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Know Your Rights: A Free Legal Clinic for Bike Riders

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 

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What should you do if you're riding your bike and are involved in an accident? Do you know the rules of the road and how they apply to cyclists? 

If you aren't sure, mark your calendars for the next Bicycle Rights Legal Clinic with Ray Thomas, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24th at 6pm. Hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Authority (BTA), these free clinics will help help riders understand their rights and responsibilities when cycling.

Widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities in bicycle rights, Thomas has been presenting helpful advice to Portland metro cyclists in these recurring free clinics for over 10 years. The clinics cover Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if you’re involved in an accident. 

Attendees will receive a free copy of Thomas' handbook, Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists. Now in its eighth edition, Pedal Power demystifies Oregon bicycle laws.

Thomas is a partner at Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton, a law firm which not only represents bicycle riders in legal cases, but also advocates for bicyclists' rights. He volunteers his time to help educate bike riders about their legal rights and responsibilities at clinics like these, free of charge. 

There will be time for questions and answers, so bring your notepad and curiosity. 

The bicycle rights free legal clinics are held at the BTA offices, located at 618 NW Glisan Street #401, Portland, OR 97209

For more information contact Stephanie Noll at [email protected]

Photo Credit: quapan via Compfight cc

 

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Üma Kleppinger is a Portland-based copy writer, author and advocate for full-contact anti-bummer living, by bike. She is a recovering sesquipedalian who writes about life in the saddle and outdoor adventure. She is also the author of BikeYoga, a yoga program for cyclists. When not writing, she can be found riding and racing her mountain bike throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Banner photo credit: Inal Ugyur on Flickr. Creative Commons License

 

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