After nearly getting right hooked at the Broadway/Lovejoy intersection (PDX) back in 2008, I took some pictures and started raising awareness about the problem.
I posted about it on BikePortland's forum, sent some emails/photos, and started calling the people who I thought could help... Looks like something is being done here now...
Hopefully this will not be the end of it, and they will be doing something similar to what they are doing at the Broadway/Williams intersection now...
Photo J. Maus
They added a "NO TURN ON RED" sign, and the bike signal is louvered to prevent motorists from seeing our green light.
See PBOT's latest tweak to Broadway/Williams bike signal
See Something? DO SOMETHING!!!
Last edited by K'Tesh; 12-30-10 at 05:34 AM.
On the 54th Annual First Day Ride (PDX), I bent the ear of the director of the BTA for a few blocks talking about unsafe grates and what we can do to get them fixed..
I have photos, this is really funny. Nature handed us a Blizzard on 26 December, 2010, and left us with two feet of snow. The Department of Public Works only cleared one lane of Northbound Glen Cove Avenue, at the intersection of Glen Cove Ave and Glen Cove Road. Today, it was warm, and the snow was easy to work with. So I created this "Snow Sculpture" of a "Physically Separated Bicycle Path".
All that needs to be done now is replace the plowed-up snow-berm with a concrete Jersey Barrier. Enjoy the Pictures:
Start of Physically separated Bike Path:
All the snow was forced down this storm drain:
This is where it ends (I shoveled the Sidewalk too).:
It's pretty long, this is the main section:
I shoveled the part near the traffic island, and the wheelchair ramps:
All these shots are near the Glen Cove Fire Department, and in front of the Glen Cove Library:
I hope we can re-circulate these pictures, and show that a Jersey Barrier could be installed PERMANENTLY, without interfering with traffic. This plowed snow berm was here a whole week now, and there weren't any traffic jams.
Over the weekend I helped with a Scout outing that was short on leadership. They had a cabin to camp in over the weekend. Since it was only 10 miles away, I packed what I needed on my commuter and pedaled through a lake effect blizzard to meet them there. At least the kids now have the idea that a bike can be more than a toy. I posted a short blurb on my blog.
I went around a school bus.
Well, no photos for tonight's mission... I rode on a portion of the Worst Day of the Year Ride's 45 mile route. There is a (VERY steep) section that parallels Hwy 26, just west of Pointer Rd where the MUP narrows. It also has a slight turn, and three lamp posts that have bases that jut out into the MUP. I called ODOT and asked that they put in some kind of reflective markers, and add some kind of on path markings (paint) to prevent a possible crash. Then this evening, I found two reflective pavement markers* laying loose in a bike lane, so I went up there and superglued them to a couple of the bases.
Hopefully everybody will have a fun safe ride this Sunday!
(I've also had several storm drain grates replaced in and around the PSU campus in the last few weeks, and am working with the Disabled Resource Center to get several others replaced)
Last edited by K'Tesh; 02-11-11 at 03:18 AM.
I will post up in this thread someday... since I started commuting last fall, I've noticed our town's roads are completely devoid of any non-car accomodations.
I have to do something. No bike awareness programs, no bike lanes, horrible/random/blocked sidewalks, high speed limits on roads with no shoulders, and NO good connecting roads to and from town.
I am going to do something. Just need to figure out where to start.
I wanted to help clean some sidewalks yesterday(it is past 12am). But Mother Nature was having a severe temper tantrum with the wind. The wind is supposed to stop in an hour or so.
Maybe I can do something today.
I kicked a real-estate-agent's fold-up sign right out of the bicycle lane - they'd set it up there because apparently it wasn't in the way of traffic. DICKHEAD!
I emailed the director of public works about lowering a speed limit for a 2 mile stretch leading to the University I go to. Many accidents have occurred, and a cyclist was just airlifted out last week. I haven't heard back yet, but I intend to do my best to get it done.
This is super seriously.
I reported this problem spot on Feb 17 to PDX Parks and PDX Maintenance. It's on the second outside curve of the popular Hellway route for Zoobombers. In my call to the agencies, I brought up a recent injury (broken collarbone) of a cyclist when she caught the lip of concrete separating a bike lane from a bus pull in area at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Her crash happened on level ground. The rotted asphalt in this location had a similar lip, but was on the outside of a steep curve. If someone caught that wrong, they could have easily ended up lying in the oncoming traffic lane.
Came through there again tonight...
And it's repaved.
Nice Job PDX Parks/Maintenance!!
See Something? SAY SOMETHING!!!
Last edited by K'Tesh; 03-09-11 at 01:42 AM.
2009 After complaining about this location, I took steps to get it cleared up myself... But I couldn't remove the debris from the planter strip.
Months later, it looked like this:
2010 So, I took it on again the next year, but months later, it looked like nothing had been done at all (Again).
2011 So, Here it is again, March 2011, and I was thinking about going out and tackling it again... When I found this:
I remember a few weeks ago, while I was riding on the MAX, I was complaining to another cyclist about this location, when a guy who needed to make up some community service hours approached me. A few weeks later, and I find that the area has been pruned, swept, shoveled, and... the DEBRIS removed (the one thing I couldn't do)!
Thanks to the people who actually went out and Got R Done!!!
Last edited by K'Tesh; 03-09-11 at 03:43 PM.
I decided to try to cut out the middleman: http://joebramblett.wordpress.com
A primary focus will be getting streets up to useful standards for everybody. Too many of them have crumbling edges and poor sight lines, in addition to the potholes and bumps that get ignored in favor of repaving a few nice neighborhoods far more often than necessary. I also see this as a way to improve the attractiveness of the city to small businesses and get more traffic (foot, bike, and car) into existing retail areas.
Just got back last night from a long week at the National Bike Summit. Met with all six members of our congressional delegation and their staffs, and spent a lot of time networking with our new freshmen legislators to support the current bike program funds, and to think kindly of us later this summer when the new authorization bill is drafted. Plastered little fluorescent plastic bike pins across Capitol Hill to spread the love. Set up a class plan to teach youth cycling instructors for the Conway school district, helped some folks to find the local mountain bike trails, convinced a new cyclist that it's neat to have lights on your bike, and fired up to local bike-friendly committee to see what they plan to do about a dangerous intersections that's already claimed one life. Okay, that's 4 days' worth, but I've been away.
I signed up for the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide info, and found it sadly lacking anything about storm drain grates in and around Bike/Ped/ADA facilities. I have sent messages about this omission to them.
This grate was fixed shortly after I took these pictures. 5/20/09
Last edited by K'Tesh; 03-15-11 at 02:56 PM.
Spent last week at the National Bike Summit. Doing door to door calls on our state Representatives with other members of the Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas. We got at least one of the new Tea Party Congressmen on our side. Seems he even frequents the same LBS I do.