Safety and Laws
Transportation in Eugene includes a variety of travel choices: motor vehicles, bicycles, walking, and transit. All transportation users are responsible for ensuring their safety and the safety of others around them. Obeying posted speed limits, stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, and obeying all traffic controls, such as stop signs, prevents user conflicts and keeps the system working smoothly. Stay safe and informed, learn more about current Oregon and Eugene laws.
- Traffic Safety Devices: What they are and how to use them
- Eugene By Cycle: Safety Tips and Tricks
- Smart Cycling Videos: League of American Bicyclists
- A legal guide for people who bicycle by Attorney Ray Thomas
- A legal guide for people who walk by Attorney Ray Thomas
- Pocket Guide for Motorized Transportation Devices
- Report a Eugene transportation safety issue
Oregon law requires people driving cars or riding bikes to stop for people in all crosswalks, whether they are marked or unmarked. See Oregon Revised Statutes ORS 801.220, ORS 811.005-811.065. Understanding and following crosswalk laws can save a life. Failing to obey the law can lead to a lifetime of regret. Oregon’s crosswalk laws are written to provide a buffer of safety for people walking on the roadway.
The City of Eugene Transportation Every Corner is a Crosswalk Campaign aims to inform our community about crosswalk laws and safety.
To ensure the safety of all users, the City of Eugene relies on a variety of traffic safety devices and educational programs. View common traffic safety devices and learn how they work.
Eugene Laws: Walk, Bike, Skate
- Eugene Pedestrian Laws (Eugene’s pedestrian laws are contained in City Code Chapter 5.425.)
- Eugene Bicycle Laws (Eugene’s bicycle laws are contained in City Code Chapters 5.395, 5.400, and 5.420.)
Eugene Electric Assisted Bicycles Laws
People may ride an electric assisted bicycle on off-street paths with the electric motor engaged except within the East Alton Baker Park Plan boundary. It is illegal to ride electric assisted bicycles on sidewalks in Oregon.
Eugene Skateboard Laws
There are several locations where skateboarding on sidewalks is prohibited including downtown Eugene and near the University of Oregon. Skateboarding in the street is prohibited except when crossing the street in a crosswalk or at a right angle. City Code Chapter 5.450.
Downtown Eugene No-Sidewalk-Riding Zone
No person may ride a skateboard or bicycle on any sidewalk with the area bounded by the eastern sidewalk along Lincoln Street between 8th and 13th Avenues, the northern sidewalk along 8th Avenue between Lincoln and Pearl Streets, on either side of Willamette Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, the eastern sidewalk along Pearl Street between 8th and 13th Avenues, on either side of Broadway between Pearl and High Streets, and on the northern sidewalk along 13th Avenue between Pearl and Lincoln Streets.