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Old 05-14-12, 02:56 AM   #451
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Doesn't compare to what you all have done, but I gave a couple of frames, wheels, and small parts to the new bike co-op last month. Also I just move large rocks (that really blend into the road!) out of the way so some other biker or ped won't get a surprise jostle & fall. Sometimes the dirt path I ride also has bits of barbed wire & other debris (it runs next to a ranch), so I toss that out of the way too. But I tip my hat to all you really working to improve things in your area!
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I'm taking pictures of bike-wheel-eating sewer grates. We still have some around here. My camera phone embeds GPS data in the picture, which is very convenient.

Just today, I emailed the director of county roads (Essex County, NJ) and asked him how I can report hazards on the county roads and how I can make requests and suggestions. Within minutes, he replied saying I can email him directly.

How about that!? So I'll email him links to the pictures.

The county roads are very bike-unfriendly in their designs. I started riding them a lot a few months ago. The county just passed a complete streets policy, so my mission is well timed.
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I'm taking pictures of bike-wheel-eating sewer grates. We still have some around here. My camera phone embeds GPS data in the picture, which is very convenient.

Just today, I emailed the director of county roads (Essex County, NJ) and asked him how I can report hazards on the county roads and how I can make requests and suggestions. Within minutes, he replied saying I can email him directly.

How about that!? So I'll email him links to the pictures.

The county roads are very bike-unfriendly in their designs. I started riding them a lot a few months ago. The county just passed a complete streets policy, so my mission is well timed.
Cool Beans!

Can you add you images to your post so we can see some of what you're having to dodge?
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Today I carried a saw and hedge clippers on a ten mile ride. Cleared low branches along some of the roads. Had also done some trimming on Saturday, but just with small pair of pruning shears. I also pulled weeds and found a hidden fire hydrant, which will make the local fire chief happy. Also cleared some 30MPH signs to make them visible. The branches were still wet this morning from the previous rain, but by 13:00 PM it was getting kind of hot.
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Can you add you images to your post so we can see some of what you're having to dodge?
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Sent this to the Washington County Bike and Ped Coordinator and a few others today (May 16, 2012) attached was the previous emails going all the way back to when this area was repaved (Sept. 9, 2011). I had also sent in a request that the grates be brought to the new level of the pavement when I found out about the repaving, but nothing was done about that...

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Hi Shelly,

I went out there last night after seeing you, and I noted that nothing has been done.


If you're getting guff from the people who should be acting on this, I'd suggest you ask them these "Would you feel safe riding down this road at 20+mph after dark with this"
"Do you think it wouldn't feel uncomfortable or frighting hitting one of these at speed with traffic beside you?"


Again this region is found across the entire repaving project area. The one just south of SW Lanewood (at the bottom of that slope) is particularly frighting, it's deep, it sticks out into the bike lane quite a bit, and its an area where a bike is likely to be going at a high rate of speed.


I have a GoPro camera, and I'm sorely tempted to ride that area again tonight hitting the bumps (I'm aware of them, so I'll be cautious), and uploading the video.


Of course I'd prefer that these grates be elevated to current road height, but I could live with "shy" lines as a interim treatment.

Section 3B.10 Approach Markings for Obstructions

Standard:
Pavement markings shall be used to guide traffic away from fixed obstructions within a paved roadway. Approach markings for bridge supports, refuge islands, median islands, and raised channelization islands shall consist of a tapered line or lines extending from the centerline or the lane line to a point 0.3 to 0.6 m (1 to 2 ft) to the right side, or to both sides, of the approach end of the obstruction (see Figure 3B-13).

Figure 3B-13 Examples of Markings for Obstructions in the Roadway (2 Sheets)

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For roadways having a posted or statutory speed limit of 70 km/h (45 mph) or greater, the taper length of the tapered line markings should be computed by the formula L = 0.62 WS for speeds in km/h (L = WS for speeds in mph). For roadways where the posted or statutory speed limit is less than 70 km/h (45 mph), the formula L = WS[SUP]2[/SUP]/155 for speeds in km/h (L = WS[SUP]2[/SUP]/60 for speeds in mph) should be used to compute taper length. Under both formulas, L equals the taper length in meters (feet), W equals the width of the offset distance in meters (feet), and S equals the 85th-percentile speed or the posted or statutory speed limit, whichever is higher.



I know that this doesn't say anything about recessed obstacles, but someone should be able to find something that addresses those..
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Subject: RE: Unsafe sunken storm drain catch basins
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:06:07 -0800


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I have spoken with operations about the markings and we agree that it would be a useful interim treatment but the real solution is to address the situation. To that end there are two things that we have identified. First, to refresh or remind contractors, operators, and inspectors–that as overlays are scheduled that they need to pay attention to the catch basins and determine if they need to be raised prior to the overlay. They also need to be alert to the quality of work around the catch basins. With this step we hope not to create more issues. The second point is to address existing locations where there are problems. The challenge is a) identifying these locations and b)figuring out which entity (city, county, clean water services, private development contractor) should take responsibility for the fix, scheduling to get it done, and following up to make sure that it’s completed. We are improving our interagency coordination but we need help from cyclists out there to identify where the locations are that need attention by reporting them onhttp://www.wc-roads.com/ .

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Date: January 2, 2012 4:15:20 PM PST
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Cc: Basil Christopher, Jonathan Maus, Ray Thomas , Stephanie Routh, HAMILTON Cory D , Sheila Lyons , Todd Watkins , Mike , Dick Schouten, Dominique Fong , Will
Subject: RE: Unsafe sunken storm drain catchbasins

Well, it's 2012, and...


Nothing was done on SW Hall in Tigard. Not even paint or thermal striping...







I talked to the owner (Dave) of the house immediately adjacent to this grate, and he told me that he's witnessed crashes, and has even scraped up people from the pavement (including one within the last few days) after they wipe out. Oh, and the grate doesn't even collect water running off of SW Hall, it just goes through his driveway.



I was told him that ODOT has been made aware of the issue in the past, and that anybody else hurt here should be advised of that. He told me that he needs a new trailer... Lets get this fixed before the courts get involved.



Oh, I did what I could to make it a little bit safer...







This cost me less than $20USD to do (I've got the receipts). It's not perfect, but its better than nothing at all.


(BTW The Issue on SW Hall was dealt with a few days later...)


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I'd like to call to your attention the hazard created when asphalt overlays are being done. I've found a couple of storm drain grates that are sunken, when these overlays don't include elevating the existing drains to the new surface level. For cyclists these hidden dangers are possibly dire as they are most often found in the bike lane, or close to the curb, where cyclists are supposed to ride when there is enough space for bikes and cars to travel side by side. A cyclist hitting the edges of these unawares could lose control and crash at speed, and putting them at risk of being run over by adjacent traffic. For pedestrians walking along in the areas where these are often found could twist an ankle or fall and suffer injuries.


Several of these catch basins are found in Washington county. I want to bring them to your attention. One is located on the southwest side of the SW Cedar Hills/Hwy 26 intersection at the corner of SW Butner and Cedar Hills Blvd (just north of the new repaving project completed by Washington County). I've contacted Washington County, and am told that this is ODOT's responsibility. Occasionally cars making a right hand turn will encroach on the bike lane, and a cyclist could be forced into this grate.









Several are located on SW Hall Blvd, between SW Statler/SW Ross and SW Durham Rd. Two of the worst of those are located in the NB lane in front of 15520 SW Hall Blvd. Here, dappled sunlight does a very effective job of camouflaging the grate until a cyclist falls in.









there are bad ones across the street in this area too.











The following was taken from the document

OREGON BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLAN

AN ELEMENT OF THE OREGON TRANSPORTATION PLAN

ADOPTED BY THE OREGON TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

JUNE 14, 1995



http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEP...e_ped_plan.pdf pg 174



B.6. DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

New drainage facilities function well, but may sink and deteriorate over time. Catch basins

may need to be adjusted or replaced to improve drainage. A bike-safe drainage grate at the

proper height improves bicycle safety. Curbs used to divert storm water into catch basins

should be designed so they do not create hazard for cyclists. At intersections, there

should be no puddles in pedestrian crosswalks.



Recommendations

• Raise catch basin grates flush with pavement;

• Modify or replace deficient drainage grates with bicycle-safe grates;

• Repair or relocate faulty drains at intersections where water backs up onto the curb

cut or into the crosswalk; and

• Remove existing drainage curbs that encroach into shoulders or bike lanes.




Please take steps to fix these grates, or at least mark them like Tualatin and now Tigard are doing with 4" white thermoplastic stripes applied before them.











Thanks for your time and attention...

I followed up today's email with a phone call, and Shelly was quite disappointed that no interim markings had been laid down.
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Followup to the last post. I went out there to get better pics, and sent this to the same folks...

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Around 5pm today I went out there again, and took over a hundred photos of existing conditions (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike...th/7213210360/)


The blended edges that were part of the repaving project are already suffering from weathering yielding sharper, and higher drops...












Trying to stay out of the depressions created by these sunken grates puts me close to passing traffic...




Northbound...





Southbound...




And this is during spring... When rush hour is in full daylight. This winter, 5pm is pitch black and could be wet making these nearly impossible to see.

After taking my photos, I rode back up to the top, and deliberately rode southbound (downhill) through them while filming with my GoPro. I was coasting during the downhills sections. At SW Lanewood St. I was traveling at 25mph+.



*In the video, that first grate is a place where I'd pull up during a red light, unclip, and hope that the sudden drop doesn't make me fall over (unclip right, fall left)

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You asked for pictures. i've set up a blog, and I plan to let others post to it eventually. In the meantime, if you'd like to post to it, just email me.

The blog has pictures, descriptions, and locations. Please take a look and comment.

http://roadhazardsanddefects.blogspot.com/
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I found an Iphone on the side of the road this morning. The young man who lost it sent a text to it with a number to call. When he came to pick it up he asked if I wanted anything. I replied that since I was riding my bike when I found it, from now on he should allways slow down and pass with lots of room any cyclists he passes on the road. He agreed saying that anytime he saw a rider from now on it would remind him of the guy who found, and returned his phone.
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I found an Iphone on the side of the road this morning. The young man who lost it sent a text to it with a number to call. When he came to pick it up he asked if I wanted anything. I replied that since I was riding my bike when I found it, from now on he should allways slow down and pass with lots of room any cyclists he passes on the road. He agreed saying that anytime he saw a rider from now on it would remind him of the guy who found, and returned his phone.

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I wiped out today, fortunately I ride a Ladies Bike and was able to dismount and hit the ground running. If I was on a Mens Frame , I think I would've done a face plant.

The cause was a set of potholes about four inches deep and four feet long.

So as soon as I got home, I phoned the department of Pubic Works for Nassau County, Long Island, and registered a complaint. He took the pertinent information and said he would have a man look at it.

No road rash or anything , really. I just didn't have time to brake. I think, if I hadn't *dropped* the bike, I could've gone over it without wiping out, but at the expense of a set of rims. As I said, I hit the ground running, and stopped about fifteen feet past the bike.
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Put some bumper stickers on my car... best place to see these will be in my driveway since it was purchased for longer road trips and after a few days of doing car related things I remember why I quit driving... one of the reasons is that it really takes much longer to get most places and my middle finger gets tired.





For when I get to the end of the road I packed a spare.



When I go down to see my car centric family this long weekend I will just park the car and use my bike to do all my running around as the city is only 2 by 3 miles and driving anywhere there seems ridiculous.

Would usually ride the 60 miles but I have to bring a bunch of other weighty stuff with me.
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This morning my wife and I did part of the second annual memorial ride for Zach Manago, an Oahu cyclist who was killed by a hit and run motorist in 2010.

Some info here -- although the report doesn't mention that the perp's car was found not by the police but by the victim's buddies, who rode around the area on their bikes until they located it.

This morning's portion of the ride began with a brief rally behind the state capitol building. There were about 100 cyclists there I think. Also an appearance by one of the three candidates in this year's mayoral election. I can say that he picked up at least two votes.
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I wiped out today, fortunately I ride a Ladies Bike and was able to dismount and hit the ground running. If I was on a Mens Frame , I think I would've done a face plant.

The cause was a set of potholes about four inches deep and four feet long.

So as soon as I got home, I phoned the department of Public Works for Nassau County, Long Island, and registered a complaint. He took the pertinent information and said he would have a man look at it.
Just curious, as a former Nassau resident, if there has been any follow-up.
I had a good result on the one or two occasions when I made such a call, although IIRC it involved the Town of Oyster Bay, not the County.
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Ok, I've been busy in my forced time off from a computer (killed it with an accidental drop of a rare earth magnet).

In the last two days, I've been informed that the "shy" lines that I requested for SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon have been done (got photos, but no way to upload on this computer)

Move a rather large, quite ripe, dead URP (unidentified road pizza) out of the bike lane on SW Cedar Hills Blvd yesterday.
Today, I put out yet another careless smoker started bark dust fire.

Just because I can't post regularly, doesn't mean that I not still active.
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In the past 24 hours... (the thread is titled 'what have you done TODAY'), I cleaned a sidewalk, with a broom, water, and Arm&Hammer Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate). I took advantage of a rain shower to minimise the ammount of jugged water I would have to carry. I cleaned sidewalks in front of restaurants, where there was grease stains, and a bad smell. I used a whole box of NaCO4 (sodium carbonate). Two of the resaurants were spanish food take out joints, the third was the American Cafe, in Glen Cove , Long Island. You might have heard of that one, they are Zaggats rated, and I've seen them on national television twice.
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I made up some little flyers (if I knew how to post a document I would) concerning the 4 ft passing law here in PA. It has a traffic sign on top with a car passing a bike and the text below.

PA state law requires motor vehicles to leave at least 4 feet of room between a bicycle and their vehicle when passing.
The law also allows the motor vehicle to cross a double yellow line when oncoming traffic allows in order to give a bicycle the required 4 feet of room.

I carry them in the car and post them anywhere I can find a bulletin board. I'm going to make up a few different ones and keep posting them up.
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I've recently moved from Beaverton, to Sherwood Oregon, and the level of bike/ped safety/livability that is lacking in Sherwood is staggering. I'm back to snapping off low branches over the bikelane/sidewalk again. This time it's in front of the "police facility" (their name for it, not mine). I'm not amused that the city can't even maintain it's own trees
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Tore up a sidewalk this weekend...

In spring term 2011, I noticed that a crosswalk on campus (Portland State University) had a step that blocked it from being used by wheelchairists, bicyclists, people w/strollers, and anybody else who has problems w/steps.






I sent an email with several pictures to the city with my complaint. I was told it would be done last summer term, but it came and went, w/o a new ramp being installed. I've kept up with the complaints, and there have been changes...

I've been monitoring it over the last year, and in the last few weeks I've noticed a lot more paint on the ground.

Today I got pictures of it ripped out, and framed for a new ramp... I'll post images when I get a chance (it's finals week, and I'm in Chinese 103)

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It's 2 days late (I couldn't find the thread earlier), but we had another minihelmet giveaway at a dedication for a remodeled park. This time I figure we only gave away about 50, but that puts us up to 550 so far.
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Poor Conditions in Sherwood Oregon Better Look Out...

I'm here, and I'm already actively getting things cleaned up.





And a heaved sidewalk in front of the Police Facility has already bean dealt with...





A pair of phone calls into Non-Emergency Dispatch, and Sherwood's Public Works Dept came out and ground the edge of this segment of sidewalk down. And while they were there, they also dealt with my complaint about the trees overgrowing the sidewalk and bike lane...


After pruning was done (no before image available)

See Something? DO SOMETHING!

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Great thread!

I just got into bike advocacy recently and didn't realize this forum exist until today. I have been a member for two years now. Anyway, my first contribution to bike safety was last week. There were three cars conveniently parked on this buffered-bike lane on my way to a festival. I called the city about it and it felt great! As of today, I will be riding about lack of bike safety and improvement in my neighorhood for a community paper. I see so many things that need improvement in my city.

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Not safety related, yesterday I rebuilt one bike for the bike library, today I'm getting started on another one. See how many of my free boxed junkers I can turn into rollers before Saturday.
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Light Trimming with Hedge Trimmers, on the S Curve behind the Quaker Meeting House. Piping Rock Road, just North of Duck Pond Road, Nassau County, New York.
Some branches were too tough, I could've done better with Lopping Shears. Did this same spot two years ago, but vegetation grows back.


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Old 10-20-12, 02:21 PM   #475
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Editing on 11/21/12 to add that something must have gotten lost on this post, maybe from a previous edit. The gist of it was that I sent an email to a neighboring town's Borough Manager concerning their desire to amend the towns bike ban on sidewalks in order to make a route to the downtown from a rail trail. I think this is a bad idea.


Hello XXXX,

My name is XXXXXX, I read with great interest the article in the 10/19/12 Daily Item concerning the amendment to the city ordinance banning bikes from the sidewalk. As an avid cyclist both for recreation and for transportation I’m not sure I would agree with this.

As I imagine you know PA law considers a bike a vehicle and they may be operated
on any roadway (except interstates) just as any other vehicle. There are many motorist who do not know or respect this and feel that bikes should be on the sidewalk. I feel that making the sidewalk the designated route will further reinforce this in some motorist minds and this may be a step backwards for cycling safety.


This area is very far behind many other’s in regards to cycling infrastructure and I
feel this may be a great opportunity for Lewisburg to step up and be at the forefront of something great.


I don’t have much personal experience with bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure but I think this may possibly be a case where Sharrows could do the job. They don’t have any real lawful meaning other than to remind motorist that this is a common bicycle route and to help guide the cyclist to a safe lane position.

If you are not familiar with Sharrows below are a few YouTube videos of Sharrow
installations.

If I may be of any help on this matter or any other cycling related issue
please feel free to contact me.


Thank you,
XXXXXX









http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=u8e6ZReHLKM&NR=1




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI4fzVFE164&feature=related






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USKQUbFbYqg&feature=relmfu


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