Bicycles should not be immune from the rules of the road
When I was kid, I loved riding my bike. I was taught that when you ride your bike in the road, that you must obey the rules of the road. It seemed like common sense back then, and it still seems that way now. That, however, is not the way it seems to the city of Portland.
A woman was killed as a result of an accident with a truck last night. The truck was turning right onto a one way street, and the biker was heading straight through the intersection. Now, according to the city, bicycles have the right of way on our downtown streets. This would seem to be out of sorts. How is it that a bicycle that travels in the same lane as a car or truck, should take precedent over that car or truck.
This is another prime example of Mayor Sam Adams having the city's priorities out of whack.
Commercial trucks have huge blind spots, and when making a right turn the driver cannot see anything in that area. Trucks even have signs on the back of their trailers saying "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you."
The city won't admit it, but they've designed downtown Portland for collisions. I, for one, think it's sad that the city is putting their agenda ahead of the safety of their citizens.
Portland needs to return to the land of common sense, and start requiring bicyclists who choose to risk their lives by riding in the streets, to follow the same rules as the automobiles that drive on them.