With warmer weather fast approaching, it is time to get ready for another bicycle season. Whether you bike to work, school, or just for fun, riding a bike provides a convenient way to get where you want to go, while being good for you and the environment as well. Portland has an active bicycling community, with bicycle corrals for parking located conveniently throughout town. The following can help you to get familiar with where Portland’s bicycle parking corrals are located so you have a spot to lock up your bike securely, while providing some tips on how to avoid bicycle accidents and injuries.
Finding A Bicycle Parking Corral
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) reports that there are 142 bike corrals located throughout the city. They provide a convenient, secure area for bicyclists to park while at events or when running errands, while being a cost-effective way to free up parking spaces for motorists.
Bicycle corrals are generally located on street corners, in the parking strips of areas with high demand. They feature groups of six, nine, or twelve bike racks spread out over one or two parking spaces, which can accommodate anywhere from 12 to 24 different bicyclists. Parking is free, and you can view Portland’s bicycle corral map online. The bulk of bike corrals are directly in the downtown area, with additional spots located near the following:
- North near the Kenton and Cathedral Park neighborhoods;
- East along the Oregon Trail and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Highway;
- In neighborhoods south of the city, between 14th and 17th Avenues;
- Southwest, off the I-95 corridor.
If you are a merchant and building manager and frequently notice large congregations of cyclists parked near your area, you can fill out an application to have a bicycle corral installed through the PBOT.
Bicycle Safety Tips
To get ready for bicycle season, check out the Portland Bicycle Guide, which offers information on everything from getting your bike ready and gear you might need, to traffic laws and ways to prevent bicycle accidents and injuries. These include:
- Check your tire condition and pressure each time before heading out, and make sure your brakes and functioning properly.
- Use bike lanes and overpasses whenever possible.
- Always remember to use hand signals 100 yards before making turns or coming to a stop.
- Ride with traffic and obey all traffic lights and signals.
- Use caution in crosswalks, and yield the right of way to pedestrians.
- Be alert for sudden turns when passing motor vehicles.
- Keep an eye out for hazardous road conditions, which could cause you to lose control of your bike.
- Never ride while under the influence of alcohol, or any other intoxicating substance.
Have You Been Injured In A Bicycling Accident?
Contact our Portland personal injury attorneys for help if you are injured as the result of a bicycle accident, contact the Johnston Law Firm right away. Our Portland personal injury attorneys can advise you on the best course of action in your situation, so that you can get the compensation you need to recover.