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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I marked a pothole yesterday. This pothole has been filled before, but it just keeps spitting out the patch material.
    But I took special care to align the Before and After Photos. The camera is mounted on the bike, and the bike is on its kickstand, it did not move between shots:

    BEFORE:



    AFTER:


    This is located on a curve, so it's the apex that many drivers aim for. There is also a sewer cover, and the whole area around it needs to be ripped out and repaved, to full depth, with fresh asphalt.
    Nice Job! I love it when others join in the spirit of this thread!

    Now, what I'd do, is email the photos to your local road agencies, a few injury attorneys, the news media, local advocacy groups, and explain the frustration with the lack of attention this is getting. (I presume you've already called this in before)

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    Sent this out today, with copies of the older email attached to about 40 people in the local advocacy, legal, maintenance, governance, and media... email was directed at the supervisor of the sewers dept, and Portland's risk manger

    Hi Kelly, Kate, et al.

    Again I called about this issue, again I emailed about this issue, and I still haven't heard anything about it. Today I called again, and I asked the dispatcher what's up. I was informed by her that a crew was dispatched and they found that the grates were faced the correct way (which I don't deny), and that it was safe for cyclists.



    REALLY?!!! These looks safe to you?

    I'll say that in the image with the cyclist the gap that is there now, is not wide enough to catch a wheel, as it is now. When someone moves those grates, which I am unwilling to do, there is the potential for a large enough gap to be formed. How far away is that car from that cyclist? I now have photos, pending upload to flickr, showing that the space behind the bike seen in the photo with the red bike is free and clear of any parked cars, thus making this a viable approach for a cyclist. My complaint was about the FIT of the grates, not the orientation of them.

    I'll add a recommendation, to the supplies on your maintenance trucks that are dispatched to complaints from cyclists about storm drain grates a Road bicycle's wheel should be added. The grates should be lifted out of the inlet, the inlet's border cleaned, the grate should be safely reinstalled, and then the wheel should be inserted to see if there is ANY possibility that a gap being formed that could catch a cyclist's wheel (it only takes 3/4ths of an inch). Another option is a simple Swiss Army knife. Mine (Victorinox, Ranger Model) is 3/4ths of an inch wide. If it fits in the gap, so can a wheel.



    Unsafe Grates at SW 6th and SW Harrison, Portland Oregon (reported)

    If I was in it for the money, I'm sure that I'd be a LOT more accident prone. I'm not complaining just to complain, I am trying to save people from a painful experience, and the city money from a preventable accident. I feel that my issues are often falling on deaf ears, or the instructions being given are being ignored. Please look into this, why is it that it that several times it has taken a number of phone calls, and emails to get issues resolved (months to years... eg, the complaint about the deep inlet on SW Barbur first photographed in 2008, fixed 2012).



    2008 and 2012


    I'd appreciate you looking into my track record. How often are my complaints HONESTLY been frivolous? Have I not been able to back them up with photographs showing the danger? Why am I feeling ignored? You can see in my initial email, I asked for a response. I've provided my address, phone, and email. To date, on this issue, I only received one "out of the office until the 13th" email from Chad. I've left voice messages, I've got a phone with me nearly 24/7, and still nothing. Where is the disconnect?

    If I didn't care, I wouldn't call, I wouldn't email, I wouldn't bother. Please think about this when someone brings something to your attention.

    And again I'll ask: "Can someone provide me with the requirements for the proper fit of grates in their inlets?" There has to be a standard, and I'm sure it's not being adhered to.

    Replies Greatly Appreciated
    K'Tesh

    Subject: FW: Wheel grabbing grates at SW 6th and SW Harrison
    Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:38:24 -0700

    I've been back several times since I sent this, and I've seen no progress. I realize that when a crew might arrive there would be a car parked blocking the approach to this grate, but it's not always occupied, and it would be extremely easy for me to get video of the location w/o a car.

    I've also not received any feedback on the standards for fit of grates in their inlets. Does anybody know what they are, or can direct me to where to find them?
    Subject: Wheel grabbing grates at SW 6th and SW Harrison
    Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:58:13 -0700

    Hi Chad, Ray, Jonathan, Basil,

    Just wanted to forward these images I took today of the one of the three storm drain grates I found at the intersection of SW 6th Ave. and SW Harrison (across from PSU's Bike Hub) that could pose a bicycle safety hazard. I called them into the 24 Hour Maintenance Hotline.

    In this photo, you can see my friend's bike's tire can easily slip inside the gap. If he had been riding when that happened, we can imagine the results.



    In my next photos, I have my pocket knife (Victorinox, Ranger Model, Swiss Army Knife) in place to give scale



    As you can see, it's another case of the grates that were installed being narrower than the inlet they were installed in.

    This begs the question, what's the standard for the fit of grates in their inlets? Can something be done about these hidden hazards?

    Replies Appreciated

    Thanks,
    K'Tesh
    [EDIT]
    This is the "photo pending upload to flickr" photo:

    [/EDIT]

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    And the battle of the gap continues....

    Transcribed this from my voicemail from the supervisor of sewers in Portland. (omitted the intro and conclusion)

    Of those catchbasins are designed with those gaps so that the employees, the workers, can get them out. Otherwise they will get debris, and they will wedge in place, and we have experienced back injuries on our field employees, if they try to get those out when they were wedged in place. So, um, the..that is really the best fit for those, because as I said that they have to be able to be removed when they need to be cleaned out, and without those gaps, they would not be now be able to remove them. Um...

    I would encourage bicyclists to avoid catchbasin grates when they are riding and if they are on a boulevard there because the traffic conditions of the location of the catchbasins. Uh, I would encourage bicyclists to ride over the middle of the grate as much as possible to avoid that edge. Um, otherwise, um, there is the chance to that, to uh, to be an issue, but as I said before that's
    worker safety and then we would stand the chance of not hardly being able get those grates out or injuring employees, whenever we did try to clean those.

    My replies were done by email... (yeah, I sent two)

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for the voicemail. I understand that there is a need for some gap to allow for the removal of the grate, but I still don't think my problem is being properly understood.

    It's my belief that larger gaps should be along the short end of the rectangle (perpendicular to traffic direction) to allow for the needed leverage for installation/removal. I also feel that a smaller gap is required for the longer edge of the rectangle (parallel to traffic). Is it really necessary for gaps as much as 7/8ths of an inch (parallel to traffic) to allow for removal and maintenance?

    In the included photos, you can see that these wide gaps are located along the long edge (parallel to traffic).

    I can understand that cyclists should ride away from grates whenever possible, and stay away from the edges (and gaps found within), but we have all heard the rude phrase about "stuff" happening. Along SW 6th Ave. no accommodation for bicycle flow could be found for the redesign of the road. This puts pressure on (non-vehicular) cyclists to ride to the left of traffic as seen in the photo w/the the gentleman on his bike. I liken those gaps with landmines, you can tromp around an area for years, even decades after it was laid, and nothing will happen, then one day disaster.

    I'd still like to see the specs on the standards for installation of storm drain grates. I'm sure that if you looked at them too, 3/4-7/8ths of an inch is out of spec.

    I realize that I could shift the grates so that there is a smaller gap, but the problem is that they still posses the chance of shifting afterwards, making a dangerous situation worse. IMHO they need a shim, or better still, a slightly wider grate to fill in the out of spec gaps, and that's something that I can't do.

    Again, thanks for the feedback
    K'Tesh


    Welcoming into the discussion Rosemary Anderson w/the DOT.

    I'm including this to you as you are more than welcome to use the photos that I've included for future inclusion with design standards...

    In a nutshell, the problem is the gaps that exist to allow for extraction of storm drain grates, and allow for the wheels of road bikes to be caught due to width issues.


    http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/local_rur...asa09024/#c4.5
    Maintaining and Improving the Safety Characteristics of Inlets
    Drop inlets and catch basins in and adjacent to roadways are one of the most common drainage features especially in urban and suburban areas where curb and gutter design is used. Inlets are designed to carry surface run-off from the road and roadside away from the roadway. Inlets can be of varying design, including curb openings, grates, or a combination of these. Many local agencies use a standard design for most of their drop inlets on and adjacent to low-speed, low-volume roads. Inlets on higher level highways are often specially designed or selected to meet the conditions of greater but less frequent storms.

    Drop inlets located in or adjacent to the path of motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles require grates that can accommodate run-off while preventing vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians from falling into the inlet. When bicycle traffic exists, grates should prevent the tires of a bicycle from slipping into and being caught in the grate. Therefore, bicycle safe grates should be used whenever bicycle traffic is expected. The photo below shows a preferred treatment for a drop inlet located on or near a bicycle travel way. With a flush bicycle-safe grate, a bicycle tire cannot get caught in the grate because of the cross pattern of supports which results in only small openings.



    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/Environment/...lks/chap4a.htm
    4.3.7 Grates and Gaps
    A grate is a framework of latticed or parallel bars that prevents large objects from falling through a drainage inlet but permits water and some debris to fall through the slots (Figure 4-12).A gap is defined as a single channel embedded in the travel surface of a path.Gaps are often found at intersections where railroad tracks are embedded into the road surface.

    Figure 4-12: Wheelchair casters and cane and crutch tips can easily get caught in wide grates.



    Wheelchair casters and crutch tips can get caught in poorly aligned grate and gap openings. ADAAG specifies that grates located in walking surfaces should have spaces no greater than 13 mm (0.5 in) wide in one direction. It also states that gratings with elongated openings should be oriented so that the long dimension is perpendicular to the dominant direction of travel (ADAAG, U.S. Access Board,1991). Although ADAAG does not directly address gaps, the similarity of a gap to a single grate slot suggests that ADAAG's grate specifications also apply to gaps.


    http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/810.150

    810.150
    Drain construction

    • compliance with bicycle safety requirements
    • guidelines

    (1)Street drains, sewer drains, storm drains and other similar openings in a roadbed over which traffic must pass that are in any portion of a public way, highway, road, street, footpath or bicycle trail that is available for use by bicycle traffic shall be designed and installed, including any modification of existing drains, with grates or covers so that bicycle traffic may pass over the drains safely and without obstruction or interference.

    (2)The Department of Transportation shall adopt construction guidelines for the design of public ways in accordance with this section. Limitations on the applicability of the guidelines are established under ORS 801.030 (Exemptions from amendments to vehicle code). [1983 c.338 159]

    Again, the gaps I've pointed out are greater than 13 mm (0.5 in) wide, and parallel to traffic direction.

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    News from Wilsonville...

    Perhaps you remember when I went to Wilsonville, and found these storm drain grates....



    Well, I got a new email from their city engineer... w/2 photos


    Photos courtesy of the City of Wilsonville

    K'Tesh,

    The City has installed temporary reflectors and thermoplastic to better identify the low catch basins, photos attached. This summer we plan to reconstruct them with our Street Maintenance project.

    Respectfully,
    Steve R. Adams, P.E.
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    May have prevented a car accident.

    While I was riding tonight, I got caught waiting at an intersection and noticed there was something odd with the rear driver's side tire in the car ahead of me. The light changed, and fortunately for both of us, she turned into a parking lot just on the other side of the intersection (and luckily for me, in the direction that I was heading). I followed her into the lot, and got a good look at the tire.



    There was a large bulge where part of the tire had not seated properly (you can see the gap under the "L"). We both took a few pictures, and she called a local tire company (Les Schwab) to get it fixed.

    Had she been traveling at highway speeds when that thing blew out, who knows what the results could have been.

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    A few days late, but this past weekend I helped out instructing a group of state Safe-Routes-to-School coordinators, regional planners, and other interested individuals in a LCI course.

    over 20 hours of classroom and on bike time, a lot of positive education all around.
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    I'm on the Falls City transportation plan committee but I'm not sure I have any input regarding bicycle travel. I just ride on the streets, or walk. There is very little traffic and it has never been a big deal. No bike paths are marked and I don't see why they would be needed. I got on the committee because they wanted somebody from the Luckiamute Watershed Council and I lived the closest. I have even less idea what the Watershed Council's interest might be in the plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Sent this to ODOT today... This is a little bigger than my SAK can handle.

    <SNIP>
    there's an evergreen hedge that is severely encroaching on the bikelane/shoulder.
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    Got this last night...

    Hello K'Tesh,

    Thank you for contacting AskODOT at the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Citizen Representative Office. It's my understanding this area was trimmed last week. Thanks again for brining this to our attention.


    Please don't hesitate to contact us for additional information,
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    Went out and got some photos today...


    Before



    After



    Before


    After

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    Mind the Gap! (still beating this horse)

    My latest salvo at Portland's Sewer Dept.


    Transcription from my only on-topic reply (via voicemail) (message included a mention of his emails to me "bouncing")

    Kelly Shephard said:

    ...Of those catchbasins are designed with those gaps so that the employees, the workers, can get them out. Otherwise they will get debris, and they will wedge in place, and we have experienced back injuries on our field employees, if they try to get those out when they were wedged in place. So, um, the..that is really the best fit for those, because as I said that they have to be able to be removed when they need to be cleaned out, and without those gaps, they would not be now be able to remove them. Um...

    I would encourage bicyclists to avoid catchbasin grates when they are riding and if they are on a boulevard there because the traffic conditions of the location of the catchbasins. Uh, I would encourage bicyclists to ride over the middle of the grate as much as possible to avoid that edge. Um, otherwise, um, there is the chance to that, to uh, to be an issue, but as I said before that's worker safety and then we would stand the chance of not hardly being able get those grates out or injuring employees, whenever we did try to clean those

    With that reply, then I guess we should be replacing all our grates that have gaps NARROWER than 7/8ths of an inch as they are a hazard to the employees who need to remove them every.... what?... year or two? Such as these:



    I guess that no devices are apparently available to Portland's sewer dept. to allow them to remove them safely without risk of back injury. Geez, I though we were smarter than that.

    I'd still like to get my question answered folks...

    What is the legal standard for the gaps allowed for grates inside their inlets? Anyone? Anyone?

    Oh, and there's been nothing done to the grate at SW 6th and SW Harrison to date.

    Thanks for your time
    K'Tesh

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    I don't know if this could be considered a true form of advocacy.

    Yesterday when I was almost hit by a speeding a driver(who ended up PIT'ing himself when he hit the left rear quarter panel of the H2 Hummer). I stuck around to talk to the police, instead of taking off, to make sure I didn't get blamed for the speeding driver's bad driving.

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    So here in Northeast Illinois there are only three ways to get over the tollway (I-294, and the spur to I-94): Skokie Rd. (4-lane high traffic arterial), Waukegan Rd. (4-lane high traffic arterial) or Pfingsten Rd. (narrow 2 lane 40 mph). Waukegan Rd has a pedestrian/bike section to the bridge over the tollway WITH NO WAY TO GET TO IT (enterance blocked off by guardrails- no shoulder or bike lane or sidewalk either (neither do the other streets) Then I called the villages of Northbrook and Deerfield to see if they could get TARP funding to actually connect the bridge to the the network to sidewalks and lanes on either side. They said they had plans from a while ago and it's overdue.

    Finally talked to Active Trans and they'll look into it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    My latest salvo at Portland's Sewer Dept.

    Brought in a new player to the battle... City of Portland, meet League of American Bicyclists....

    Here's what they had to say:

    Hi K'Tesh,

    Your message was forwarded to me as the state and local advocacy coordinator. You're talking to all of the right folks in this situation, granted getting an answer seems to be difficult. While there is some FHWA guidance as you noted, the local engineers are best suited to address your questions.

    Thanks,
    Matt

    Matt Wempe, AICP
    And finally, an answer for the request for specs...

    The inlet in the photo (with a pinched bike tire) is a Concrete Inlet Type G-2 – bicycle friendly version.Attached is the standard drawing that specifies the inlet dimensions.
    We currently use ODOT Standard Drawing RD 364
    I have highlighted the key dimensions that can affect the specific issue raised in these emails.

    The metal frame is supposed to be 2’ – 3 ⅜” in that dimension (Y)
    Each grate is supposed to be 1’ – 1” (Y1) with two grates total = 2’ – 3”.
    Based on this standard, we should only see a ⅜” maximum gap, even with the grates all pushed to one side..

    It may be the manufacturer did not meet these tolerances.
    These specifications should provide a facility that is safe for cyclists when they do have to travel over the grate(s).

    Michael Magee P.E.


    I captured the .pdf image that was included...


    OREGON STANDARDS STANDARDS RD364

    Here's the detail from the drawing:





    The fallout of this is that the width of the two grates combined should be 2'3" fitting inside of a inlet that is 2'3-3/8" wide, leaving a gap of only 3/8", not 7/8" as I've been able to demonstrate with my photos.

    I was told that officials are now planning on checking out the inlet to see if it's out of spec, or not.

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    In King County, Washington, the Road Services Division began surprise installation of rumble strips on prime cycling routes on Vashon Island. Within two days, local protesters had the project on hold, thanks to personal intervention by the King County Executive and inquiries from state legislators and other officials.

    http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/news/148328965.html

    Further research shows that, besides ignoring policy requirements for public input on rumble strip projects, the design of the project violates many state and federal standards for rumble strips, and the nature of the road calls into question some of the standards that were followed.

    Tomorrow, local cyclists will meet with the County to go over the defects in the project and, with any luck, ensure the project is stopped, no more hazardous rumble strips installed, and non-compliant rumble strips already installed be remediated.

    Even more impressive, this misadventure has prompted the creation of a standing bicycle advocacy organization on Vashon Island. (Cycling has been such an accepted part of Island culture for so long, there hasn't been much need for organized advocacy in the past decade or so.)

    http://www.bikevashon.org/Home.aspx
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    Sent this:

    Time to get an update...


    To my knowledge I never got a reply as to who was responsible for this grate...



    Bike Lane at corner of Upper Boones Ferry Rd/SW Durham Rd


    Thanks to Michael Magee of PBOT, I was turned onto the drawings of Oregon Design Standards, and while I cannot yet identify what kind of concrete inlet this is (it's not a G-2), the gaps permitted according to the RD364 drawing is only 3/8" if the grate was shoved to one side or the other. I might be smart enough not to ride over this gap, but someone else might not be.


    So, my questions for this email...


    Who does this grate belong to?


    What type of concrete inlet is it?


    If I was to go out there this morning, would I have found that something was done? I love it when photos are sent..




    Oh, and for those of you who may not have gotten the message about the grates near the Tualatin Library. They were dealt with... Tualatin welded in a shim to help fill in the gap that I brought to their attention. (Thanks folks)





    As always, Replies Grately Appreciated


    Thanks,
    K'Tesh

    Got these:

    Sheila Lyons, ODOT
    K'Tesh - don't be discouraged - you've done a LOT of good. Keep the e-mails coming and the sticky wickets will get attention. It's frustrating that these problems persist, but our maintenance units are stretched thin. You'll notice they respond when notified. Over time, they'll start looking out for these issues.
    I don't know who this belongs to, but I'm certain someone on your list does.
    Dick Schouten, Washington County Commissioner
    K'Tesh:


    Let's find out if the County (has jurisdiction) can help here. FYI, I've copied several other key County employees and County Commissioner Rogers. He is the Commissioner for that area and deeply involved in all matters transportation.

    Dick Schouten
    Thanks for your prompt response, Dave.
    Dave Schamp, Washington County Maintenance
    Commissioner,

    Durham and Upper Boones Ferry Roads are not Washington County roads. Based on the limited information we have, depending on location, they belong to either ODOT or the cities of Durham, Tigard or Tualatin.

    Basil Christopher, ODOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
    We should also check with ODOT maintenance; I see Cory Hamilton with District 2B was copied on the email.
    Cory Hamilton, ODOT Maintenance District 2B
    The grate belongs to ODOT and we will be putting a shim on the grate on the next available dry day. The grate did vary in width on the gap with one end at just under 3/4 of a inch to a 1/2 on the other end. I expect it to be repaired no later than Monday May 7, 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Sent this in today...
    I reported these grates last year during Winter Term at PSU... Well, it's been nearly a year, and NOTHING was done.


    These grates have gaps that are so wide and deep that they easily can capture my bicycle's front wheel and prop the bike up. SW Clay isn't a quiet street, and a falling cyclist could be thrown into traffic. A wheelchairist crossing SW Park here at SW Clay could get caught and trapped as a car turns NB on SW Park.


    Two are located on the eastern SW Park (northbound), and one on the western SW Park (southbound). In some of the photos, I've placed my Victorinox Swiss Army, Ranger Model, Pocket Knife to show scale. The knife is narrower than my front wheel, but wider than a road bike's wheel.


    Photos from January 28, 2011:





    Photos from January 24, 2012:






    I've been putting a lot of pressure on this issue lately, and found that the vaults belonged to PGE.


    I got a phone call and this email this morning.


    K'Tesh, here is my contact information for you to e mail or call me if you need to get in touch with PGE regarding these vault lids. Today we are putting some filler material into the wider cracks. I have spoken to the SDC (design) to get Old Castle (are contractor to build these special lids) into these vaults to get measurements and start building these new ones. Thank you for our conversation this morning on the phone and your e mail address so we can contact each other.



    Eric Bieren
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    Central S&D UG Network Construction
    Eastern Regions, PDX Core Area Operations

    I'll post more photos later.


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    Here's the email I send after catching the guys from PGE in the process of the temporary repair.

    Hi folks,

    I was there when three PGE employees showed up to shift the grates over this vault, then filled it in with rope, foam, and some self-leveling sealant. I was told that new covers for these vaults have been ordered and will be installed in about a month.


    In the meantime, I thought I'd share photos of the guys (Rick, Ryan, and Lou) doing the temporary fix.


    Thanks for all your time and efforts in helping me get this issue resolved.


    Rubberside Down!
    K'Tesh

    Dangerous Grates on SW Park @ SW Clay (Repair in Progress)



    UPDATE: Was corrected, the vault covers have to be special ordered, and will take a couple of months to be replaced.

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    You may remember this...

    Nov 11, 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    Tonight, I sent this off to several agencies, the media, and lawyers

    I've been bike commuting from PSU to Goose Hollow everyday lately, and I've observed something that makes me fear for my life on SW Jefferson St.


    Between SW 14th And SW 16th Ave the bike lane has a serious "washboard" texture to the outer 1/3(ish) portion (this extends into the traffic lane as well). To avoid this uncomfortable ride, cyclists are forced to ride in the lane, or DANGER CLOSE to parked cars in front of KGW's studio at 1442 SW Jefferson St.



    In these photos, you can see faint shadows created by the raised and recessed areas of the washboard.


    My fear is that someday, if this isn't addressed, a cyclist will be bombing down that hill on their way to the Goose Hollow MAX stop, when someone unexpectedly exits their parked car. The cyclist then swerves to avoid the crash, or hits the door (and/or motorist), and ends up lying in the traffic lane with a car parked on top of them.


    Can something be done to improve conditions here?
    Now check this out...

    May 4, 2012
    Just after sending out my complaint about the washboarding on SW Jefferson St., I met another cyclist, and he showed me the way to get to the MUP that connects SW Montgomery St. to SW 18th Ave. Since then I've been taking that instead of riding down SW Jefferson to avoid the traffic, and the bumps. Nobody got back to me (via phone or email), I got busy with school, and the matter slipped my mind.

    Tonight at Bikeasaurus's First Friday Art exhibit of Tomas Quinones work, I bumped into Patrick Kelly (of BikeLustComics.com) again, and he reminded me a conversation we had about the washboard. Then he told me that it's been ground down. News to me...


    So, I went there to confirm, and sure enough it's been addressed.








    You have to look carefully to see the grind marks, but the bumps are gone!

    Thanks PBOT!!!

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    Did an RVM (Roadside VegetationManagement) in Upper Brookville (Long Island) today. On Chicken Valley Road.

    BEFORE:


    AFTER:


    I did not have a shovel on the bike; I had to leave most of the dirt that had accumulated under the bushes, which was two inches deep, had lots of bugs and earthworms, and lots of little white roots. Hopefully now the county street sweeper can get to the dirt. Maybe the county will have men shovel the dirt before the street sweeper comes.These were Forsythia bushes, past their yellow blooming cycle.

    About two tenths of a mile up the road there was a massive overgrown Pyrocanthus blocking the view of the curve in the road
    BEFORE:


    AFTER:


    Not only will this trimming help me see cars in my rear-view mirror, but it might actually help drivers see where they are going.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11629987@N02/sets/72157639939606343/

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    I went to city hall and asked politely if they would fire up ol' betsy and sweep the streets. The reticent receptionist asked where the problem was. I was confused, the whole town should simply revert back to perfectly good wagon trails and give back a road everyone could share.

    Anyways, the majority of obese gas guzzlers don't notice such things when even a pedestrian will slip on that winter sand.

    I'm thinking to call the state police and tell them to not ticket any big trucks for speeding on the highway outside of town. If trucks can only stay off the road on Sundays, I'll be happy.

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    Really! We no longer have *this* problem...

    Well, they fixed it!

    Sent this to ODOT, and everybody else (all 30ish people) to say thanks...


    Was in the neighborhood today, so I decided to see how things looked...




    Before... And After






    Thanks Folks! That looks a lot safer.


    Rubberside down!
    K'Tesh

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Did an RVM (Roadside VegetationManagement) in Upper Brookville (Long Island) today. On Chicken Valley Road.
    That looks a lot better... Nice Job!

    I sent another email, just after the "Thanks for fixing the grate" email... This time it's about this issue:

    After checking out the grate that you folks fixed, I headed to Tualatin to catch the WES by traveling down Upper Boones Ferry Rd.. Between SW Durham Rd, and SW Afton Ln., there's a problem with the bikelane being crowded by overgrowing landscaping and blackberries. Sorry I didn't find it earlier when you had the stuff to tackle 99W. Again, this is threatening tall vehicles too.



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    Thanks
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    This time, I limited it to only about 5 people (all ODOT), I don't feel like they need all the external pressure I've been using lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    I sent another email, just after the "Thanks for fixing the grate" email... This time it's about this issue:
    After checking out the grate that you folks fixed, I headed to Tualatin to catch the WES by traveling down Upper Boones Ferry Rd.. Between SW Durham Rd, and SW Afton Ln., there's a problem with the bikelane being crowded by overgrowing landscaping and blackberries. Sorry I didn't find it earlier when you had the stuff to tackle 99W. Again, this is threatening tall vehicles too.



    Replies Greatly Appreciated

    Thanks
    K'Tesh
    This time, I limited it to only about 5 people (all ODOT), I don't feel like they need all the external pressure I've been using lately.
    Got this today:

    Hello K'Tesh,



    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Our maintenance staff will be trimming the area next week.



    Ride Safe,
    Tori Hickerson
    Citizen Representative
    To which I replied with this:

    Hi Tori,

    While they're at it, could they do some work on the MUP between SW Montgomery St and SW 18th Ave in Portland. The rose bushes were a probably not the best idea to plant at eye level there.



    Thanks!

    Rubberside Down! (It rolls better than skin)
    K'Tesh
    They already dealt with the graffiti, but there's that other eye sore (or sore eyes) there.

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    Years ago when I used to bike commute to the train station (Path Station- Jersey City), there was only 1 bike rack. After several emails to the executive board about this problem, they installed three new racks! So if you see bike racks at the Path Station, just know that my letters put them there! LOL!

    I'm still emailing each month the Port Authority of New York to open the bicycle/pedestrian walk way on the Goethals bridge. I have not been successful but I'm not going to stop either!

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    Spent a little time with the Swiss Army Knife today...


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