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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Parking-Protected Bike Lanes

Parking-protected bike lanes use parked cars or posts to separate people riding bikes from people driving cars. They increase safety for all road users by shortening the crossing distance for pedestrians, increasing visibility and providing a buffer between cyclists and drivers. These safety improvements play an essential role in preventing collisions.

How to Drive or Park Next to Protected Bike Lanes

  • Do not drive in a protected bike lane.

  • Take extra caution and look for cyclists and pedestrians where visibility is reduced by parked cars. 

  • Before turning, drivers must yield to people biking as cyclists and pedestrians have the right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections, driveways and alleys.

  • Only park in available spaces marked with a circled P between the travel lane and the bike lane.

  • For emergency vehicles, pull over into travel lanes or empty parking spaces whenever possible.

Tips for Biking in Parking-Protected Lanes

  • Yield to pedestrians at intersections.

  • Watch for pedestrians crossing the bike lane to access a parked vehicle.

  • Watch for turning vehicles when approaching intersections.

  • Follow the bike lane markings as the lane may weave in the approach to an intersection to make cyclists more visible to drivers.

  • Some parking-protected bike lanes accommodate two-way bike traffic. Watch for other cyclists who may be headed in the opposite direction.

Tips for Walking Across Parking-Protected Bike Lanes

  • Watch and listen for people biking. Look both ways as some lanes accommodate two-way bike traffic. 

  • Cross parking-protected bike lanes at intersections unless accessing a parked vehicle.