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Old 07-12-2013, 05:18 PM
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Lynnef...thanks for the correction.

I'll have to say, as a casual observer of the functionality of Central Beaverton streets for biking, I think one of the good things that's happened in the last 2-3 years, has been the Beaverton Saturday Farmer's Market. The broad appeal of that weekly event, located between legs of the Hall/Watson couplet, definitely seems to have been an incentive to more people to come to the market by way of bike, consequently obliging them to consider ability of the Hall and Watson thoroughfares to support practical travel by bike.

Though yet comparatively minimal to bike use in Portland, the bike racks near the market are full on market day. Many, many more people coming to the market by bike could send a very tangible, positive message to the city, that the functionality of its streets for biking needs attending to. Biking to the market makes sense in part, because car parking on surrounding neighorhood streets during market day has become close to being exhausted.

Very briefly last weekend at the market, I talked with a lady that was riding with her husband; both were riding recumbents. Asked about the route they would take home, she said to me: Hall, across Farmington and Canyon, west on Millikan. This is just one example that tells me, people traveling by bike definitely find the need to use the thoroughfares for travel, rather than the sidewalks. City Hall, the mayor, and the the police department needs to know this.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:19 PM
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Well.. yes. I made it to the meeting.

In general, the committee members are good cycling oriented people but for the most part. In general, they are primarily commuter or part time cyclist. The sense I got is that they were conservative in their cycling habits bordering on timid opting for crosswalks over their right to using the roadway. One even suggested that merging like a car didn't apply to cyclists. Excuse me? Predictable is the watch-word in the cyclists handbook.

Also the general consensus was that BAC couldn't help with guidance or provide any support on a advocacy basis. They would defer to the BPD regarding question and guidance.

I did learn that there is a bikeway planned between Lombard and Hall for '14-'15 timeframe. No clear vision was available of how that would connect to Millikan Way.

Odd thing was, the only bike officer that was there basically told me to suck it up; "...it was only a warning!", fully ignoring the fact that lecturing a cyclist was more important than aggressive drivers. The fact that I took the time to bring this matter before BAC clearly shows it was more important to me than that. Furthermore, he had no constructive comment whatsoever on the matter. So if you run into a Beaverton bike officer named Patrick, expect a similar attitude.

Next time, I will be going to visit the precinct followed up by a letter to the city attorney. And I will also be sure to carry the applicable ORS at all times.

Basically, this was a futile effort.

Last week, I was having difficulty getting to the point. Basically, I was hoping that you'd get from BAC members recognition that cyclists have need of using lanes of traffic other than the bike lane, a need which Oregon law indisputably provides for. Also, a well grounded understanding of basic procedures involved in safely using all lanes of traffic for biking, as well as some techniques that are more bike specific in terms of riding safely amongst motor vehicles.

It was more of a long shot, but I'd hoped that the attending police officer would have said something to indicate they had a good familiarity with basic procedures and practical techniques for riding a bike in Beaverton's traffic. Those guys are always so nice and polite at the meetings...and I'm not being cynical when I say that.

I think I understand that committee members don't consider their job to be advocacy, at least not very much of that. What they do is 'advise'. The city seems to run ideas and projects past them for a 'What do you think?' kind of response, because it can benefit the city to have the support of a BAC.

Good luck with the PD.

Beaverton could sure benefit from cyclists that are just a bit more articulate about what they need in the way of support for bike use on city streets. By that, I definitely do not mean agro-antagonistic, big city activist actions. Kind of a growing grassroots support though.

Sort of an example, is again...just this last weekend at the Beav Farmer's Mkt, Saturday, I grabbed the opportunity to talk briefly with the mother of a family, all on bikes...pops towing a trail-a-bike with a child riding, two or three kids 12 and under on their own bikes...about where they'd ridden to the market from (they were set to depart as I walked up to them). They live out near Portland Golf Course (Raleigh Hills, probably 4-5 miles east.

Rode all the way in on the bike lane, part of which is the Fanno Creek Trail, so they didn't much have to travel along thoroughfares. Nice day, but they were in high spirits for the trip home. Conceivably, if the routes were good for family riding, they could easily have ridden on to Beav Town Square or Cedar Hills Crossing.
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