Most Oregon drivers know to stop for pedestrians, walking within a marked cross walk when the pedestrian has the right of way as indicated by a green light or pedestrian walk signal. What many Oregon motorist don’t know is that under Oregon law, a crosswalk exists at EVERY intersection, whether or not the crosswalk is marked. ORS 811.028
A reasonable question to ask might be, “If a crosswalk exists at every intersection, where is the cross walk in an intersection without a marked crosswalk? “ Answer: Where one would expect the crosswalk to be: an imaginary connection of sidewalks on opposite sides of a street. If no sidewalks exist, where a sidewalk would be. Crosswalks need not be parallel with each other but crosswalks must be at least 6 feet wide and no more than 20 feet wide. Crosswalks exist mid-block ONLY where clearly marked.
A pedestrians’ right to cross at a crosswalk begins when any part of the pedestrian’s body (or body extension, such as a bicycle, cane or wheelchair) crosses the curb / street plane. At that point, the vehicle has a duty to stop —regardless of the color or any traffic signal device! ORS 811.028 (4). Oregon law prohibits pedestrians from walking directly into traffic, however. ORS 814.028 (4). A driver cannot enter into a crosswalk until the pedestrian clears its lane and is at least 6 feet away.