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    This has a preemptive slant to it. I reported a driver who cut me off only moments before. Not only did the officer proceed to tell me that he had no reason to talk to the driver, he had moronic brains to insist that in the city it was against the law to ride on the sidewalk. I looked it up later on, there is nothing in city law, or ordinances stating that 'claim'. So, I plan to talk to the Police Chief, Mayor, and City Council, to find out how far that stupidity goes.

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    I got out there in the Madsen all weekend. Taking my two boys to church this morning was a really visible way to get people talking and thinking about bikes.
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    Yesterday, I tested out a new pair of pruning shears. Thet worked fine. Now there is no more bush to block visibility at the sharp curve on Lattingtown Road, near the Creek Club (Golf Course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Yesterday, I tested out a new pair of pruning shears. Thet worked fine. Now there is no more bush to block visibility at the sharp curve on Lattingtown Road, near the Creek Club (Golf Course).
    Got pix? I'd love to see the curve now (and before if you got one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    So, I plan to talk to the Police Chief, Mayor, and City Council, to find out how far that stupidity goes.
    Ignorance is curable. Stupidity is forever!

    Best of Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Got pix? I'd love to see the curve now (and before if you got one).
    Sorry, no pictures.
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    After taking a fall and injuring my right knee some weeks agp. I've been taking it easy so that I may actively resume bicycling when it warms up and the snow is gone. Recovery has also involved physical therapy sessions, partially involving exercises on an exercise bicycle. Today I was able to spend longer on the bicycle without any pain. With this in mind, I look forward to bicycling this spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Got pix? I'd love to see the curve now (and before if you got one).
    Hey, K'Tesh,

    I did another line-of-sight clearance project today. I remembered your request, so this time, I took pictures. However , the pictures are not online yet.
    The reason being, our computer crashed and died (Blue Screen of Death). So we have a new computer, But, I have not installed the Canon software that will allow the new computer to process the pictures. Besides a new computer, we are having a Carpenter build us a new computer desk, and he is running in and out, and right now, or any minute now, he will be back to put another coat of varnish on the new desk. So I can't upload anything that might take a significant amount of time. It might be a while for the pictures.

    Anyway, the roadside vegetation in question was along the South side of Oyster Bay/Glen Cove road, on the curve leading up to that big hill, and directly across from Beaver Brook road. I really went at the pyrocanthus bushes with the long handled lopping shears this time. I cleared this section of road two years ago, or maybe three, but I didn't get to it last year. I left all the trimmings for the County DPW to clean up (I have a bicycle, not a dump truck).

    And I would have rode yesterday, but my car battery died, and I opted to bum a ride off a relative, rather than ride my bike. I wanted to save my energy for this landscaping project. Got the car running today, geez, the battery was low, the testing machine barely registered any Cold Cranking Amps. This is the first time my car wouldn't start in NINE years, likely because I ride my bikes so much and the car hardly gets used.

    Happy Saint Patricks Day, but don't forget, this is also the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR!
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    On my route to work there is a gravel and concrete company. The drivers of trucks that come and go think that the four lane road they use to get there belongs to them. This morning two employees decided I was in their way and didn't belong on the road, which is a decommissioned freeway with high speed transition ramps that have claimed the lives of two cyclists over the past decade. They behaved as vigilantes with a misunderstanding of the rights of cyclists to pass through the area. They used a huge dump truck and a pickup to demonstrate to me that I was not supposed to be on this stretch of public road.

    I called the company to complain and the person who answered the phone was the driver of the pickup who was in such a hurry to get around me that he almost lost control and missed his off ramp. He then stopped in the middle of the off ramp and began shouting incoherently at me. Even though the road is no longer a freeway and bike lanes continue beyond the off ramp he mistakenly insisted that cyclists are required to exit and then re-enter the road from the opposite on ramp. I wasn't going to waste my time arguing, so I told him that since the company is a multi-national corporation I was going to send an e-mail to the North American HQ to complain about truck drivers using their vehicles to bully other road users. Then I called the City Council District where the incident took place. The staffer said she would contact the police and let them know what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Ignorance is curable. Stupidity is forever!

    Best of Luck!
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    I went by City Hall today, with the intention of speaking with, the City Attorney about the present bike law, that it has been on the books since 1957. I was told by the city's Director for Planning & Code Administration, that the law was instituted when the city was only a couple square blocks long. The Director also told me, that the city is looking into changing the code.

    Since he was about to leave for the end of the workday, I am remaining reserved about the seemingly positive response, in that it may have been just to get me off of the Director's back about the issue.

    I am still going to attend several council meetings to make sure the issue is not brushed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    I went by City Hall today, with the intention of speaking with, the City Attorney about the present bike law, that it has been on the books since 1957. I was told by the city's Director for Planning & Code Administration, that the law was instituted when the city was only a couple square blocks long. The Director also told me, that the city is looking into changing the code.

    Since he was about to leave for the end of the workday, I am remaining reserved about the seemingly positive response, in that it may have been just to get me off of the Director's back about the issue.

    I am still going to attend several council meetings to make sure the issue is not brushed off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray R View Post
    On my route to work there is a gravel and concrete company. The drivers of trucks that come and go think that the four lane road they use to get there belongs to them. This morning two employees decided I was in their way and didn't belong on the road, which is a decommissioned freeway with high speed transition ramps that have claimed the lives of two cyclists over the past decade. They behaved as vigilantes with a misunderstanding of the rights of cyclists to pass through the area. They used a huge dump truck and a pickup to demonstrate to me that I was not supposed to be on this stretch of public road...
    I'm not completely with you on this one. Gravel and concrete trucks are extremely heavy. While most trucks are limited to 85,000 pounds loaded, gravel trucks are frequently loaded as heavy as 125,000 pounds, and then they get even heavier if it rains and the gravel is soaking wet. I am saying, you are putting yourself in the path of destruction. It would take forever to stop a 125,000 pound truck.
    I don't think it's a bad idea to exit and re-enter at the opposite ramp. I've always wondered what to do at that kind of ramp, and that sounds like the best suggestion I've ever heard.

    And by the way, we, as cyclists, need good roads, and we can't have good roads without gravel and concrete. It would be better to comply with the truck drivers demands, you are not in a sanctioned bicycle race.

    Keep in mind the maritime rule (or exception to the rule) called "The Burden of Gross Tonnage" . Seriously, the kind of trucks you are talking about weigh 125,000 pounds or more, and the fact that they sent a pickup truck to escort the dump truck indicates to me that anyone who gets in the way of that dump truck could easily get killed. That dump truck could flatten a car as easily as it could flatten your bike.
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    Since this is the only way for cyclists and pedestrians to get from central San Diego to points north along the I-15 corridor, I guess the new surface in the bike lane and the Share the Road signs I worked for a decade to make a reality were a waste of taxpayer money since they can't be used because of the presence of heavy machinery. It also makes it impossible for me and hundreds of others to get to and from work. We're supposed to drive a car like everyone else. There must be something wrong with us.

    Seriously, in the public right of way it is the burden of the operator of the heaviest piece of machinery to operate said machinery in such a way that more vulnerable road users are not endangered by said operation. In other words, the driver of a gravel truck may not drive said truck at such a speed that he is incapable of not running over objects in his path, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and automobiles. Remember, this is a public thoroughfare, not a private quarry road closed to traffic. If drivers of buses were held to the same low standard of responsibility you claim for gravel trucks, there would be a larger number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities caused by buses, which also legally ply even more congested city streets.

    The incident I reported was a clear right of way violation: a vehicle leaving a roadway must yield to vehicles continuing on said roadway. So if I am crossing an off ramp, any vehicle coming from behind must yield to me before taking that off ramp, whether it is another bicycle, a car, a pickup, a gravel truck, a troop transport, or a Sherman tank. The driver of the vehicle leaving the roadway must not operate said vehicle at such a speed that the vehicle can not be brought to a stop before hitting an object on that roadway.

    The city just spent a lot of money to resurface that bike lane. If there were a requirement for cyclists to leave the roadway by taking the off ramp, the city would have paved the bike lane up the off ramp and installed a "bicycles must exit" sign instead of continuing the bike lane across the off ramp and under the bridge.
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    Flagged down a city employee at the site of another unsafe storm drain grate...



    It's the same grate I called in back in January...



    I got a call back later from someone in PDX's sewers dept., and was told it was ODOT's. Called ODOT, and was told that since it's on SE 92nd Ave, it's PDX's. That's when I sent another one of my shotgun emails*.

    I've called this into PDX a couple of times, but yesterday they came back with a "This is ODOT's responsibility" yesterday. This was AFTER I showed this to someone with Pdx's Environmental Services who agreed that the grate was on SE 92nd, and not Powell.



    The grate is located on SE 92nd, in the right hand turn lane that is in front of Burgerville (3504 Southeast 92nd Avenue) and is orientated parallel to bike traffic NB (turning East) on 92nd. It clearly HAD straps welded across it at one time, but they all have broken off.


    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=burger...00659&t=h&z=21


    I don't know who "owns" this grate, but if a cyclist had what I clearly show here happen, the owner is going to be paying BIG for any injuries.

    I don't like the bureaucratic shuffle... I suck at dance.

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    *firing off an email to everyone that I can think of that will raise awareness, and start pressuring the responsible party to get off their A$$es and do something constructive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Hey, K'Tesh,

    I did another line-of-sight clearance project today. I remembered your request, so this time, I took pictures. However , the pictures are not online yet.
    The reason being, our computer crashed and died (Blue Screen of Death). So we have a new computer, But, I have not installed the Canon software that will allow the new computer to process the pictures. Besides a new computer, we are having a Carpenter build us a new computer desk, and he is running in and out, and right now, or any minute now, he will be back to put another coat of varnish on the new desk. So I can't upload anything that might take a significant amount of time. It might be a while for the pictures.

    Anyway, the roadside vegetation in question was along the South side of Oyster Bay/Glen Cove road, on the curve leading up to that big hill, and directly across from Beaver Brook road. I really went at the pyrocanthus bushes with the long handled lopping shears this time. I cleared this section of road two years ago, or maybe three, but I didn't get to it last year. I left all the trimmings for the County DPW to clean up (I have a bicycle, not a dump truck).

    And I would have rode yesterday, but my car battery died, and I opted to bum a ride off a relative, rather than ride my bike. I wanted to save my energy for this landscaping project. Got the car running today, geez, the battery was low, the testing machine barely registered any Cold Cranking Amps. This is the first time my car wouldn't start in NINE years, likely because I ride my bikes so much and the car hardly gets used.

    Happy Saint Patricks Day, but don't forget, this is also the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR!
    Okay, the pictures are ready;

    Looking East, Before:

    Looking East, After:


    Looking West, Before:

    Looking West, After:


    Maybe these photos don't look impressive, but look at the brush near the utility poles. I realize now that I centered the frame on the brush, but if you re-center your focus on the poles, you will see what I cut. These branches were up to two-inches in diameter. And consider that the bushes had not gone into foliation yet. I left the cut branches on the ground, for someone else to pick up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Okay, the pictures are ready;

    Looking East, Before:

    Looking East, After:


    Looking West, Before:

    Looking West, After:


    Maybe these photos don't look impressive, but look at the brush near the utility poles. I realize now that I centered the frame on the brush, but if you re-center your focus on the poles, you will see what I cut. These branches were up to two-inches in diameter. And consider that the bushes had not gone into foliation yet. I left the cut branches on the ground, for someone else to pick up.
    I can see why you'd want some improved Line-of-Sight there. Looks like the shoulder/bike lane gets narrower on that curve too.

    Nice Work! Keep it Up!
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    Between fighting with the city of Portland to get storm drain grates replaced at SE 92nd at Powell



    and Portland Skidmore Market (yeah, that one again)...


    Before


    and after the ?fix?...


    Is THIS really an improvement?!

    to trying to get an ADA compliant ramp at SW Harrison and Broadway.
    Hi K'Tesh,
    Thank you for sharing your concerns about accessibility at this intersection. This corner does indeed present a significant barrier to those needing to cross the street. I will work with our Pedestrian Coordinator and maintenance group to determine how we might get standard ADA ramps installed at this location.
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    Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:24 AM
    To: 'K' Tesh'; Igarta, Denver
    Cc: Bertelsen, April (PDOT)
    Subject: RE: Where's the ADA ramp?

    Hi K'Tesh,
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I'm forwarding your e-mail & photo to Denver Igarta who works on ADA ramp installations.
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    “To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-5185, TDD 503-823-6868 with such requests or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=43193.”
    From: K' Tesh
    Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:18 AM
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    Subject: Where's the ADA ramp?

    I'm a transfer student at PSU, and I spotted something yesterday at SW Harrison and Broadway. Where's the ADA ramp?



    In a few minutes, I spotted cyclists, wheelchairists and people with strollers not being able to make a smooth transition from the crosswalk to the sidewalk. PSU is a BIG campus, any improvements for ease of movement would be a great help.
    Thanks
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    I've been kinda busy.

    Anybody else getting things done around here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    I can see why you'd want some improved Line-of-Sight there. Looks like the shoulder/bike lane gets narrower on that curve too.
    Please don't call that bare example of a shoulder a bike lane.
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    ..spent last weekend in a statewide advocacy planning session for our state's Bicycle Alliance with about 60 cycling advocates and stakeholders from around the state.

    I promoted a bike safety campaign, a sound idea to increase the availability of bicycling classes, and tirelessly stumped for keeping an eye on cyclists rights while tiptoeing the dance of building alliances. I went into the meeting with a draft for a bicycle awareness campaign with the 'bikes allowed full use of lane' sign with the DOT once it gets our states' final approval.

    Found a surprising degree of support for the platform I was promoting, its a wait and see if the bike alliance acts on any of them.
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    Good News from PBOT:

    I have discussed your request for a curb ramp at the intersection of SW Broadway and Harrison with our pedestrian coordinator and the supervisor of the sidewalk repair group. All agree that this corner should be improved to provide a directional ramp across Broadway. We have added your request to our ADA (curb ramp) citizen request list and hope to initiate the process of having maintenance crews assess the feasibility of installing the ramps. Our hope is to target construction during the summer to minimize disruption during the peak PSU spring term. If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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    I finally had to bring my broom with me on my commute and sweep out the gravel from a sketchy section of the bike lane. The city wasn't going to do it. I did have a few city vehicles drive by slowly wondering what I was doing! I made a little video of the event
    http://www.alternativecommutepueblo....intenance.html
    Anybody else organize bike lane cleanups if it's not something high on your cities priority list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdkopp0153 View Post
    I finally had to bring my broom with me on my commute and sweep out the gravel from a sketchy section of the bike lane. The city wasn't going to do it. I did have a few city vehicles drive by slowly wondering what I was doing! I made a little video of the event
    http://www.alternativecommutepueblo....intenance.html
    Anybody else organize bike lane cleanups if it's not something high on your cities priority list?


    I said this in your original post, I'll say it again...

    Good Job!!!

    The video is a nice touch. What did you use to make it?

    I can't say I've organized a guerrilla action, but I've done my own actions (as you can see in this thread).

    Rubberside Down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post


    This sounds like it belongs in the "Advocacy Thread... What Have YOU Done Today???" thread.

    Good Job!
    K'Tesh
    As I said in another post, I would have to stage a covert mission, since many residents would probably sweep the debris back into the bike lane, not wanting more debris in their parking area/gutter.

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    For making the video I just used a video camera and Windows Movie Maker, speeding the video up X 4. Unfortunately I don't sweep that fast in real-time

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Hey, K'Tesh,

    I did another line-of-sight clearance project today. I remembered your request, so this time, I took pictures. However , the pictures are not online yet.
    The reason being, our computer crashed and died (Blue Screen of Death). So we have a new computer, But, I have not installed the Canon software that will allow the new computer to process the pictures. Besides a new computer, we are having a Carpenter build us a new computer desk, and he is running in and out, and right now, or any minute now, he will be back to put another coat of varnish on the new desk. So I can't upload anything that might take a significant amount of time. It might be a while for the pictures.

    Anyway, the roadside vegetation in question was along the South side of Oyster Bay/Glen Cove road, on the curve leading up to that big hill, and directly across from Beaver Brook road. I really went at the pyrocanthus bushes with the long handled lopping shears this time. I cleared this section of road two years ago, or maybe three, but I didn't get to it last year. I left all the trimmings for the County DPW to clean up (I have a bicycle, not a dump truck).

    And I would have rode yesterday, but my car battery died, and I opted to bum a ride off a relative, rather than ride my bike. I wanted to save my energy for this landscaping project. Got the car running today, geez, the battery was low, the testing machine barely registered any Cold Cranking Amps. This is the first time my car wouldn't start in NINE years, likely because I ride my bikes so much and the car hardly gets used.

    Happy Saint Patricks Day, but don't forget, this is also the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the USSR!
    I have two Sony Mavicas that use floppies (although the newer one that does 1024 x something has a dying drive but both can use the same battery) and they require no software as they produce JPEGs.

    From experience with other USB cameras and Canon printers as well as scanners. it's about a 2-5 minute affair to have the software set up TWAIN drivers (most of which are already in Windows and automatically installed when you put it into the computer.

    As for the imaging software, even the smaller versions of Photoshop like Elements and CS3? will be a lot more satisfying to learn in the long run.
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