Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on October 25th, 2005 at 2:51 pm
Check out this recent comment to my “Close Calls” post:
“We were riding up the I-205 bike path on the way to the airport. Going under a bridge we both slid and fell on a freshly painted yellow center line. There was NO signs, cones or anything indicating the lines were freshly painted. We didn’t even no what happened until we got off the ground and found we were covered in yellow paint. We headed up the path to find a worker from TriMet who told us the line painter truck from ODOT had just went through about 5 minutes ago.
So far we have got little response from ODOT. The comment of the workers has been, “Normally the paint dries in 10 minutes so we don’t bother marking it with cones”. Well for the first 10 minutes it is like putting 1/8th inch of grease on the road.”
Apparently ODOT keeps referring the riders to the claims department so they can be reimbursed for damage to their bike and their medical supplies…but the riders are more interested in having them change this dangerous policy than getting money. It seems to me like laying down a few cones wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Or is it? Is 10 minutes of dangerously slippery paint on the road acceptable? I wonder what ODOT’s response would be if this accident involved a motorist…