"Bike Bill" and Use of Highway Funds: The Oregon Legislature passed ORS 366.514, aka the Bike Bill, in 1971.The bill requires facilities for people walking and biking wherever a road, street or highway is built or rebuilt. It applies to ODOT, cities and counties and requires spending reasonable amounts of their share of the state highway fund on facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists. These facilities must be located within the right-of-way of public roads, streets or highways open to motor vehicle traffic. The funds cannot be spent on trails in parks or other areas outside of a road, street or highway right-of-way. ODOT created additional guidance on ORS 366.514 Interpretation.
E-Bike & Scooter Pocket Guide: Read the summary of Oregon laws and regulations related to electric assist bicycles, e-scooters, mopeds, segways, and more. Includes answers to frequently asked questions like: “Is a helmet required?” and “Is it legal to ride on bike paths?”
Oregon Pedestrian, Bicyclist and Driver Selected Statutes Booklet
Summary of Oregon Revised Statutes Related to Walking & Bicycling: Read the summary of the Oregon Revised Statutes, or ORS, and Oregon Administrative Rules that relate to people walking and biking. You can navigate the ORS Summary by using the list of more commonly used terms with links to the appropriate ORS.
Oregon Stop as Yield Law (AKA “Idaho Stop”): Senate Bill 998, passed in June 2019, will allow people riding bicycles in Oregon to treat stop signs and flashing red signals as yield signs beginning January 1, 2020. ODOT is currently developing educational materials for this legal change.
Safe Passage Law: ODOT would like to remind drivers to give bicyclists extra room when passing, per 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.