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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.

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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