No parking in bike lanes

I live near South Medford High School and am wondering whether it is legal to park in the bike lane along Diamond. On my way home in the evening, I travel down Diamond and turn onto Warren, and have been noticing many vehicles parked along Diamond on the side with the bike lane and along Warren next to the softball and baseball fields. The curbs are not painted yellow along this stretch of Warren, but there are signs stating "No Parking" with arrows pointing in both directions. It appears these vehicles are either parents picking up their daughters from softball practice or vehicles belonging to the girls themselves. This happened last summer as well on the weekends or evenings when there were games. I had been told that you could be cited for parking in a bike lane.

— Carrie Billson

You were told correctly, Carrie. ORS 811.550 lists 24 places where stopping, standing and parking are prohibited. Coming in at No. 23 is "on a bicycle lane," followed by "on a bicycle path."

There are exemptions for certain situations, and those are covered in ORS 811.560, which lists nine exemptions, including road repair workers or disabled vehicles. There may be an exemption under No. 2, which says "to momentarily pick up or discharge a passenger," so some parents doing that, as you state, might be exempt.

But players parked there for practice would be in violation of this statute. To top that off, exemption No. 2 probably would not work if there are signs posted that say "No Parking" because in the list of 24 prohibited places, No. 14 prohibits places where traffic-control devices prohibit stopping.

I also live in that area, so I'll check it out. If found to be in violation of ORS 811.550, a driver would be subject to a $110 fine.

Dace Cochran is a patrol sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Email him at cochradc@jacksoncounty.org.


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