Jones and 12th

Bend may make safety improvements at NE 12 Street and NE Jones Road. 

Some bicyclists treat Bend streets like it’s the Tour de France. Some pedestrians are also downright reckless.

But for those who are more careful, the city of Bend is working toward making the streets more bike and pedestrian friendly and reducing risk.

The Bend City Council is scheduled to discuss on Aug. 5 adding to its street safety program along NE 12th Street and NE Jones Road. The city has aimed to create an interconnected system of routes that are safer for bicyclists and pedestrians to get around. Those so-called “greenways,” such as NE Sixth Street, have more signage and on busy intersections they can have clearly marked crosswalks. This new project is more of a neighborhood safety improvement to that network.

Walk or bike around town and you know there are problem areas — lack of sidewalks, busy streets that can be hard to cross, bike lanes full of debris. And if you are a pedestrian, you cannot assume drivers will stop for you in a marked crosswalk — let alone an unmarked one. The Oregon Driver Manual tells drivers plainly: “You must stop for pedestrians crossing the road at any marked or unmarked crosswalk.” How often does a driver stop for you as a pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk? For us, it’s a pleasant surprise.

Greenways and the city’s safety projects don’t pretend to fix that driving behavior. They can help. The intersection of NE 12th Street and NE Jones Road is next to Hollinshead Park. That’s another one of Bend’s great parks. Right next to that intersection is a hill that some drivers zoom down toward Hollinshead or hit the gas to get up.

The idea is that the city would add “signs, pavement markings, and traffic calming, such as speed humps, a traffic circle, and concrete islands to slow and discourage cut-through traffic.” The roads aren’t being closed to cars and access to homes is not being restricted. The cost is to be not more than $293,000.

Why that project and not another one? It was narrowed down from 360 submittals based on input from neighborhood associations and city staff. Not an easy choice. But it’s another step toward making Bend more bike and pedestrian safe.

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Bicycle riders please read and follow - which many of you don't - Oregon's laws regarding use of the roads and sidewalks by...bicycle riders.


It’s important to know your legal rights (and duties) when bicycling in Oregon. It is especially important after a bicycle accident (we call them bicycle “crashes” and explain why here).

For any questions about the State’s bike laws, or about your rights to the road, contact attorney Bob Mionske directly.

Right to the Road

Oregon bicyclists generally have the same rights, and same duties, as drivers of motor vehicles.


Clinging to motor vehicles while biking is not permitted.

Bicycles may only carry the number of persons for which it is designed, except an adult may carry a child in a backpack or sling.

Sirens are not permitted on bicycles except for used by a police or fire department.


There is no statewide requirement for helmet for adults, however, children under 16 years of age in Oregon must legally wear a helmet while riding in public.


Oregon’s DUI statute does apply to bicyclists and the state’s DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) applies to people on bikes.

Where to Ride

Bicycles are to ride as close as practicable and safe to the right side of the roadway except when overtaking another bicyclist, when preparing to make a left turn, when necessary to avoid a fixed or slow moving object or vehicle or when riding in a substandard width lane.

On one-way roads bicyclists may ride are near the left hand side of the roadway as is practicable.


Sidewalk riding is generally permitted but bicyclists except where prohibited by local ordinance. Cyclists riding on a sidewalk must yield the right of way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing.

Motor Vehicle Doors

No person may open the door of a motor vehicle unless it is safe to do so.

Bike Lanes, Bike Paths and Multi-Use Paths

Oregon bicyclists are required to ride in or upon bike lanes or paths when it is adjacent to the roadway with exceptions for right and left turns and to avoid hazards.

Left turns

To turn left bicyclists may perform a “box turn” or use the left turn lane.

A left turning bicyclist has the right of way over a driver intending to proceed straight at an intersection.

Stop Signs and Traffic Control Devices

Bicyclists are required to come to a full and complete stop at all stop signs and traffic lights displaying a red signal.


Bicyclists must use hand/arm signals when turning and stopping.

Drivers Overtaking Bicyclists

If a vehicle passing a bicyclist is travelling over 35 miles per hour, the overtaking vehicle must pass the bicyclist at a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the bicyclist if the bicyclist were to fall over into the lane of traffic.

Bicycles Passing on the Right

Bicyclists may pass motor vehicles on the right if it is reasonably safe to do so.

Group Riding

Bicyclists may not ride more than 2 abreast and may not impede motor vehicle traffic.


Every bicycle must be equipped with a white front facing headlight, and a red rear reflector or light, visible from at least 500 feet when used at nighttime.

Every bicycle must have a red reflector or lighting device or material of such size or characteristics and so mounted as to be visible from all distances up to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will adequately control movement of and stop and hold such bicycle within 15 from 10 mph on level dry clean pavement.

Police Inspection of Bicycles

A uniformed police officer may stop and inspect a bicycle at any time upon reasonable cause that a bicycle is unsafe or not equipped as required by law.

Electric Assist Bikes

Oregon Law (ORS 801.258]) defines an electric assisted bicycle as an electric motor-driven vehicle equipped with operable pedals, a seat or saddle for the rider, no more than three wheels in contact during travel. In addition, the vehicle must be equipped with an electric motor that is capable of applying a power output of no greater than 1,000 watts, and that is incapable of propelling the vehicle at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour on level ground

Bicyclists may use a e-bikes in the same matter as traditional bicycles except sidewalk riding is prohibited and rider must legally use a helmet.

D Kelly

You need a refresher course: full stop no longer required at stop signs or blinking red lights.


Correct - and incorrect. If you are going to be smug - be good at it.

Read the new law below to include what actions will still earn you a citation.

ORS 814.414¹

Improper entry into intersection controlled by stop sign

• penalty




Related Statutes

(1)A person operating a bicycle who is approaching an intersection where traffic is controlled by a stop sign may, without violating ORS 811.265 (Driver failure to obey traffic control device), do any of the following without stopping if the person slows the bicycle to a safe speed:

(a)Proceed through the intersection.

(b)Make a right or left turn into a two-way street.

(c)Make a right or left turn into a one-way street in the direction of traffic upon the one-way street.

(2)A person commits the offense of improper entry into an intersection where traffic is controlled by a stop sign if the person does any of the following while proceeding as described in subsection (1) of this section:

(a)Fails to yield the right of way to traffic lawfully within the intersection or approaching so close as to constitute an immediate hazard;

(b)Disobeys the directions of a police officer or flagger, as defined in ORS 811.230 (Definitions);

(c)Fails to exercise care to avoid an accident; or

(d)Fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in an intersection or crosswalk under ORS 811.028 (Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian).

(3)The offense described in this section, improper entry into an intersection where traffic is controlled by a stop sign, is a Class D traffic violation. [2019 c.683 §2]

D Kelly

You are so obtuse. And it’s hilarious.

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