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Old 03-31-18, 10:08 AM
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Shouldn't have been set there especially given the paved looking area under the bridge it could be staged on. Properly written permit language should have included access, lawn damage repair etc.

At a minimum there should have been cones/barricades, especially given the closeness in color to the pavement.
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Old 03-31-18, 11:39 AM
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Our major bike artery here has been blocked by a landslide for about a year. Itís probably got a thousand tons of dirt on it. I guess that would count as construction if they showed any inclination to fix it.
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Old 03-31-18, 05:18 PM
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It's hit or miss here but seems to get better (E.G., less ignorant blockage) each year. A couple of years ago we had a problem on a bikeway that went by a construction project with workers parking their trucks on the bikeway. I called the local Sheriff, they stopped by and ticketed the trucks ($240/truck IIRC) and the city sent a letter to the construction company not to do it anymore and to inform their subs. Later, in a couple of cases where they had to have trucks on there for landscaping work, they made a bikeway on the shoulder and part of the motor traffic lane with 4' high cones.

Cities and counties and such are slowly getting use to the idea that these are transportation paths, not just recreational. Also that an increasing number of kids and elders are using them and they have a much more difficult time knowing what to do about closures and blockages and stuff. Amazing how much more attention things get when a bunch of school children use a path to get to/from school.

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Old 03-31-18, 07:01 PM
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We've tried to get people to call about any and every thing like that as well. The more calls they get the more responsive they are.
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Old 03-31-18, 07:27 PM
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I think part of the problem is that people working on roads simply think about the needs of cars and traffic, and not the needs of cyclists.

So, if they need a little extra space for something... the bike lane is there, empty... and the perfect place to put signs, trash cans, and etc.

And, yes, a cyclist can get around an inconveniently placed construction sign. But, it can also be a danger to the cyclists. Of course, if there is no space between the bike lane and sidewalk, then there is no good place to put the signs. But, if there is a grass buffer, then the grassy strip is much better... just not always the choice.

We've got a place where the city is doing a construction project past a bridge, so they decided to do a lane drop for the entire length of the bridge. Except, when lanes were already narrow, there is now no passing of bikes... unless one dodges behind the construction barrel cones. Fine for a while, but the city also put in additional barriers to dodge around. I suppose I shouldn't worry about traffic, and just take the lane, and get the pulses of 50 cars backing up behind me as I doddle along. I'm sure the drivers will like that.
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Old 03-31-18, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CrankyOne View Post
We've tried to get people to call about any and every thing like that as well. The more calls they get the more responsive they are.
This. You've got to get organized and numbers count.
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Old 04-02-18, 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
As far as grass, how much you want to bet someone will be complaining about bicycle ruts in the grass next to those deck pieces.

Elsewhere?

https://bikeportland.org/2018/01/09/...-summer-264033

One of the major bike paths in Portland is scheduled to be closed this summer due to a wetlands restoration project. And, of course, they have to do the wetlands project in the summer, i.e. peak cycling season.

And, the shut-down has nothing to do with the bike path... just the city deemed that it was the easiest access point for their project (ignoring the rail lines next to it).
Reminds me when I lived in Seattle. First, when I lived on the north end, and had a friend who lived far to the south that I regularly wanted to visit, they closed the Green River Trail, for, IIRC at least two years, because they piled sandbags on it, in case they might need them. Later, I moved to the south end, and was right near it, and wanted to ride it recreationally, but it was closed for most of the time I lived near it, because they were working on it.

Nothing like rolling out for what you hoped would be a long bike ride, going through a couple of miles of city, finally getting to the trail and finding it either covered in HESCO barriers, or this:



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Old 04-02-18, 06:19 PM
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let's see, in the last three years i have seen the following on Chicago's Lakefront Path: vehicles driving down the path (especially fun at night when they have their high-beams on), unannounced path "repaving" (really was just seal coating the path, including stretches that legit were repaved 6 months prior), chainlink fence erected across the path with no warning signs...
so yeah, i have seen similar. the scary thing is that it does not surprise me anymore.
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Old 04-03-18, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
Nothing like rolling out for what you hoped would be a long bike ride, going through a couple of miles of city, finally getting to the trail and finding it either covered in HESCO barriers, or this:



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We get that a couple of times per year, but most of us just go around the signs unless there's a crew actually working on it. They do a really good job though on our Greenway, with minimal disruption, which surprises me given how we handle road construction and construction in general here.
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Old 04-03-18, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Our major bike artery here has been blocked by a landslide for about a year. Itís probably got a thousand tons of dirt on it. I guess that would count as construction if they showed any inclination to fix it.
we have roads still closed from a major flooding event that happened close on 3 years now. No work has been done...it's just closed roads. My state gives no effs about such things.

One of our riverside greenways finally reopened. Another part of the same system had a dam that collapsed during the flood event and that hasn't been rebuilt yet.
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Old 04-03-18, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Tombaatar View Post
how about this?
I'm not sure but are those forms for concrete construction?

And no surgery to transfer part of one's brain to the city, please.
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Old 04-03-18, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
I'm not sure but are those forms for concrete construction?

And no surgery to transfer part of one's brain to the city, please.
It is a portable stage for a music festival. The stage was set up about a 500-600 feet away.
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Old 04-03-18, 10:17 AM
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Look on the bright side, you can do some trial on the way to work!
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Old 04-03-18, 12:40 PM
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Just move them aside, stack like dominos or hose of cards? JK, our local bike path crews plow and are very responsive to trees down etc. The Minute Man bike path in Arlington, MA and beyond.
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Our city announces any closure of trails weeks in advance. However what annoys me most is that there is normally no effort being made to offer alternative save routes for cyclists. You are on your own to find a safe detour over roads. I love the effort they are doing on keeping the trails up to date but most people still regard cycling as kind of leisure activity than a mode of transportation. They wouldn't block a street without planning for detours, but they do it for trails.
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Old 04-08-18, 07:05 PM
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We have had issues like this with a music festival here in Ottawa called Bluesfest. The concert is every year here and is right next to a major pathway network so workmen been placing materials all over creating havoc for not only cyclists but pedestrians as well all using the pathway. It got so bad that one of the workers actually ran over a bicyclist a few years ago.
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