Info provided by Sheriff Dennis Dotson
With school out and the warmer months of summer upon us, there will be more bicyclists on our streets and highways. To make your bicycle riding safe and enjoyable, know the rules of the road and follow these simple safety tips.
Always wear your helmet. Don’t forget to buckle it. Oregon law requires children less than 16 years of age to wear an approved helmet.
Only one rider per bicycle unless it is specifically designed for passengers.
Signal your turns
Always use lights at night (white light in front and a red in the rear).
Never carry an object that keeps you from having both hands on your handlebars.
Always stop at stop signs.
Ride in the same direction that traffic is traveling.
Bicycles must have a working brake.
Remember that you must obey the same laws on a bike that you do in a car.
Please consider locking your bicycle while left unattended.
While we’re on the topic, take a moment after you read this to jot down the serial numbers and descriptions of your family bicycles. This will greatly increase the odds of your bicycle being returned to you if it’s stolen. Police agencies already have many recovered stolen bicycles and no way of knowing who their rightful owners are.
As with any recreational activity, it’s the responsibility of all who participate to be knowledgeable of the rules or laws related to that activity. It’s also important for the younger participants of any activity to be informed by parents or legal guardians. Enjoy your riding, but be safe!
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My name is Allen Stewart and I live and work in Toledo.
I would like to make a brief comment on Sheriff Dotson’s post regarding bicycle safety (Summer means bicycles, and bicycles mean…, June 14, 2012).
While it is very important for bicyclists to be aware of the rules and strategies required for safe cycling, safety is not solely the responsibility of the cyclist. Drivers are equally as responsible to ensure that all interactions between cyclists and motor vehicles are safe. By only providing tips for cyclists, you are reinforcing the idea that it is the cyclists responsibility if anything negative happens.
A few helpful reminders for drivers would be a good addition to your article:
* Drivers should be constantly aware of the presence of cyclists on the road.
* Safe interactions with cyclists are based on mutual expectations.
* Bicycles on the road should be treated in the same manner as any other form of traffic. Often what is considered a kind gesture to a cyclist could lead to confusion and catastrophe.
* Be sure to check your blind spot, by looking over the shoulder in the direction you are turning, to be sure that there are no bicycles coming from behind in the bike lane.
* Understand that there may be obstructions or glass on the shoulder that require a cyclist to temporarily occupy the lane.
* Be sure to allow at least 3 feet of space when overtaking a cyclist.
I hope that you will add these suggestions to the post. Bicycles and motor vehicles can coexist, but it requires a mutual effort.
Thank you for your time,