Sharing the Road: Cyclists and Motorists

Motorists and bicyclists have the same rights and duties when driving on Oregon's roads. Here are some tips for sharing the roads safely.


When passing a bicycle, slow down and leave at least 3 feet of clearance between your vehicle and the bicycle.

After passing, check for enough distance before merging back in front of the bicycle. When turning left, watch for and yield to oncoming bicycles. 

Look for bicycles before opening your door.

Expect the unexpected. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable.



Ride predictably, be visible, and obey traffic controls and laws.

Signal turns and lane changes, watch for oncoming traffic before making the change.

Drive on the right portion of the right-most lane in the direction you want to go (not on the left opposing traffic, not on the sidewalk).

Where a road is too narrow to safely share with a vehicle (and where passing would be unsafe), drive in the center of the lane.

You may pass on the right only if it is safe to do so. Do not pass stopped cars at a crosswalk or intersection or if a car ahead of you is signaling a right turn.


Additional Resources:

ODOT Bicyclist Safety Program