Excellent article on sharing the road with bicycles

Sergeant Dave Teem of the Newport (OR) Police Department has written an excellent article about sharing the road with bicyclists:
Whether motorists agree or not, bicyclists are using the highways, roadways and streets. ORS 814.430 lists specific guidelines, but essentially the law states that, "Bicycles have a right to the road." Instead of asking yourself why the bicycle is there, go into your normal defensive driving mode and formulate a plan of action (not reaction). Are there any obstructions that could cause the cyclist to suddenly change his line of travel? Remember, most debris that cyclists may be trying to avoid isn't visible to passing motorists. Is there anyone behind you in case you have to make emergency maneuvers? Are cars approaching from the other direction?

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