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Dangerous Passing: Reflections on a Close Call and Bicycle Safety

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Richard and I have ridden up to this corner together countless times on the Lawyer Noontime Ride. It was a fresh mid February day and I had just finished telling him the story of how my son Chris was hit by a car the night before, his first crash in a few years. He was commuting home and a Trailblazers fan trying to find a parking space before tipoff ran a stop sign right in front of him. Both were going about 15 mph and fortunately the only casualty was a broken rear wheel. We got to the stop sign at Civic Stadium and saw a White Subaru Forester coming toward us on the through street on the left but with plenty of distance back from us. Richard started to wait in case I did as I am the more timid rider but it seemed like the car was moving slow enough and my Car Psychoanalysis MMPI for a Subaru Forester was that it is a benign or at least semi-positive auto type (“Love, it’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru” as the current ad slogan goes…) so I stopped enough to say I did it and rolled around the corner with him beside me.

As we headed northbound parallel to the Max tracks the rest of the riders were a ways behind us and had just pulled in behind the Subaru. They were now all behind the Subaru as we headed toward where the Max tracks cross the road. There were about a dozen of us, and it was one of those days where the pavement is damp but it’s not really sprinkling but is misting a little. As I approached where the tracks cross the road in front of us we were riding two up with me to the left. I moved slightly toward Richard to get my crossing angle correct as I know the tracks would be wet and slick, and then I steered left so I would hit them at as perpendicular an angle as I could. We were going about 12 mph, just cruising along companionably as we rode out of town to go race the hills just like we have every Thursday for a decade or so he has been in the ride, (for me that number was 25 years). This was the warm up and social part of our ride through NW Portland and we were just spinning through town picking up a few riders on the way who were waiting for us at the places they knew we would be coming past instead of them riding all the way to Pioneer Square where the main group assembles and rolls out together.

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STCN Bike Legal Clinics Continue Throughout Oregon

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STCN continues its long tradition of educating Oregon’s cyclists about their legal rights to the roadways this spring by presenting legal clinics in conjunction with other bicycle and active transportation partners.

Cynthia Newton served as invited presenter for women cyclists at Western Bike Works’ NW Portland shop on March 2, at the BTA’s Women Bike Clinic on March 9, and at Ride Like A Girl’s Reach the Beach training series on March 23.  For more information about Ride Like A Girl, visit http://ridelikeagirlportland.com.  For more information about the BTA’s Women’s Series, visit www.btaoregon.org/womenbike.

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Attorney Ray Thomas Completes the Share the Road Safety Class

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Ray Thomas, one of the founding partners of and current Personal Injury and Bicycle & Pedestrian Law attorney at Swanson, Thomas & Coon, recently underwent the Share the Road Safety Class (SRSC) without court mandate.  The SRSC is a class specifically focused on traffic law and safety issues in regards to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

Developed for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers who have received a citation for not practicing road safety, this class enlightens participants about sharing the public right of way on the road. By covering topics such as failure to yield the right of way, use of defective equipment and non-use of safety equipment, the SRSC is teaching, promoting, and upholding safe road practices for all individuals using the road.

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Sharing the Sidewalk: Bicycle Attorney Ray Thomas Weighs In

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As Portland grows more bicycle friendly, many pedestrians are feeling left out in the cold. Oregonian columnist Joseph Rose recently addressed the issue of sharing the sidewalk when a reader asked whether, if cyclists are treated as motorists on roadways, they should still be using sidewalks and crosswalks like pedestrians.

Rose noted that cyclists are legally permitted to use both roads and sidewalks in Oregon, and he asked bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas to weigh in.

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