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Bicyclist Safety

Program Manager

Julie Yip 
Phone: 503 986-4196
FAX:  503 986-3143 
ODOT - Transportation Safety Division - MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142
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Program Introduction


"Reduce bicyclists killed and injured in motor vehicle crashes from 708, the 5 year average from 2003 to 2007 to 555, a 3% reduction per year by 2015".

The Bicyclist Safety Program encourages bicyclist safety through:

Public information, program information and education programs for targeted audiences School presentations Law Enforcement Training

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Green Light Detection

Many traffic signals in Oregon change only when a vehicle is detected. Sometimes the signal’s detectors do not pick up a bicycle, motorcycle or other small vehicle. A new law (SB 533) goes into effect January 1, 2016, allowing bicycles and motorcycles in limited situations to proceed through a red light after coming to a complete stop and waiting through a signal cycle. 

In the meantime, before the new law comes into effect, you may want to learn how to get the green light. Download our flyer below to learn more about how signal detection systems work and how to make them work for you.

Getting a Green Light on Your Bicycle
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Safe Passage

Bright sunny days mean good riding weather for both drivers and people on bikes. ODOT 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 the rider 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 safely possible.
· If you cannot pass safely, you must slow down and remain behind the bicycle until it is safe to


View the new ODOT 30-second Safe Passage PSA - YouTube


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Media and Publications


Simple Steps  Oregon TV PSA encourages all, pedestrians and drivers alike, to practice courtesy and safety to avoid tragic consequences.  The PSA is eligible for public use.  It is a 4 MB wmv file and may be copied and used until October 30, 2015. 

Share the Road - Large Vehicle/Bike Posters
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  The Bicyclist's Survival Guide                                        The Driver's Field Guide


 Oregon Bicyclist Manual           Selected State Statutes

A Perfectly Fitted Bicycle Helmet      
Un Casco de Calce Perfecto

            Safe Biking for Kids  (Activity Book)

Safe Biking                      
Ciclismo Seguro

Roundabouts - Another Safe Intersection  (Activity Book)


Lighten Up Poster   
 Lighten Up Poster                        Helmet Poster     

Kids and Bicycle Safety - (NHTSA)

On the Web

A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking 
(HTML Version Coming in Early February) 
Includes information, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about issues that affect walking and biking conditions; find ways to address or prevent these problems; and promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The Guide provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and also contains fact sheets, worksheets, and sample materials that can be distributed or adapted to meet the needs of a community. References to other resources and materials are also provided.


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Bike Wheels to Steering Wheels

The following files contain the Bike Wheels to Steering Science Curriculum.  It was written by Portland Public School's science curriculum specialists, Wendy Archibald, Tracy Temple, Frank Fields and the Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program. This project was developed through a grant from the Transportation Safety Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation. (All Rights Reserved)
Parent-Youth Traffic Safety Agreement

Parent-Youth Traffic Safety Agreement (Spanish)

Bike Wheels to Steering Wheels

Bike Wheels to Steering Wheels (Spanish)

Gotta Brain, Get a Helmet

The Physics of Bicycle and Helmet Safety rev. 10/11

Additional Bike Lesson

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Questions and Answers

Q:   Is there an Oregon law that addresses bicycle trailers and safety standards?
A:  There is currently no Oregon law that governs the safety of bicycle trailers. However, there is interest this year as Senate Bill 846 has been introduced into the current Oregon legislative session, sponsored by Senator Floyd Prozanski, that seeks to establish minimum safety standards for bike trailers in use in Oregon.
Without Oregon law specifying safety standard guidelines, parents should be looking at manufacturer statements that their product has been designed based on the standards developed by respected test laboratories for non-powered trailers pulled behind bicycles for transport.  As an example, http://burley.com website has information about trailer safety and testing for their products.
One set of standards for bicycle trailers has been developed by ASTM International, ASTM F1975 -09, Standard Specification for Non-powered Bicycle Trailers Designed for Human Passengers. The following is the abstract from the ASTM website:
“This specification covers non-powered trailers intended to be pulled behind bicycles to transport one or two children with accessory loads with a prescribed maximum weight. It includes methods for strength, impact drop, structural integrity in rollover, tip-over resistance, single-occupant trailer, double-occupant trailer, coupling security, and system fatigue tests. The tests confirm that this specification is satisfied. The specification also prescribes colors, reflectors, and flags for conspicuity.”
ASTM’s standards are used worldwide to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.
Parents may also benefit from reviewing respected consumer guides, such as ConsumerReports.org. They have a very good online report on bike trailer buying advice. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/baby-toddler/bike-trailers/bike-trailer-buying-advice/bike-trailer-getting-started/bike-trailer-getting-started.htm
Their recommendation is not to purchase a bike trailer or bike seat until the baby is at least 1 year old. “We don’t recommend bike trailers and bike seats for children younger than that because they may not be physically equipped to withstand the forces they’ll be exposed to when riding in them. Children younger than a year old can’t support their heads properly while wearing a helmet, as all riders should.”
Also, parents should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the maximum weight, and recommended use of the trailer. 
Q:  At what age must children wear a helmet when riding a bicycle?
A:  Regarding bike helmet use, ORS 814.485 requires a person under16 years of age to wear protective headgear when riding as an operator or rider of a bicycle on a roadway or on premises open to the public. The protective headgear must be the type approved under ORS 815.052, which are helmets for bicyclists that are labeled certifying compliance with U.S. CPSC standards.  Oregon law does not specify a minimum age for when bicycle helmets are required to be worn. 
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