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Old 09-15-11, 03:07 AM   #1
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Really?! We still have this problem?! Dangerous Storm Drains Grates...‏

Sent this email to a lot of people in law, advocacy, the press, and (of course) the government.

As everybody knows, road bike tires are slim... So, here's a photo of my Victorinox (Ranger Model) Swiss Army Knife compared to a road bike's tires:

and here's the same knife in a grate located in the bike lane at the Upper Boones Ferry Rd/SW Durham Rd intersection...

or this gem of a grate located right next to Tualatin's City Hall/Library...

Oregon Revised Statutes (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.
I don't think that these grates qualify as "Safe"... Do you?

How about these?

(Ok, I'll admit, Tualatin has already fixed that last one)

See Something? Do Something!!!!
I can't believe the number of dangerous grates that are still out there, even after that ORS was passed in the 70's.

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Hop in your time machine and have your city master planned.
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Just another reason why, I 'take the lane'.
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Whoa... an advocacy and safety issue in the advocacy and safety forum! You don't see that everyday!

Seriously... this is good stuff. I think things like this and reporting faulty traffic light loops are probably some of the simplest, yet most effective and visible forms of advocacy we can all engage in. Major kudos.
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I like the 4th pic!
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I wouldn't ride over those. It looks dangerous.
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Talk to your local councilman? Head of DPW? Who is your local bike advocacy group, get the squeaky wheel louder. Try a local news outlet. Find a bike friendly lawyer, get them to send something out to the mayor/ selectmen about holding them responsibly/ liable for injuries/ damages. You would be surprised how lawsuit adverse local government can be. Maybe they are not aware of the problem?
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My workplace has a real bike eater of a grate. There are several of us that ride, and no mtn bike tire would survive that particular grate. Reported it to our anal-retentive safety department.....repaired? Not yet. I sure can't allow myself to zone out on that corner.

Most of our grates in Albany, OR, are pseudo-legal as you show above. Bike wheel eaters, maybe not, but a rapid stop and endo would be the result in most cases if you were to ride over it.
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State liable for damages if fixing [storm grates] is not a matter of practice
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