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3 Washington Park Summer Safety Tips for Cyclists

Do you cycle through Washington Park this summer? If so, there’s something you need to know.

Peak season at the park is here. With over one million Portlanders, tourists, and their family and friends visiting the Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Zoo, and the Rose Garden, things are bound to get a little crowded. Mix peak season with peak construction season, and the need to stay alert and obey signs is even more important. Your life—and the lives of others—depends on it.

Detour sign for cyclistsTip 1: Mind the signs

There’s a lot going on at Washington Park. Paying attention to signs—and following their instructions—can help you avoid accidents and keep you, and park visitors, safe.

See a stop sign? Come to a complete stop and look around. Shuttles and large trucks can be quieter than you think, and may need extra time to stop.

Safety tips for cycling around trucksFor your safety, avoid lingering next to a truck on any side, in any lane. If you are riding near the same speed, slow until you are behind the truck.

Tip 2: Give the Shuttle a Safety Bubble

The Washington Park shuttle takes visitors to and from the various attractions, transporting about a quarter of visitors who ditched their cars and opted for public transit.

Shuttle drivers already have their hands full navigating sharp turns, helping folks get on and off at their stops, and ensure their passengers are staying safe. Give them some room to get around.

Tip 3: Don’t Go the Wrong Way on a One-Way

What’s more dangerous than traveling the wrong way on a one-way street? For a cyclist, probably nothing.

Map of Washington Park routes

Park construction means that some streets that were once two-way are now only one-way.

One such street is Southwest Rose Garden Way, which twists and winds around some of the busiest areas of the park, including the Rose Garden, tennis courts, and other high-traffic attractions.

Keep your eyes out for signs indicating changes in traffic flow, and always be on alert.

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with the Washington Park Improvement Projects map and website to help you plan your trip ahead of time and avoid making a wrong turn.

When it comes to bicycle safety, Mr. Franklin got it right: An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.