Still plugging away on advocacy
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 2:58 PM
Subject: Cit Rep Inquiry by phone -- K'Tesh
K'Tesh has found another storm grate which is non ADA compliant. He says it is located at 11535 SW 99W, Portland: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=11535+...97223&t=m&z=16
He explained it is in the middle of crosswalk, between the bus stop and the public storage location. I, could not locate this on Google. He hopes there is no one walking with a cane or a thin wheeled wheel chair harmed.
Please investigate and follow up with him within five days; email is fine. He noted, he would stay on us till we have all of these fixed.
Subject: FW: Cit Rep Inquiry by phone -- K'Tesh
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:07:06 +0000
Hello Again K'Tesh,
Thank you for contacting AskODOT at the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Citizen Representative Office. Our Maintenance Manager said, "I drove out to the address and only found 1 catch basin grate that may be the one he is talking about in a intersection on the SB side of the highway. This intersection is a unmarked crosswalk and the catch basin is more to the highway side and it has a approved bike friendly/pedestrian grate on it. I found no extreme gaps between the grate and the outside edge of the catch basin that would cause a hazard." Unless we have the wrong area and you are able to provide location details and photographs, we will consider this case closed and safe. Thanks again for brining your concerns to ODOT.
May your riding be safe,
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Somehow there's miss-communication here...
This link (http://goo.gl/maps/iFZiw) shows the spot I was talking about for the catch basin in the marked crosswalk.
Your link was pretty close to the crashes I was talking about though...
This link (http://goo.gl/maps/KCYHt) shows the spot where the cyclist was hit last week
This link (http://goo.gl/maps/3siAy) shows the spot I was hit in 2011 (days after another cyclist was hit there... just ask the collision shop employees how often they've seen cyclists hit here).
This link (http://goo.gl/maps/m4qK0) shows (approximately) where Tigard's Transportation Engineer, Mike McCarthy was hit. He told me that he knew of at least 9 bike/car collisions along this stretch of 99W. Last week's incident makes that 10.
This link (http://goo.gl/maps/PWkKE) shows where I'm scared due to the varying width of the bike lane (and bike behavior) which will lead to a serious crash. (reflectors are useless in daylight, and the sun can be in a cyclist's eyes depending on time of day, obscuring the narrowing of the bike lane).
Hopefully, we all can be wreck-less out there.