Rules of the Road

When you ride a bike on the road in Oregon, you have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Read Chapter 6.20 of the City of Grants Pass Uniform Code (PDF) (page 34-38) for additional rules and regulations for riding a bike within the city limits.

  • Ride as far to the right as practical. On 1-way streets within the city, you may ride on the far left as well.
  • Never ride against oncoming traffic on shoulder or shared lanes. This is illegal and very dangerous.
  • Ride single file, or no more than 2 abreast.
  • After dark, equip your bike with a white light visible at least 500 feet to the front and a red light or reflector visible at least 600 feet to the rear.
  • Safety helmets and visible clothing is recommended. For children under 16, helmets are required. Read through Fitting Your Bicycle Helmet (PDF), provided by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration.
  • If you ride on the sidewalk, always give the right of way to pedestrians and announce your presence loudly when you overtake and/or pass a pedestrian. Do not ride on the sidewalks in the following areas:
    • 6th and 7th streets, between A and M streets
    • G Street between 4th and 7th streets
  • Three-foot rule: All vehicles must provide a 3-foot safety zone to any bicyclist. The 3-foot rule does not apply to:
    • Pedestrians if they encroach into the bicyclist's path in a sudden, unanticipated movement
    • Bicyclists if
      • They move suddenly into the zone
      • They are traveling against the flow of traffic
      • There is a striped bicycle lane adjacent to where the motor vehicle is traveling.