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Old 06-17-11, 07:23 AM   #301
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On my bike to work, at three separate spots, I pushed a log into that grass that was partially blocking the generous shoulder on a popular biking road. I wasn't ahead of schedule, so no pics.

For karma, just before I arrived at work, I heard a loud PRONG! and then a constant rubbing noise.

If I have a serviceable bike on Monday, I'll push a few more. The efforts of more ambitious posters are inspiring.
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worked the largest bike rodeo in the pac NW this last weekend, wrenching on kids bikes to keep them safe, and talking to parents about kids and biking.

another 200 word letter to the editor published in the last week as well.
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On my bike to work, at three separate spots, I pushed a log into that grass that was partially blocking the generous shoulder on a popular biking road.
Dude, why didn't you go before you left? For that matter, three times on the way to work is enough to call in sick over.
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letter to editor.....

bikes and cars sharing seattle streets

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"Motorists endanger public with mistaken beliefs about cycling"

Editor, The Times:

I was shocked on opening Saturday’s Seattle Times to find yet another person unaware of the rules of the road, angry at behaviors people are legally allowed to do for their safety while riding a bicycle [“Not for the view,” Northwest Voices, Opinion, June 4].

There is no condoning illegal behavior by bicyclists. However, the letter echoed three myths drivers hold about bicyclists:

— Bicyclists “impede” traffic when slower than cars;

— Bicyclists must use bike lanes;

— Bicyclists cannot ride on sidewalks.

All are untrue.

Bicyclists are legally allowed to take the lane moving slower than car traffic, are allowed to avoid bike lanes, can ride on a sidewalk and cross in a crosswalk for their safety. Bicyclists are usually in the traffic lane or avoiding a bike lane only when their safety demands it. When bicyclists ride in the lane, motorists have a civic duty to drive carefully around them.

Bicyclists of all ages demand safe treatment by drivers. Bicyclists riding in the lane or avoiding bike lanes do so for their safety and deserve considerate treatment by Washington motorists. Bicyclist safety isn’t a debate about dog parks.

Children and their parents are at risk when drivers operate with mistaken impressions about bicycling.
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Sent this to a property management company today....

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Today, I was riding through the parking lot at the property managed by you folks in King City (located on the SW corner of SW Durham Rd, and 99W), when I found these grates in area where I could have very easily been riding.

One is located in front of Postal Connection, the other is located between Panda Express and Baskin & Robbins. There were other grates that I saw that were not in areas that I'd be likely to travel, but I didn't do a thorough search through the property looking for others.



As you can see from the photographs, my wheel (a 700x38C) easily fits between the bars, and a sudden stop could send me crashing into the ground. In fact while I was photographing the B&R one, I was approached by a man who told me that he needed over 9 hours of surgery to repair the damage to his eye socket, mouth, and nose when he hit a grate in a similar situation. I'm aware of two cases of similar crashes (one in PDX, the other in King Co. WA) that had penalties of $100,000.00 and $3.2 Million respectively. Here's a link to a more recent incident in California: http://www.statehornet.com/biker-in-...c7493493c.html

Please replace these grates (as well as check for others on your properties) with grates that are oriented perpendicular to the direction of travel, and equipped with straps to prevent a wheel from dropping in.

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Old 06-18-11, 08:57 AM   #306
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Followed up my last email, with another to several members of the PBoT, as well as injury lawyers, and members of the press...

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While riding today on SW Barbur, I encountered a "Black Hole" catch basin (East side of SW Barbur directly across from 3007 SW Barbur). One that sits prominently in the bike lane, and has a rather large dip that could cause a cyclist to loose control and crash. I've reported this catch basin before, and a traffic cone was put out, but later disappeared.







Can we get this, and the other catch basins leveled, or at least paint some kind of warning stripe (such as Tualatin has done on SW Martinazzi).

Thanks for your attention
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I should add, that Tualatin's catch basins are flush with the road surface.

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Sent in to the County Public Works Dept:

"I believe Moe Rd/Grooms Rd and Moe Rd/Clifton Park Center Rd intersections are unsafe with the multi- use path crossings there.

When I am riding South on the Multi-Use Path at these intersections, and am crossing with a green light, I have cars threatening to run me over from
3 directions simultaneously.

Here is a picture of the Moe Rd/Clifton Park Center Rd intersection coming South:
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&sa...147.29,,0,5.48

The signal is set up to give a green left-turn signal and a green go-straight signal simultaneously. Cars from Clifton Park Center Road can turn right on red onto Moe Road. So when I get my green light to go straight, I have cars on my right on Moe Road turning left (with a green
arrow) across my path, cars going North on Moe Road turning right (with a green light) across my path, and cars from Clifton Park Center making a
right on red across my path. Also the button
path users can push to get a green light is way off the path on the big metal pole; you cannot push it without leaving the path.


The Moe Rd/Grooms Rd intersection coming South is
similar:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&sa...,0.082397&z=15

The only difference is that the button for requesting a green light is much more accessible from the path. You still have crossing cyclists dealing with cars from 3 directions all turning across the cyclists' path.

Cycling North I can alleviate the problem by leaving the path and 'taking the lane' at these intersections. Going South this option is much less practical, as it involves crossing a lane of opposing traffic twice (once to leave the path and once to return.)

Can anything be done to lessen the conflict here?
And could the push button for getting a green signal to cross with at the Moe Rd/Clifton Park Center Rd intersection be moved so that it is accessible without leaving the path?


Thank you for your consideration"
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Old 06-18-11, 09:44 AM   #308
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Was riding out there yesterday, but in a hurry, so I didn't get a fresh image, but the issue is still there.

Sent this to ODoT, WashCo BTC, the BTA, bike injury attorneys, Tigard's Mayor, a traffic engineer, and members of the media...

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I've been complaining about several of the "Black Hole" catch basins in the bike lanes on both sides of SW Hall Blvd. between SW Sattler St./SW Ross St. and SW Hamlet for years. The photo below shows only one location of the two located in front of 15520 SW Hall. I couldn't locate my other images, but be certain, I could go out and take more if needed.



"Black Holes" are recessed storm drain grates that lurk in bike lanes. These can hurt your back, arms and backside when you drop unexpectedly inside. They can cause a loss of control and possibly cause a crash when a cyclist hits one unexpectedly at night, especially if it's concealed by a layer of leaves in fall.

Is there something that can be done about these things?

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Old 06-18-11, 05:23 PM   #309
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I rode today, as we ride more, the cycling community is helped by our numbers. Plus I talk about bike a lot
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Old 06-27-11, 07:10 PM   #310
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Got this pro-traffic calming letter to the editor printed in the New Haven Register. The DOT just backed off forcibly purchasing some wetlands back from the land trust and changing a slow 90 degree turn off ramp to the waterfront road into a straight shot that enters one end of the road, right through the area where everyone parks their taco trucks and families hang out crossing and recrossing the street.

Talk went from plans of literally closing off the road five years ago... http://newhavenindependent.org/index...s._park_users/



to taking greenspace away and dropping the exit right down where the cul de sac was proposed.

I'm in the orange shirt and hat in this video while the mayor talks about the DOT reopening public hearings.
http://www.onenewspage.co.uk/video/2...Long-Wharf.htm
After the press conference, I spoke personally with both the Mayor and the ConnDOT Commissioner, who spoke affirmatively about traffic calming and went for a tour of the wetlands trails.

Big advocacy week for me! The key to getting my letter in to the paper was dropping it off in person and speaking briefly with the editorial page editor, who has come out for the exit in the interest of ever faster/smoother I-95 traffic.
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I swept and hauled away another bucket load of gravel and debris from our local bike lanes and adjacent parking areas, and the gravel makes a great border and weed barrier around my property.

A definite win/win/win situation, I get free gravel, the city residents/businesses get a clean street in front of their place, and cyclists like myself get a little more of a reprieve from road debris.
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On Sunday, it was nearly 80 degrees F outside, i went out anyway, with a pair of Hedge Clippers, and cut a large bush down to size. The bush was about seven feet tall, and I cut it down to about four feet, which makes it possible for a cyclist to see over. It is at a busy intersection in Glen Cove, a city on Long Island. The bush is in the corner of a parking lot at the weird Chinese Pagoda style building, which is for rent, vacant, on account that since it's a Chinese style pagoda, it can only be a Chinese restaurant, and the last one closed it's doors months ago. The intersection has a four lane road with left turn lanes, and two and three turning lanes on the lesser side streets. Sorry, no pictures.
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On Sunday, it was nearly 80 degrees F outside, i went out anyway, with a pair of Hedge Clippers, and cut a large bush down to size.
Cry me a river. It's 85F by the time it's bright enough to mow around here, and 95F by the time I'm done pushing the mower around.
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Been annoying the lazy property owners of Tigard lately. As I'm riding to (or from) my appointments with the chiropractor, following my 2011/5/4 crash, I've noticed a number of low trees, or blackberry vines overgrowing the sidewalks and bike lanes. In some cases, I've had to dodge peds who are forced off the sidewalk (fortunately, not when a car was trying to pass me).

Photographs, and a computer allow me to file complaints with the city, and I've been getting results. All of the following properties have been brought into compliance (save the last one, as I only registered my complaint today).







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A lot of this makes me glad for Denver's 3-1-1 system. I just submit my complaint online, and the neighborhood inspector comes out and works it out. I've used it numerous times to report pot holes, graffiti, low branches, road debris, weeds, etc. I can even track it and see when it has been completed.
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Starting to score points with a lot of local homeowners since I switched my bike lane cleaning tactics to include sweeping the adjacent roadside parking spaces and to haul the debris away(lots of useful gravel). I had one homeowner come out and offer soda and water, plus I got to have a short chat about bicycles and bicycling infrastructure.
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hate to have to say it, k'tesh, but you are making mountains out of molehills. pick your battles more wisely, i have a feeling a lot of your 'media' releases are directly circular filed.


its akin to a combination of the little boy who cried wolf/ the princess and the pea. hopefully you don't take offense, but i'd suggest setting your sights higher and changing tactics from small potatoes to better potato policy.

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Been annoying the lazy property owners of Tigard lately
maybe it would be better to rally TIGARD to annoy the property owners, so you won't have to do so on such as case by case basis.

Road inspections should include bikelane maintainance assessment and remediation in Tigard.
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If I was as thoroughly involved in local bike advocacy as most posters on this thread, I could make a full time job out of pointing out flaws in bike access and related issues around here. Even If I was a commitee, the work would never stop, so I envy you small town people who attempt to be the conscience of the local community. So go for it, and I"ll just have to settle for an occasional phone call or email to the local city parks and recreation department.

Yesterday I had to call them about closing the bike loop to motor vehicles, at 3:00pm as they state in their park rules but which is not being enforced, so that local cyclists can ride around on a one mile stretch of road without having to worry about cars running them over.

I'm still waiting for them to fix the cracks the local MUP, which they are working on, but probably would have ignored If I hadn't sent them an email about it. These two problems are within my zone of perception and who knows but it would probably be worse in other metro areas. Like I said it would be a good full time job for someone. The irony is that the city most likely has someone already who's responsible for stuff like this, but I'll decline to comment further about that.

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Sunday night, I pulled weeds along the sidewalk along Glen Cove Ave. in Sea Cliff (Long Island). The weeds however , are still in the road where I threw them, albeit dry and shriveled. Just now I saw the county's blue Ford lawn mowing tractor on a flat bed tow truck, that's bad news.
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helped a local group www.goodkarmabikes.org fix up bikes for a kids bike giveaway and helped with a repair clinic....... the crew fixed over 100 flats (or at least used up a box of 100 patches) and repaired 20 - 40 bikes....hard to tell

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On Thursday afternoon, I helped reclaim a busy city intersection for pedestrian use. I actually got reimbursed by the Concert Producer.
I created a large piece of street art which says the name of the Concert Series "DOWNTOWN SOUNDS". That is actually a play on words, because this city , Glen Cove, is right on Long Island Sound. Unfortunately, years ago, a band of musicians from Connecticut named their band the Long Island Sounds.



I wet the road surface with water before applying the chalk. I did another one of these across the intersection on Friday night. Unfortunately , it rained today, before I could take a picture.

I think it reminds motorists that the street is for everyone, not just cars. It's cool having permission from the Police to do this.
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Years ago, I complained about the missing segment of bike lane on Tigard's SW Durham Rd. (EB at the SW Hall/SW 85th intersection). I remember riding in the bike lane, and then feeling squeezed by a passing car because the white line that reminds them of my right to be on the road was absent.



Mind you, I know, first hand, that a bike lane isn't a magic wall that prevents crashes.

That said, as I was riding home from my chiropractic appointment yesterday, I was spotted by Tigard's Sr. Project Engineer for Streets and Transportation, Mike McCarthy. He called me over to tell me that the missing bike lane should be painted for us in the next few weeks. Mind you, the lane will get a little narrow (by the big oak tree), but it will be painted.

Since he was there, I pointed out the black hole storm drain grates that were on SW Durham as well, and he's going to have the paint crew paint warning stripes for us too.



Unfortunately the black hole grates on SW Hall fall into ODOT's responsibility, not Tigard's.


yes, that drain is in the bike lane...


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Accidentally posted this in Chris516's parallel thread "Advocacy Thread... What Will YOU Do Tomorrow???"

An email I was sent today...

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Hi,

Joe, Tom, K'Tesh, Mary and I were at the meeting last night. Joe, Tom,
K'Tesh and I testified on behalf of the TAC's* position on the Master
Plan, including our recommendation for designating the Wahoo Main
Trail thru the park as a community trail meeting community trail
standards (at least 8', not the 6' recommended by staff). I left early
(sorry!) but Joe reports the following:

"I didn't get home until 11:00 tonight, and I left before the
meeting was over.

After much discussion, and one vote, staff's proposal was adopted
except that the trail is to be eight feet. All agreed on everything
except width. Motion made for it to be 8'. Passed 3 to 2. Blowers
and Bob voted no. They wanted 6'. Larry said he could even consider
ten feet, but that didn't get much traction. There was a lot of
discussion about how the plants and animals wouldn't be affected by
the extra two feet, and about how all District taxpayers have an
interest in the property and should have access, and how narrow 6' is,
and that it would cost the extra $45,000 to expand a 6' trail to 8'
later. And, since they were making it a Community Trail, it should be
built to Community Trail standards and that there wasn't justification
for an exception.

Summary: It's expressly a Community Trail, paved, eight feet with no
shoulders other than might be required for construction of the 8'.
Dogs must be on leash. Any bikes on the trails must be walked.

Regarding the educational programs: adopt staff proposal.

Then I left, but Tom remained after I left. K'Tesh left before any
decisions were made and asked me to let him know what happened. "

Tom: if you have further information, please let us know.

Joe, Tom, K'Tesh and Mary: Thank you so much for being great and
committed TAC membership! Your presence and testimony made a great
difference. Hooray for Trails!
I strongly advocated for bike access... I noted that in the 4 times I've found myself in the back of an ambulance, It wasn't because I was riding on an off road trail. I did state that if it was necessary for me to take such a ride, it would be comforting that an ambulance would be able to access the trail. Also, in the event of a fire there (only three reported in the last few years and put out by neighboring home owners) it would be nice if a small fire truck could access it too.

*TAC = Trails Advisory Committee
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I registered several complaints to Beaverton's Code Services about the branches of the 8 trees lining SW Jenkins Rd. at the intersection of SW Hocken Ave. (in front of LA Fitness), but nothing was done.



I had some time today, so I went in and told them of the violation, and then offered to help get them back into code. After a trip to Cedar Hills Crossing's Management, got the OK to clear it up.


Before and After

A little over an hour (and 81 photos later), and the job was done.
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