Corvallis Bicycle Laws

Under Oregon Law, ORS 814.400(1)(a), all bicycles ridden on public streets are subject to the same rules and regulations as motor vehicles, except for those that cannot apply. Some basic Corvallis bicycle rules are:

Always ride with (in the same direction) as the flow of traffic.

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • On downtown sidewalks and on Monroe Avenue sidewalks from 14th to Arnold Way, you must walk your bike.
  • On sidewalks where bicycle riding is allowed, you must yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian and give an audible warning before overtaking and passing. You must also slow to a speed not greater than an ordinary walk when near a crosswalk, driveway, or pedestrian ramp.
  • When riding at less than the normal speed of traffic on streets without bike lanes, you must ride as close as practical to the right curb or edge of the roadway to allow traffic to move smoothly.
  • Bicyclists must use the following hand signals: For a left turn, extend the left arm; for a right turn, extend the right arm or extend the left arm creating a 90 degree angle with the hand extended upwards.
  • For riding at times of low visibility, such as at night or in fog, a white headlight visible 500 feet to the front and a red reflector visible 600 feet to the rear are required.
  • The law requires bicycle helmets for bicycle riders under the age of 16 and for bicycle passengers under the age of 16. However, a helmet is recommended for all ages at all times.
  • Park your bike in a safe place where it will not be an obstruction or hazard to others. Bicycles parked on sidewalks, at building entrances, in roadways, and in driveways can be dangerous.

Recommended Bike Equipment

For night riding wear bright and reflective clothing. Also, have reflectors on the wheel spokes to allow you to be visible from the side. A bell or horn can help to warn people of your presence. Sirens or whistles are prohibited because they may be confused with emergency vehicles. Your brakes should be good enough to skid on dry pavement. While riding, bicycle helmets are HIGHLY recommended for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. When buying a helmet be sure it meets ANSI safety performance standards. Other protective clothing such as sturdy shoes and heavy pants prevent minor spills from causing major abrasion

Last updated: 9/7/2012 11:30:03 AM