Here in the bike friendly community of Corvallis, a place where there’s more spots to lock up your bike than park your car, it can get a little confusing trying to figure out what is right and wrong. Have you ever been rolling down the street in your top of the line aluminum bicycle or even your bamboo extended skateboard and wondered…am I doing this right? Am I complying with all city, county, and state laws and regulations while operating my sweet whip? Or am I riding dirtier than Chamillionaire in 2005? I have put together resources from around the city and with simple tips to remember when taking your wheels out for a ride whether it be a bicycle, skateboard, or even walking down the road.
Below is “Corvallis and Benton County’s Bicycle Guide” from 2012 that not only introduces you to facts of the city but also has 9 tips to keep in mind when riding around Corvallis. You can see the map and tips here:
“What if I skateboard or long board?”
Good question. Lucky enough Corvallis has put together a nice 3-page piece laying out everything from what is considered skates (basically all skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, etc.) to the rules and regulations of those skates. Below I have cut out an excerpt from the city’s “Skating in Corvallis” that seemed most pertinent to all the skaters, regulations:
Protective Headgear is required on all persons under 16 years of age when operating skates.
Traffic Regulations Operators of skates on a street shall be subject to all laws and provisions of the State and City codes applicable to the operations of bicycles. They include (but are not limited to):
- Proper Lighting Equipment During darkness, white light to the front, and red reflector or light to the rear. Ã\
- Traffic Control Devices Traffic signals, signs and other official traffic control devices shall be obeyed at all times.
- Attaching Attaching to moving vehicles is not permitted.
- Careless Operation Operating skates in a manner endangering or likely to endanger any person or property is prohibited.
- Skaters must give an audible warning before overtaking or passing a pedestrian.
Skaters on sidewalks shall not suddenly leave the curb or other place and move into the path of a vehicle that is close enough to create an immediate hazard.
Ordinary walk speed is required on all sidewalks when approaching a crosswalk, driveway, crossing a curb cut or pedestrian ramp, and when a vehicle is approaching one of these places.
Reduced speed is not required:
*Where the path does not approach or cross that of motor vehicles.
*When motor vehicles are not present.
Except as otherwise specified, an operator of skates on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.
Racing is not permitted
You can check out the rest of the very informative 3-pages here:
If you would like even more information on biking and skating laws in Corvallis, another good link to check out is:
While pedestrians almost always have the right away, especially in a community like Corvallis, there are still a few things to remember. I’ve attached just a few tips straight from the people over at corvallisrightofway.com to keep in mind as a pedestrian or even those who drive around so many of them:
When can a pedestrian enter the crosswalk?
The pedestrian invokes his right to cross when any part or extension of the pedestrian (body, cane, wheelchair, or bicycle) enters the crosswalk. Vehicles must stop if they are able. ORS 811.028(4)
What must a driver do if a pedestrian crosses during a “Don’t Walk” sign?
Vehicles must always yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Even if there’s a “Don’t Walk” sign, vehicles must yield as if the pedestrian was legally crossing. In the event of collision, the pedestrian can be cited for their failure to regard the sign, and the vehicle can be cited for their failure to yield to the pedestrian in a crosswalk. ORS 811.028, Legal Guide for Persons on Foot p.20-21, 108
How long should a vehicle remain stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk?
Until the pedestrian passes the lane adjacent to the vehicle’s travel. If a vehicle is turning, it must remain stopped until pedestrian passes adjacent lane or be at least 6 ft from the lane into which the vehicle is turning. ORS 811.028
What are the rules for stopping in sidewalks or crosswalks?
It’s illegal to stop or park in sidewalks, in crosswalks. or within 20 feet of crosswalks.
Safe travels OSU!