TIGARD, OR (KPTV) – A new state law set to go into effect in 2020 will change what cyclists are legally required to do at certain intersections, if they yield.

Right now, according to the Beaverton Police Department, cyclists in Oregon must adhere to the same laws as cars. In just a few days, at certain intersections, that will change.

Under the new law, cyclists will be allowed to roll through stop sign intersections if they slow the bike to a safe speed.

They can also make a right or left turn into a two-way street or make a turn into a one-way street in the direction of traffic. This law also applies to red flashing light intersections.

Jess Palacios, owner of Cascade Bikes in Tigard, says this new law could help cyclists in their commutes, but it could also pose some risks.

“You can sit at a light or a stop for no reason and I think to incentivize cyclists, you know, it has to be easier than driving a car,” Palacios said. “We definitely have our rights as cyclists but at the same time, we don’t have a car surrounding us, so we kind of have to watch out for our own self.”

Palacios says he’s in support of the new law but his fears of not everyone on the road knowing about the change doesn’t convince him things will go smoothly in this transition.

“I think a lot of drivers are in a hurry, they’re distracted, they don’t know the law. And I think a lot of cyclists often can feel like they own the road,” Palacios said.

Here are some tips from the Beaverton Police Department:

  • Cyclists, ride defensively and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Even if you’re following the law as a cyclist, remember you’re most at risk.
  • Drivers, knowledge is power. Know and understand this new law.

Under this new law, a cyclist can be fined up to $250 for failing to yield at a stop sign or red flashing light intersection. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2020.

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(12) comments

PDX2MtHood

Have fun on your bike in the rain!

gherman22

I wonder what bloody genius came up with that brilliant idea? bicyclists in Portland already breeze through intersections as it is and because of that they pose an extreme danger to themselves and everyone around them. This is like legalizing suicide.

Rgh1970

Judging by the behavior of the majority of cyclists I see on the road, the only thing this changes is a shift towards total liability for automobile drivers.

Merlin

It is a good way to get rid of bicyclists.

Dean

Bad idea,as others posted many already act like they own the road and present a hazard for drivers with their bad behaviour and entitled attitudes. As a local truck driver I deal with it daily,it's especially annoying when there is a bike lane and they insist on riding in the road often times side by side hogging the lane impeding traffic.This will make things ever worse and only serves to embolden their sense of entitlement.

Native Born

We are a bicyclist also. We will continue to make a full stop at intersections! It doesn`t take that much energy to startup again from a stop.This is a stupid law that will lead to more traffic accidents.Any form of transport needs to follow the common sense rules of the road. This new law isn`t one!

kyjaha

Why are we just now learning of this? They didn't clearly explain the changes , even in this story, unless that's it they don't have to stop at stop signs but must slow down to " safe" speed and cam make turns at intersections. Is that it?

Delta Bravo

Everybody better get a dashcam. Cyclists will be rolling thru stop signs claiming right of way that is not theirs. Then it becomes the task of the auto driver to prove otherwise. Better have a dashcam or a witness.

Just curious

Dash cam would be the most accurate for both., driver and a bicyclists.

JPK2705

This is stupid and will lead to more injured bicyclists.

tearek

🤣🤣 Bicyclists already do what they want in Portland. This changes nothing.

Carolbrandt1

Stupid, and pandering.

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