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Old 02-13-2013, 09:27 PM
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Smile Now this is funny... Google captured one of my repairs

I was out on Cedar Hills Blvd yesterday, coming home from the Orthopedist, when I spotted that ODOT had fixed (kinda) my complaints about the drains to the north of SW Butner Rd.

As I was talking to ODOT about fixing the gaps, I noticed that there was blackberries intruding on the bike lane to the north of Hw 26. Today, I get a confirmation request email from ODOT verifying the location.

On a lark, I decided to look at the streetview of the problem areas I had fixed, when I spotted a work-in-progress dealing with my complaint about the blackhole grate to the south of Butner.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:14 PM
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Talking And now for one of my fastest responses to a repair request...

Getting off the bus today, I noticed the rotted wooden stump of an old mailbox's post sunken in a hole in the sidewalk.





I was literally on the phone calling Sherwood's Public Works Department, when I observed that the crew working on the sidewalk across the street was Sherwood's Public Works Department.

I walked up, and spoke to the supervisor, pointing out the hole, and he had his guys cold patch the hole in less than 15 minutes...





Thanks Sherwood!
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:46 AM
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I walked up, and spoke to the supervisor, pointing out the hole, and he had his guys cold patch the hole in less than 15 minutes...
wow, that's got to be the fastest action ever taken... from complaint to fix in 15 minutes!
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:50 AM
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Lightbulb I think it's a tie...

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wow, that's got to be the fastest action ever taken... from complaint to fix in 15 minutes!
I once called Tualatin about a water meter cover collapsing in a bike lane and they were out here in only minutes.

I sent Sherwood's Public Works an email thanks today complete w/pics.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:51 AM
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Default Gravel in the bike lane, BH Highway just west of SW 21st

Here's a photo from last Thursday, 10/3/2013, on SW BH Highway, just west of SW 21st. It looks like SW 21st's gravel washed down into the bike lane, again, after the heavy rain the previous weekend.



You can see easily the gravel in the bike lane in the photo because I turned up my headlight to its full 3000 lumens and pointed it at the ground. I don't usually ride with it on full like that, because the battery won't last for the duration of my commute at that setting. As you can see, the gravel is just about the same color as the street.

I sent a note to safe@portlandoregon.gov. They said they would pass it on to street sweeping.

It was still there tonight, Monday 10/7/2013. I sent them another email tonight, telling them it was still there, and suggesting that they at least put out an orange cone.

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Old 07-15-2014, 12:18 PM
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Lightbulb Kinda been out of the loop lately...

Studies and a move to Sherwood have kept me from doing much in the line of serious advocacy.

Today, I found a branch overhanging an ADA ramp (less than 5') on PSU's campus. A phone call, a saw, and a few minutes later, and the branch was removed. (photos pending)

Total time involved, about 10 minutes.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:36 PM
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Default Ordered my newest weapon...

My weapon of choice for advocacy is a camera...


My Olympus is a nice camera and all, but it's too big (and old) for my needs as an agent for change. I finally got the scratch together, and I'm going back to a Panasonic (Lumix DMC-ZS25)... Look out World! You saw what I could do with a 10x optical zoom, I'm now up to a 20X optical zoom.

Oh, and until it arrives, here's what I can do with a smart phone (and some felco shears)

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Exclamation Clark County: Vancouver uses optical traffic light sensors

Last Friday night I encountered a traffic light for crossing Mill Plain which wouldn't change for my bike. I rolled over the paving cuts for the detectors, even lowered my frame over that area and waved it back and forth, and held a wheel over it and spun it. No luck; the light cycled four times before a car rolled up behind me and I circled around and let it trigger the light. I reported the malfunction via Vancouver's service request webform.

On Monday the operations department dispatcher sent me an email saying they'd entered my service request, which is normal for Vancouver webform requests I've made before.

Today, I got a call from a Real Person! She told me that they had inspected the site, checked the function of the lights, and found it all to be in working order. *sigh* Oh well...we all know traffic lights don't always work so well for bikes. But here's the cool thing: she said that maybe I needed a light on my bike! I have a light, it's a decent enough Avenir/Planet Bike "be seen" type, it even has fresh batteries in it and I was using it, so I'm still not all that thrilled, but it is very interesting to know that Vancouver is using optical detectors for its traffic lights. Next time I'll wave my light around toward the traffic signal arms.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:10 PM
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I run a 1000lm blinking light in front of my bike. Obviously I don't have it pointed up at traffic light sensors. More and more I am running into non-responsive lights on the west side of Portland.

I would really like to see a feedback mechanism that shows that the queue has been triggered.
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