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Bicyclist Safety

The goal of the Bicyclist Safety Program is to promote safe riding to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from motor vehicle crashes.


The Oregon Department of Transportation would like to remind drivers to give bicyclists extra room when passing (ORS 811.065).

  • At speeds greater than 35 mph, you may only pass a bicycle traveling in your lane if you have enough distance to prevent contact with the bicyclist if they were to fall.
  • The same rules for passing other vehicles apply to bicycles. You may cross the center line if it is safe and legal to do so. Return to your lane as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • If you cannot pass safely, you must slow down and remain behind the bicycle until it is safe to pass.

View the 30-second Safe Passage PSA video or for more information, download the English Pass Safely brochure or Spanish Pase Con Seguridad brochure.

ODOT Storeroom Order Form​

Activity Sheet

Safe Biking For Kids Activity Sheet


The Bicyclist's Survival Guide - Digital format only
Oregon Bicyclist Manual - Stock #330430
Bicycle Commuting in Winter - Digital format only
Pass Safely - English - Digital format only
Pass Safely - Spanish - Digital format only
Look Yield Save a Life 1 - Digital format only
Look Yield Save a Life 2 - Digital format only

On the Web

A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking - This Federal Highway Administration booklet includes information, ideas, about issues that affect walking and biking conditions. It gives ideas on how to find ways to address or prevent these problems and promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Heidi Manlove
Program Manager

Transportation Safety Division
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142


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