Confused driver gets stuck in bike lane

Credit: Steve Basden

Cyclist Steve Basden came across the driver who mistakenly entered the I-205 bridge bicycle lane.

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by KGW staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 12:49 PM

PORTLAND -- A confused driver took a wrong turn Sunday morning and ended up in the center bike lane on the Interstate 205 bridge between Oregon and Washington.

At around 11 a.m., police stopped to help the driver who couldn't get out of the partitioned off lane near Government Island that sits between the north and southbound lanes of the bridge.

Authorities decided the best thing to do was walk the car to the Oregon side. One northbound lane was closed for about an hour, but traffic was not significantly affected. Some bikers, however, had trouble getting around the car.

The driver was not cited.

Racer Steve Baden came across the woman as he and a partner were crossing the bridge and called 911. He said the driver, realizing her mistake, was trying to drive to the Oregon side.

He could not believe the driver was not cited, and that this was not the first time a driver had entered the bikepath from the Washington side. Safety procedures need to be changed on that end of the bridge, he said.

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