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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 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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FAQs for Motorcycles



1. How is gasoline regulated?

2. How can I make suggestions about this website or offer info, which may be of use to other motorcyclists/scooterists?

3. Is it legal to park in alleyways? What if the motorcycle/scooter is not obstructing traffic?

4. What tests and/or licenses are required to operate a motorcycle/scooter in Portland?

5. Is there motorcycle/scooter parking at the airport?

6. How can I report motorcycle/scooter-specific road hazards such as gravel?

7. Is "lane-sharing" or "lane-splitting" legal in Portland?

8. Is any kind of monthly parking permit available for motorcycles and scooters?

9. Where can I attach my parking receipt to prevent its theft?

10. What can I do to become a safer rider?

11. Can a motorcycle or scooter share a full-size parking space with a car? Does the motorcycle/scooter have to purchase a parking decal if the car already has one?

12. How much does it cost to park a motorcycle or scooter in the city?

13. Who would I contact to request to have a location reviewed to determine if Motorcycle/Scooter parking could be installed?

14. Can motorcycles or scooters legally park on the sidewalk?

15. Can more than one motorcycle or scooter legally share the same full-size parking spot? Do all of the motorcycles or scooters need to purchase a parking receipt? 

Statute: ORS 480.330
Title: Operation of gasoline dispensing device by public prohibited; aviation fuel exception.
Text: An owner, operator or employee of a filling station, service station, garage or other dispensary where Class 1 flammable liquids, except aviation fuels, are dispensed at retail may not permit any person other than the owner, operator or employee to use or manipulate any pump, hose, pipe or other device for dispensing the liquids into the fuel tank of a motor vehicle or other retail container.

On June 11, 2001, Oregon motorcyclists won the right to pump their own gas. Governor John Kitzhaber signed House Bill 3885 into law, which gives motorcyclists the choice of fueling their own bikes. Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states which prohibit "Self-Serve" gas pumps, and now motorcycles will be the only class of vehicle allowed to actually dispense fuel into their own tanks in Oregon, effective January 1, 2002.

The law recognizes that the special fueling requirements of various bikes made the rider the expert at fuel dispensing. This bill also removes a liability for gas station owners who permitted the common sense practice of allowing bikers to fuel their own.

Regulations of Gasoline Dispensing

Statute: ORS 480.349
Title: Use of gasoline dispensing device by motorcycle operator
(1) As used in this section, "motorcycle" has the meaning given that term in ORS 801.365.
(2) Notwithstanding ORS 480.330 and 480.340:
(a) Upon the request of an operator of a motorcycle, the owner, operator or employee of a filling station, service station, garage or other dispensary where Class 1 flammable liquids are dispensed at retail shall set the fuel dispensing device and hand the discharge nozzle to the operator of the motorcycle.
(b) An operator of a motorcycle who is handed a discharge nozzle under paragraph (a) of this subsection:
(A) May dispense Class 1 flammable liquids into the operator's motorcycle.
(B) Shall, after dispensing the liquids, return the discharge nozzle to the owner, operator or employee.

(3) The owner, operator or employee who is handed the discharge nozzle shall return the nozzle to the pump or take any other actions necessary to ensure safe completion of the fueling operation.


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It is legal to park in alleys (16.20.120-E) as long as your vehicle (motorcycle/scooter) does not prevent free passage (block access) of other vehicles.

The State of Oregon requires a valid motorcycle endorsement on a driver’s license for operating any motorcycle or scooter with an engine displacement of 50cc or greater.

A motorcycle endorsement can be obtained by passing a written and riding exam conducted by the Oregon DMV (or by presenting a valid driver’s license from another state with a motorcycle endorsement).

Or would-be riders can complete

Team Oregon’s Basic Rider Training course (including passing the exam requirements of that course) and receive a course completion certificate. The rider can then present the certificate to DMV (in lieu of taking DMV’s exam) to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their license.

Yes, this link will show you where the FREE parking is located,

Portland International Airport.

Debris such as gravel, leaves, broken glass, etc. and potholes can be reported by calling 503 823-1700. For traffic hazards or unsafe traffic issues please call 503 823-SAFE (7233).

No. The State of Oregon law prohibits lane-splitting, specifically ORS 814.240

The City's SmartPark garages offer a monthly rate for motorcycles and scooters. See SmartPark.

You are being asked to place the receipt on or near the motorcycle seat while you are parked.

You should note that some receipts have two parts to it. The larger section is for you to attach to the vehicle and the smaller section is for your records. It is very important that you detach the smaller one and keep it for your records. Should the one on your vehicle be lost or stolen you will be able to prove you paid by presenting the smaller part of the receipt.

For reciepts that do not have two parts, attach the payment to the seat or other secure location.  It is helpful to write your license plate number on the receipt to prevent theft.  Also, if you pay with credit card the Bureau of Transportation can quickly retrieve your payment information.

There are several commercially available parking receipt holders that increase security as well.

Safety advice

Clothing and equipment

Your clothing should be brightly colored or fluorescent by day / reflective by night ( Always assume that drivers and pedestrians have NOT seen you, ride DEFENSIVELY). It should also be comfortable to wear (to allow you to fully concentrate on your riding) and suitable for the current climatic conditions (not too hot or cold). It should offer you protection during a fall from your bike. Only buy approved helmets which are certified to U. S. standards. Don't forget to wear sturdy footwear with adequate grip for when you are static.

Riding safely

Always ride defensively, assume that drivers and pedestrians have NOT seen you, keep your speed appropriate to the conditions (wet / uneven or loose road surface) and try to anticipate peoples' actions.

Keep checking your mirrors, be aware of your surroundings especially at intersections.

Be aware of road hazards, such as manhole covers, road markings and fuel/oil spillage, which may be slippery in certain conditions, or which may be proud of the surrounding road surface. Loose grit on the outside edges of bends will also reduce tire grip and may result in a slide. Try to avoid ridges, valleys or grooves in the road surface which may cause your bike to follow an unwanted line.

Take up a good road position (normally in the middle of your side of the road), where other motorists will be able to see you and from where you will be able to execute safe maneuvers. This also means that you stay away from the loose dirt, excess water etc which is normally found at the edge of roads, and furthermore, being in the center of your side of the road means that car drivers are forced to wait until they have a proper gap before overtaking (less chance of them cutting you off too).

Only pass when you know the road is clear ahead and after considering all other potential hazards.

Always do a 'lifesaver glance' before executing any maneuver.


'Wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing and white or light colored helmets and using headlights in daytime could reduce serious injuries or death from motorcycle crashes by up to one third'... New research from New Zealand indicates that riders wearing any reflective or fluorescent clothing reduce the risk of crash-related injury by 37%. Compared with a black helmet, use of a white helmet was associated with a 24% lower risk. A light colored helmet versus a dark one was associated with a 19% lower risk.

What are some resources for begining/basic riders?

Team Oregon , Motorcycle Safety FoundationPacific SuperSport Riders

What are some resources for advanced riders?

OMRRAPacific SuperSport RidersTeam OregonMotorcycle Safety FoundationJMA/Motocorsa Trackdays,Cascade TrackTime

Yes, as long as both vehicles are able to fit into the space, (

16.20.110 – C) and (16.20.120 – D), (designated by the white space markings) it is OK to share a space.
Yes, if the vehicle is parked on the street and it is a pay-to-park block you are required to pay. The fine for not paying is $34.00, "Overtime Parking".

The rate for on-street parking downtown is $1.60 per hour.
The rate for on-street parking in Lloyd District is $1.00 per hour.

The rate for on-street parking in OHSU District is $1.35 per hour.
The rate for parking in a City owned SmartPark garages can be found at the

SmartPark web site.

The request must come from the property owner adjacent to the location you are requesting to have parking installed. A letter, signed by the property owner, can be mailed, faxed, or delivered to the District Tech responsible for the area your request is from.   Click here to find your district tech

No, motorcycles and scooters are considered to be motor vehicles and must follow the same rules as cars and trucks.

Title 16.20.130 - I.

Yes, it is possible to park as many motorcycles and/or scooters as will fit into a standard parking space. Although City Code does not state this, there is code language stating that the vehicle(s) must be within the space markings. Please note that the vehicle may not park anywhere there is yellow curb tape or paint.

Title 16.20.120 - D
All of the motorcycles and/or scooters must pay to park. If the vehicle is parked on the street and it is a pay-to-park block you are required to pay. Title 16.20.440
The "Overtime" citation you would receive if you did not pay would be. You could also be given a second citation for an additional if you were to stay longer than the time limit allowed for that block.Title 16.120.190 - A.