Bikes and Trucks can Share the Road. The City of Portland Office of Transportation, Maintenance Operations and Transportation Options staff are working together to educate bicyclists and companies employing professional drivers about the importance of sharing the road. A special opportunity for bicyclists to interact with individuals who drive trucks and large equipment for a living will be offered during the evening commute on Tuesday, April 29, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The event will take place on SE Clinton Street just west of SE 39th Avenue.
What: Bike – Truck Safety Education Event
When: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Where: SE Clinton St. just west of SE 39th
Why: The City of Portland Office of Transportation wants to educate bicyclists and motorists about the unique challenges truck drivers face. It is important to recognize
blind spots and use caution around big trucks.
At this Share the Road event, bicyclists riding along the SE Clinton bikeway will have the opportunity to climb into the cab of a large working vehicle and sit in the driver’s seat. They will be able to view the roadway from the driver’s perspective. Even with additional mirrors and some emerging technologies, large trucks still have blind spots to the front, rear, and sides of the truck – especially along the passenger side.
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