cycling Best Practices in Portland
- You’re considered a vehicle, which means that when no bike lane is present it’s safest to ride down the center of your lane (just as you would drive)
- Signal your intent: point at, and hold to where you’re going (the “car window” right turn signal can make people think you’re waving)
- Beware the “right hook” – not everybody checks their mirrors, so making sure drivers are aware of your presence is a good idea as you cross through intersections.
- Use bike lanes when present (unless you’re avoid obstacles, or debris that prohibit its use)
- Ride predictably – holding your line in traffic (and not skirting into the parking spots) can go a long way to allowing other road users to interact safely.
- Be aware of the “door zone” – if you’re following the advice above, this shouldn’t be an issue, however though illegal for motorists to open their door into oncoming traffic, being positioned out of that space is the best option for mitigating this effect.
- Wear a helmet – Helmets are required by law for persons 16 and under in Oregon, however our tour includes helmets, and they are suggested regardless.
For more information, please check out these excellent resources about cycling safely, and enjoyably in Portland:
- Biketown Rules of the Road
- Portland Oregon’s official Cycling Manual
- Oregon.gov’s official rules and regulations