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Bike Tigard

Crosswalk Beacon Keepin’ it Safe at Crosswalks
The city has installed rapid-flashing beacons at four Tigard crosswalks: Durham Road at Tigard High School, Greenburg Road at Center Street, Walnut Street at Grant Avenue, and 68th Parkway south of Hampton Street. These crossings are popular with pedestrians, but do not have traffic signals.

Crosswalk Beacons
The solar-powered beacons, stationed along both sides of the street, are mounted on posts with typical crosswalk signage. Pedestrians press a button to activate the beacons, which produce yellow flashing lights. The lights signal motorists to yield to pedestrians waiting at the curb or walking in the crosswalk. Depending on the width of the crossing, beacons flash for 20 to 40 seconds before turning off automatically. Research shows that crosswalk beacons significantly increase the number of motorists who yield to pedestrians. In one study, rates improved from 18 percent before beacons to 81 percent after beacons.

Crosswalk Reminders
  • Cross at designated signals or crosswalks where motorists expect to see you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street.
  • Make yourself visible to motorists; be predictable and carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Be alert for pedestrians, particularly at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Yield to pedestrians who are crossing or waiting to cross the street.
  • Keep in mind that, according to state law, a crosswalk exists across all sides of an intersection—even if the crosswalk is not marked.

Did you know...
Did you know that when you're riding in the street (acting as a vehicle) and a school bus stops with flashing red lights, you must stop before reaching it and wait, just like any other vehicle on the road (see ORS 811.155). Easy enough. But cyclists also have the ability under Oregon law to become pedestrians (ORS 814.410). If you choose to exercise that option and use the sidewalk to cautiously pass, keep these rules (from Dan Pegoda of the Animated Traffic Law Center) in mind:

  • yield right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal when passing
  • slow to walking speed when crossing a crosswalk or driveway
  • don't operate your bicycle in a careless manner
  • don't operate an electric-assisted bicycle

Pedestrians and Cyclists Have a Voice
Are you interested in walking and cycling issues in Tigard? If so, we'd like to hear from you! The public is always welcome.

Next Meeting:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Permit Center Conference Room #1
13125 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard)
Meetings are open to the public.

As some meetings get cancelled, it is best to call (503-718-2462) or e-mail before attending.

Subcommittee’s current tasks include:
  • Identifying and prioritizing projects to address gaps and key connections in the city's pedestrian and bicycle transportation system.
  • Providing input on project design and planning issues related to walking and cycling.
  • Helping city staff understand the needs of walkers and cyclists who travel in and around Tigard.
  • Policies and Protocols

Tigard Bike Map —
Tigard's bike map (partially funded by Metro regional government) is available. Free copies are available at city offices, the Tigard Public Library and several local businesses.

Download a low-resolution PDF version of the main map now:
» 11 x 8.5 (8 MB)
» 14.25 x 11 (12 MB)

If you would like a map mailed to you, email your name/address to Mike McCarthy or phone 503-718-2462.

Weather-Resistant Bike Tigard Map

City Links:
  • Self-guided Park/Trail Tour Map
  • Tigard Maps
  • Tigard Parks
  • Tigard Public Works Department

  • Problem? Let Us Know:
    Report a streetlight outage
    Report a street hazard

    Other Links:
  • Bikes and TriMet
  • Bus and Transit Information
  • Drive Less. Save More
  • The Intertwine
  • Metro Trails and Greenways
  • Washington County

  • Tigard Employee Bike Team


    City of Tigard, 13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223
    Automated Phone Attendant: 503-639-4171
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