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Old 08-17-10, 09:03 AM   #201
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Often when I ride on SW Bel-Aire Lane in Beaverton, I've had to move out into the lane to avoid the low branches from this tree.



Yesterday, I went up to the house, and explained the problem to the owner, and offered to prune it for her. She agreed, and after a few sweaty minutes (it was 95F yesterday) you can clearly see the difference.

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On Saturday I went to the "plan it yourself" workshop for our 30 year plan. While I was just a participant, I was sort of a voice for cycling (almost needless in this city, people are just for it in planning circles).

In the past month I've been using our planning suggestions site to suggest some stuff. The main suggestion, which has been voted to number 1 for transportation issues by other citizens, was to make the on street bike routes easier to follow with thorough signage. I suggested replacing all of the street name sites on the routes with name signs that include a bicycle icon, an icon indicating route direction (N/S or E/W), and adding color or a border to make the sign obvious at a distance. The current method is a large sign, every now and then, to point out the bike routes. They don't help you find the routes, they're impossible to follow (some of the signs are just missing), and occasionally they point the wrong way.

I also attended our public complete streets meeting a couple months ago and complained about cul-de-sacs.
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Old 08-18-10, 11:05 PM   #203
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Signal light talk #3

I got to thinking, my one city council meeting today makes #3 of 5 government bodies I'll have brought up my request to highlight and adjust and educate motorists and cyclists that bicyclists can and should use current traffic signals.

There is a survey ongoing eliciting suggestions and comments about bicycle and ped infrastructure improvements locally, and one of the intersection choices is loop sensors in the bike lanes at intersections. I am pro bike lane, and not against this, but it seems to me that this option exists currently and should be encouraged and highlighted at the existing sensors at controlled intersections. One of my points is that by statute we are considered vehicles required to follow all road signs as such, therefore, we should be able to use the EXISTING infrastructure before we spend money on additional infrastructure.

I was pleased to note that I had several head nods in agreement during my comments, which I just wanted to have out there in the public record and I was advised to talk at the Regional Transportation Commission Friday, which I told them I was already planning to attend. I just wanted to ask their support of any measures that might come about if this should actually take place.

I also pointed out that yellow light lengths are set for the time of one car's time to pass through an intersection and that this causes me to be in the intersection on red when there are hills or 5 or more lanes of traffic in said intersection.

I think next issue I want to throw out there is the inconsistent cleanup efforts locally after car crashes. The past couple of weeks, I've had 2 debris fields that have caused me to divert my path of travel. One was so bad, by the time I'd stopped after I noticed the glass, I just had to lift up my bike and walk it through the glass. It looked like the guy cleaning up took a roller and make the glass smaller and more spread out than any original collision would have caused.
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Don't respond? Ok... How's this?

I contacted Ron Powell at Cedar Hills Crossing last month when I spotted an unsafe storm drain near the old GI Joes location. I don't go down this road all that often. So, when I traveled past it again recently, and found no change, I sent this to him, BikePortland, the BTA, and the city of Beaverton.

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I'm reporting these two hazards to cyclists that exist at Cedar Hills Crossing. The first is a circular storm drain grate that could catch a bike's wheel where a cyclist could then be struck by a car. It's located near the old GI Joes store, in the driveway that leads towards McDonald's. Sure, there's a stop line, but there's a lot of unobstructed views of SW Hall in all directions, and a cyclist *might* blow it, and crash some evening.



The other issue is on the sidewalk along the busy Cedar Hills Blvd. where there is no bike lane. Some kind of damage has occurred to the sidewalk, adjacent to the driveway closest to the Bank Of America location. It's a problem for all wheeled users of the sidewalk (wheelchairs, skateboarders, roller blades, and bikes). It's also deep enough to perhaps trip someone, or twist an ankle.



I've uploaded images of the hazards here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike...7624687749585/
I wonder what's going to happen now?

PS, riding on the sidewalk IS legal here (where no bike lane exists).

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On Monday I started my 3 week Adult Instructor course at the local co-op here in Boston (Bikes not Bombs). I'm increasing my current bike repair knowledge with twofold benefits:

1. I become an all around more knowledgeable cyclist, so I can better maintain my own bike, and therefore become less of a burden and risk to other folks I share the road with.

2. By participating in the class I agree to teach 10 sessions with a student who will earn a used bicycle they get to fix themselves and maintain learning both the skills necessary to maintain a bicycle and the value of hard work and owning something like a bicycle.

I paid for a membership even though I earn membership because I wanted to help the mission. Plus, I donated a couple of bikes and parts.
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K'Tesh: I have seen your comments on nearly every day's Yehuda Moon comic, but I never knew you were also a BF user. It's refreshing to see someone doing so much work for his city. Good job.

There is a light in my area that does not detect cyclists...to whom should I report this? I would like to get the issue resolved, because I have to wait for a car to arrive and trigger the light. Luckily, the wait isn't too long, as the intersection is fairly busy.

Leo H: It may just be my headache, but I find the fonts you choose rather difficult to read. Why not just stick to the default?
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K'Tesh: I have seen your comments on nearly every day's Yehuda Moon comic, but I never knew you were also a BF user. It's refreshing to see someone doing so much work for his city. Good job.

There is a light in my area that does not detect cyclists...to whom should I report this? I would like to get the issue resolved, because I have to wait for a car to arrive and trigger the light. Luckily, the wait isn't too long, as the intersection is fairly busy.
Hi APER,

In my region, all the signals are controlled by the county. It varies from place to place. I typically find someone in Public Works and then start making phone calls to the various departments suggested from there.

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Well, it's been a while since I've been on BF, I've been busy trying to get into University, and get a job. I've been accepted to PSU, still looking for the job.

In the meantime, I've joined the local Trails Advisory Committee, and been to several meetings concerning trails. Typically this involves going and adding my testimony for the trails to try and combat the comments against them. In the 4 trail segments I've been involved with, we've got 3 approved (one may be appealed), and one sent back for further review (but not denied outright).

A new bike lane was installed on the street I live on (against the request of my neighbors). We cyclists were the ones that took the rejection of the Traffic Commission to the City Council and had it overturned.

Several storm drains have been made safe for cyclists and wheelchairists alike.

And one of the guys who egged me in June bought two kids bikes to be donated to a Christmas "Toy" drive (I know Bikes are not toys). I put in the condition that they be from a LBS. The other plead guilty, and is doing community service, and paying $500 for his role in harassing a cyclist.
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Reported the following "repair" of the sidewalk:



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^ What on Earth?!

Alas, I have no pics, but a storm drain in the gutter wasn't seated properly, and stuck up a couple inches, would have sucked at night, as a lot of people around here don't have front lights. I tried to fix it myself, but the rim it was set on was too full of dirt for me to clear out without a shovel, so I reported it to the local cycling coalition. Fixed two days later. I also kicked a piece of plywood out of a bike lane the other day.
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12/04/2010, got together with about 70 other people and we assembled approximately 450 bicycles for underpriveleged kids.
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Last week, not today, but,

1)I ran a weed-whacker (Echo brand, gasoline powered, string trimmer) over a stretch of sidewalk, to mulch the fallen leaves, which were a foot deep. Now they are dirt.

2) I saw a pothole that was more than a foot deep, so I took an orange road cone out of my van and put it in the pothole.

3) I found my hedge trimmers! They were buried under stuff in the back of my van. I didn't actually trim any branches , but at least now I'm ready.

Okay, I did this stuff with my van, I wasn't actually on my bike. The sidewalk is used by many (ethnic) cyclists and it's on a busy four lane road with no shoulder.
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Recently swept glass out of the bike lane in my neighborhood, then the gravel out of the bike lane portion of a "porkchop" where all the debris gathered. Also managed to fix a bit of fencing that was partially blocking the sidewalk w/a few zip ties.

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OK it's a little thing, but I just got a report from the city street division telling me that the pot holes I reported were finally fixed.
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Back in July, I produced a video and wrote a post illustrating the dangers of a high traffic bridge linking downtown Victoria, BC, and the West Shore.

At the time there was a referendum pending on borrowing for replacement of the aging structure. A group had been lobbying hard to preserve the existing structure and suggested forcing cyclists (who presently are allowed to take the lane) into tiny lanes up against the right edge of the bridge deck.

Last month, voters opted for replacement. The new bridge will integrate existing bike trails (on west side), and include mixed-use trail and on-road bike lane.
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OK it's a little thing, but I just got a report from the city street division telling me that the pot holes I reported were finally fixed.
In Sad Diego? The list must have been a few pages long.
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With the Lord's help, I turned a rotten egg situation, into one that was sunny side up. I know I shell be pun-ished for these yolks, but you know I'm cracked.

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As a veteran, I appreciate your actions (as well as all of those who work to make things better in the world).

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In Sad Diego? The list must have been a few pages long.
I have indeed submitted quite a few repairs... I have this site bookmarked on my smartphone. http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/

When cycling it is easy to pull over for a few minutes to log a pothole or crack or even overgrown plants (they pass the latter on to another division). When driving the big problem is remembering all the details of a particular street repair... exact intersections and/or repair details.

I wish the system was a bit easier to use... although the "text input method" is a bit faster.

The irony of this latest report was that I had submitted the repair request back in July.

Seriously, if you are local, use this site: http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/

Report this stuff! I use it to report traffic lights that don't work for cyclists too.

Oh yeah, I do check to ensure that the job is done. I have not had a chance to check on this latest repair yet... But I will. That's the other thing, I stay on their backs if the job isn't right.

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Great thread. We have tons of road problems here from budget cuts. could you possibly share some advice on how you got your town planners to actually fix these hazards?

Do you have to get a lawyer involved?

I mean, I half expect to send a form- email to their website and then get a "thank you" form- letter back like "We will pass this on to the proper channels, etc. etc. "
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Recently swept glass out of the bike lane in my neighborhood, then the gravel out of the bike lane portion of a "porkchop" where all the debris gathered. Also managed to fix a bit of fencing that was partially blocking the sidewalk w/a few zip ties.

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Great thread. We have tons of road problems here from budget cuts. could you possibly share some advice on how you got your town planners to actually fix these hazards?

Do you have to get a lawyer involved?

I mean, I half expect to send a form- email to their website and then get a "thank you" form- letter back like "We will pass this on to the proper channels, etc. etc. "
I've taken time to find out who the "Players" are, and have them both on email and speed dial. Photographs, and clear descriptions of the problem locations are a must. I also think it helps to be active in the community, so going to a couple of city council meetings, participating in advisory committees (even as a member of the public) are good ways of putting a face to your needs.

Rarely do I need a lawyer, but I do occasionally include one (from a bike injury firm) in my emails. I also like to add members of local advocacy groups in the emails. This I feel, makes it known that eyes are being drawn to the issue, so denial is harder.

I seldom get mail from the agencies, but I will get the occasional call, and I will call them up to thank them when I find the work has been done.

Hope that helps!
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Great thread. We have tons of road problems here from budget cuts. could you possibly share some advice on how you got your town planners to actually fix these hazards?

Do you have to get a lawyer involved?

I mean, I half expect to send a form- email to their website and then get a "thank you" form- letter back like "We will pass this on to the proper channels, etc. etc. "
I've never needed to get a lawyer involved, but it helps to know what will make the city attorney's skin crawl -- clear, polite references to standards that are being violated and the risks they create. A spirited rant may help you vent, but it may earn you the bedbug letter instead of action.

Tell them what is wrong as plainly as possible.

Refer to whatever codes they are breaking or standards they are violating.

Tell them you are sure it was oversight, not malicious, but they could kill or maim a local resident.

Ask them, as a voter and taxpayer, to fix the problem before a potential injury becomes a real claim against the city.

Thank them for their time, and tell them you await their reply.

Follow up if they don't reply.
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Not long ago, a botched bollard installation on a local trail led me to write a letter to public works.

Besides complaining about the bollard, I gave them a one page chart of bollard-related standards from MUTCD, the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, state DOT standards, and FHWA guidance on Accessibility. Things like conspicuity, sight distances, setbacks, spacing, passing clearances, etc.

On my ride home today, I noticed every single bollard on the trail, from the city line to the end of the trail, has been upgraded with proper reflectors. And when I called, the director of public works thanked me for the reference sheet.
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