Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on August 1st, 2005 at 1:24 am
Well, I heard ODOT has just finished painting the lanes on the St. Johns Bridge. I was out that way recently and decided to take a closer look. It doesn’t look good for recreational cyclists. There is little to no shoulder and the sidewalk isn’t exactly roomy (not to mention it’s not technically a “shared-use” path to begin with).
I couldn’t get anyone in my group to sacrifice their safety for a photo, so I was forced to stage my bike sans rider in the shoulder just to give you an idea of how tight things are. Unfortunately no huge truck came by (and it was too hot to wait) but even with the small car in the picture, you can see how precarious the situation is.
Of course local bike advocates haven’t given up yet. It looks like the possible compromise might be some new shared lane markings known to transportation geeks as “sharrows.”