You Mean You Can Get a Ticket For That?

By Dave DeLuca

BikeSafetyEveryone knows that bicyclists are supposed to follow the same rules of the road as automobiles. Some bikers forget, until they’re pulled over by police for running a red light. Since traffic fines for bicycles are the same as those for cars, the potential exists for hundreds of dollars in fees. Luckily, Jerry Rooney and Jim Munford teach a bicycle safety class for the city of Corvallis. Attendees who pass a test at the end get their traffic tickets erased. Students are charged $40, which goes to the municipal court and the instructors.

The two-hour class covers safe and unsafe practices related to riders, bikes, and traffic. The concept of visibility is explained thoroughly, along with an overview of the rules of the road. The concept of sharing the road is also discussed. Riders learn how to coordinate with motor vehicles, other bikers, and pedestrians.

The Oregon Bicyclist Manual, which can always be found at the Corvallis City Library, serves as a text for students. This same manual can be found online if you’re curious.

You don’t have to pedal through a stop sign in front of the Law Enforcement Center to attend. Diversion Class is open to the public at no charge to those not encumbered with bicycle moving violations.

Class takes place on the second Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the library. For more information or to reserve a spot, email nationally certified bicycle safety instructor Jerry Rooney at jeroon@peak.com.

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