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Be forgiving of bicyclists, as well as pedestrians and other drivers. Everyone can get confused or frustrated or do things that are just plain stupid.
Most bicyclists want a stress-free ride, just like you. Use common sense and courtesy, and help everyone stay safe.
Green bike boxes have been painted around Portland to keep bicyclists and drivers safe at busy intersections. Here’s what you need to know as a driver:
Stop behind the box.
Do not turn on red.
Bikes go first on green.
(Watch Lego People demonstrate how it works, in under two minutes.)
Opening your door: Look before opening your car door, to make sure a bicyclist isn’t coming.
Passing: Keep a reasonable speed and give 3-5 feet of space when passing bicycles.
Lanes: A bike lane is just that—a lane for bikes to move through, not temporary parking or a turn lane.
Turns: Check your side view mirror and blind spot for bikes before making a turn across a bike lane.
Right of Way: Treat a bike as you would another car when making decisions to do things like proceed through a four-way stop, pull out of a parking spot, or make a U-turn.
Wondering what the rules of the road are? Find the most common ones in this helpful poster.
Or find all current bicycle laws in the searchable PDF (use Ctrl+F to search for "bike") of the OR DMV Driving Manual.