Special Coverage of the Albright v. Trimet Lawsuit

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TriMet-Albright lawsuit: One year later

Posted on January 17th, 2007 at 7:44 am.

The punch that started it all.

It’s been one year since the news broke of Randy Albright’s lawsuit against TriMet.

The story sparked a heated local dialogue, garnered national media attention and had a major impact on this site and the Portland bike community.

At the time, it was by far the biggest story I had ever covered. When it finally hit the front page of the Oregonian and the video from the on-board cameras ran on the local TV stations, it seemed the entire city was talking about it…and some very hateful words were flying between cyclists and motorists.


TriMet adds bike section to Bus Operator Manual

Posted on January 9th, 2007 at 10:12 am.

This Saturday (1/13) will mark the one-year anniversary of when we all first heard about Randy Albright’s lawsuit against TriMet.

That lawsuit — which was spurred by Albright being buzzed by a bus on the Hawthorne Bridge — has had a lasting impact on our community in many ways.

It led to an “I Share the Road” campaign at PDOT, it started an important (and sometimes ugly) community dialogue about the need to be considerate of all roadway users (including giving donuts and thanks to TriMet drivers), and it led to a mountain of media coverage.


Decision reached in Albright vs. TriMet

Posted on November 9th, 2006 at 1:09 pm.

[Partly Randy’s fault.]

Gregory Zeuthen, the arbitrator brought in to decide the case between Randy Albright and TriMet has come to a decision.

He finds both parties negligent in the infamous events that transpired on January 22, 2004.

Here are key excerpts from the official memo Zeuthen just faxed to the attorneys in the case (hat tip to the Mercury, here’s a PDF of the memo):


Albright case progresses, decision coming next week

Posted on November 3rd, 2006 at 7:19 pm.

[Randy Albright]

The case between TriMet and Randy Albright took a step closer to resolution today. Albright, a reporter from the Oregonian, and lawyers from both sides met this morning in downtown Portland for an arbitration session.

I was subpoenaed by TriMet’s lawyers for my reporting on the case but I could not attend today’s arbitration and I refused to cooperate with a written affidavit or telephone statement as requested by their legal team.

Thankfully, the Oregonian was on the scene and their news blog just published more details from the hearing. Apparently some new evidence emerged:


Sharing donuts, sharing the road

Posted on January 27th, 2006 at 1:45 pm.

breakfast on the bridges - January

It was an amazing morning of bike love here in Portland. We had a great turnout at both Breakfast on the Bridges: Driver Donut Edition (photos), and the “I Share the Road” rally (photos). The sun even came out to lend its endorsement to the proceedings. And I’m sure it didn’t hurt that the events were plugged last night on KATU-TV (thanks Anita!) and in an article on the front page of the Oregonian this morning.


TriMet passenger talks to the Tribune

Posted on January 27th, 2006 at 1:17 pm.

Someone just emailed me a link to Phil Stanford’s column in the Portland Tribune. They got an interview with the guy that beat up Randy. Turns out his nickname is “Gater” and he’s an ex-boxer! Here’s an excerpt:

“Gater says he was on his way to work that morning when this guy – who’d been keeping the bus from passing him for several blocks – up and stopped in the middle of the Hawthorne Bridge. … At which point, Gater, who happens to be an ex-boxer, got off the bus and told him to move it. … When he didn’t, Gater says, he threw just one punch, and not a very good one at that. … As for the police, Gater says, he’s not particularly concerned, since by his calculations the statute of limitations expired Monday.”


City calls for civility and unveils new campaign

Posted on January 26th, 2006 at 8:21 am.


The City of Portland will hold a rally tomorrow morning to “recommit community support for all modes of transportation” and officially launch the “I Share the Road” campaign. According to the official statement (PDF here) from the Office of Transportation, the joint effort has brought together a diverse group including; the Mayor of Portland, and heads of the American Automobile Association, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, TriMet, Portland Public Schools, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, Portland Police Bureau, Elders in Action and others.

Along with the rally at Waterfront Park, the City will take the following immediate actions:


Cyclists to TriMet: “Want a donut?”

Posted on January 25th, 2006 at 7:58 pm.

Breakfast on the Bridges - October

A group of cyclists intends to put a TriMet twist on this Friday’s Breakfast on the Bridges. The event (which happens on the last Friday of every month) usually consists of volunteers handing out free coffee and pastries to early-morning bike commuters on the Hawthorne and Broadway Bridges. However, in light of recent events organizers have decided to fight fire with flour.

They plan to gather at the westbound Hawthorne Bridge bus stop (the one before the overpass) from 7:30-8:30 this Friday morning with bikes and signs. When a bus pulls up to the stop, the cyclists will board and hand the driver a donut with a label on it that says, “Thanks for sharing.” I can’t even imagine the look on the drivers’ faces when they realize what’s happening.

Here are more photos of Breakfast on the Bridges.

Witness says bus driver “didn’t like cyclists”

Posted on January 23rd, 2006 at 9:12 am.

The TriMet/bike incident has the spread across the country, but unfortunately of all the parties involved only the cyclist has made a statement. TriMet has been silent (they sent me a statement but it did not address this issue specifically), the driver is deceased, the passenger has not been found, and no witnesses have stepped forward, until now.

OHSU employee Phillip Wilmarth was seated in the middle of the bus and his account of that morning adds useful context about why the driver and passenger acted the way they did.


Reactions to the maelstrom

Posted on January 20th, 2006 at 4:50 pm.

[From the Oregonian]

It’s been a crazy week around here.

The Randy Albright/TriMet thing has spilled over from my site to the local media, the blogosphere, and now to the national media (someone saw the video on Fox TV in Utah). The result is an avalanche of comments (101 on this blog at last count) and emotions from people on all sides of the issue. And I hesitate to say “sides” because I’m afraid this whole thing is becoming more about which side you’re on rather than recognizing that we all have a right to the road and life is much better when we peacefully coexist.