Well, the cyclist isn't a traffic control device. The stop sign was and what you're supposed to is laid out in ORS 811.260(15): A driver approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if there is no marked crosswalk, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. After stopping, the driver shall yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.
It sounds like you did the first part, the stopping, but may not have done the second part, the yielding. And yes, bikes are vehicles.
You may t want to throw in the towel just yet. Id recommend asking fir a trial and trying to negotiate a resolution with the officer (although this may be more succesful if you have an attorney representing you). You may have defenses you could raise, too, depending on the layout of the intersection.
Best of luck to you!
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First of all, I'd be careful how many identifiable details you put online, especially attaching your name and city and a point by point description of what happened. At this point the victim has no injury complaints, but if she later does, I'm sure your insurance company would prefer you keep your account of events between you and them. For the same reason, I would caution against a guilty plea.
It seems like there were no eyewitness, so I assume the police issued you a citation based on whatever you and the victim told them. As for the law, as the other attorney said, stopping at the stop sign is only the first half of what a stop-sign means. It also means don't then pull out into traffic. Bikes are traffic.
Second, as a Corvallis cyclist, please don't hit us. I know it was an accident, but I hope you'll continue to be even more careful.
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