Riding a bike in Downtown Portland can be intimidating at times. There are numerous cars, there are one way streets, bike lanes abruptly begin and end, drivers are constantly turning right in front of you (think of the "right hook"), and you have to be constantly aware of getting "doored" by a driver opening their door in front of you. Some people decide to avoid these dangers by riding their bicycle on the Downtown sidewalks. However, these people are breaking the law by riding their bicycles on the sidewalk. Yes, that is correct it is illegal to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk in downtown Portland Oregon.
This is due to the fact that the sidewalks are heavily congested in Downtown. Also, cyclist that leave the sidewalk to cross streets often will dart in front of traffic. A bicycle colliding with a pediestrian or vehicle can result in serious injuries. As a result, Portland has enacted Portland City Code 16.70.320.
What does this mean? Well a picture is worth a thousand words. See the map below to see exactly where it is illegal to ride a bicycle on the Sidewalk.
If you have any questions about where to ride your bicycle in Downtown Portland, please call 503.224.1658. If you or someone you know is a cyclist who has been hit by a car, please call me at Ross Law LLC. Please remember the law is constantly changing. It is best to check the Portland City Code and DO NOT rely on this map or web-site as it may be OUTDATED. Also this website, blog, and its contents are not to be considered legal advice but may be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. Please ride safely!