Even on a bike trail, if you see a red light, you do have to obey it -- that's the law

The long construction project is finished, from Garthwick southward down McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie, which added a paved pedestrian and bicycle trail next to S.E. 17th that connects to the Springwater Trail at Linn Street. But some of its new users seem oblivious to traffic control devices along 17th.

The Milwaukie Police Department reported that, just in one hour on August 11, two separate collisions between bicycles and cars had occurred, although in these two cases, no one suffered any major injuries.

The first incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when a cyclist traveling northbound on the Trolley Trail rode through the intersection of S.E. River Road and McLoughlin Boulevard. The cyclist did not stop at the traffic signal, and was hit by a driver turning right on a green light onto McLoughlin.

Both the cyclist and the driver stayed at the scene of the accident and exchanged information. The cyclist suffered minor injuries and damage to the bicycle. The accident was reported to the police shortly after the incident occurred, and no citations were issued.

The second incident happened just 19 minutes later, when a cyclist traveling northbound on the 17th Avenue Bicycle Path crossed the intersection of S.E. 17th Ave. and Waverly Drive. As a driver traveling eastbound on Waverly Drive turned right on a green light onto 17th, the car collided with a cyclist, who had not stopped for the red light at the intersection, but told police he thought he had the right of way at the time.

The cyclist received minor scrapes and bruises, and both the bicycle and the vehicle received minor damage. No citations were issued to either party.

A total of four bicycle vs. motor vehicle incidents occurred in that same week in the same general area. The Milwaukie Police Department – as do the Portland Police – strongly urge both drivers and cyclists to take additional safety precautions, obey traffic control devices, and be extra alert for one another.

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