Here are the highlights of the laws affecting cyclists on the road in the state of Oregon..
- Motor vehicles can cross the center lane in a non-passing zone but should be aware that if doing so causes harm or death to the cyclist, the motor vehicle operator is 100% at fault.
- Cyclists are required to be as close as is practicable to the right curb or road edge in almost all circumstances. They can, however, occupy the center of a lane if going the normal speed of traffic, making a left turn, or passing another cyclist.
- Cyclists can ride side by side (no more than 2 wide) if not impeding traffic
- Cyclists are not required to yield to cars behind them if keeping to the right or going the usual speed of traffic. Motor vehicles are required to follow at a safe distance and pass only when clear and safe
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