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Old 11-23-2007, 01:35 AM
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Exclamation The $100,000.00 Scare Tactic

I was bicycling around the local Fred Meyers in Beaverton, when I noticed that several storm drains in their parking lot were missing metal straps to prevent bikes from dropping in (they were broken off at some time).

I called and spoke to the manager told him of the problem and advised them of the very real recent news report about the bicyclist who was awarded $100,000.00 for Pain and Suffering when he injured after hitting a similar storm drain in Portland.

The storm drains were fixed immediatly!

(Did the same to the local Petsmart... Went back to check on them, but their problem is re-occuring (see post below)).

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PS: Had I had a little more time to think of a title, I would have started this thread under the name:
The $2,860,000.00 Scare Tactic...

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Old 11-23-2007, 11:17 AM
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:47 PM
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K'Tesh, you rock!
Just doing my part to make this rock a better place than what I found it. I figure if I can get the word out then things can improve faster.

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Old 11-24-2007, 09:34 PM
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Default Checked Petsmart tonight...

I went by Petsmart tonight just to update the post...

The gap which was 8" wide (and the width of the drain is about 12") was 3" wide... enough for my tire to drop in and halt me if I wasn't aware of it.

I went to the manager, and he was surprised... he said that he had fixed the gap (and I believe him), but when we both went out there he saw what I was saying was true. He fixed it on the spot. I suggested that they get another segment to fill the gap, OR weld the pieces together.

I'll keep on checking on it periodically.

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Old 12-06-2007, 12:53 PM
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:05 PM
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Exclamation Grate Danger in Tualatin...

Danger! Will Robinson! Danger! Danger!

Yesterday I rode to REI Tualatin to pick up my bike repair stand, and I decided that the fastest, safest, and best route was Hwy 217 to I-5. I also wanted to see if a No Bikes permitted sign on the SB Nyberg I-5 On-ramp had been removed yet, so I went down there.

On the way, I dodged broken stereos, an entertainment center, glass, towels, splinters, a porn magazine (straight) and a double-ended male reproductive replica. But, the most distressing was the ILLEGAL storm drain cover on Exit 290, Lower Boones Ferry Road (Lake Oswego/Durham exit). I was actually in that lane (turning West) when I nearly dropped into it as I was following a car on the off ramp.


For scale, I added a US Quarter to the pic.

I brought this to ODOT's attention... reply pending.

I picked up my stand, but didn't want to open it as I was on bike, and I didn't want it to fall out while I was riding to the bus stop. When I got home I found that it was damaged in shipping. I went back to REI and exchanged it, and found that the mount for my bike computer was broken too. I rode over to Performance Bikes in Tualatin and found this ILLEGAL storm drain...



I brought this to the attention of Performance (who claims that the parking lot is 24Hour Fitness's). 24Hour claims that it isn't their lot, but their manager did follow me out to the grate and rotated 90 degree to prevent most cylists from dropping in. He promised to bring it to the attention of their property manger.

I found two others nearby, that although they had welded straps to bring them into compliance, were upside down and in line with traffic and could bring a cyclist down. I flipped them right side up, and rotated them 90 degrees.

I found 4 dangerous grates in two blocks in Tualatin today... How many can you find?

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Default Storm Drains are Over-Rated

First, I too am frightened by longitudinal storm drains. I think they should have six inch wide slits and be at the left side of the motorists' lane.

However, they really aren't as scary as they appear. Even with my 700-23 tires, I've run over them (not intentionally) with no ill effect. If you cross them at even a slight angle and a reasonable amount of speed you'll be OK.

Train tracks--that pass over the lane obliquely--on the other hand...like southbound Lombard near Farmington...now those have the potential to change the color of my bike shorts.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:36 PM
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Thumbs down Over-rated? Lets try these ones on...

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However, they really aren't as scary as they appear. Even with my 700-23 tires, I've run over them (not intentionally) with no ill effect. If you cross them at even a slight angle and a reasonable amount of speed you'll be OK.
Who's afraid of grates? I am...

Heres just two of the 6 I found in Tigard today... In the Value Village, RiteAid, McDonalds parking lot...



Anybody see something wrong here?

Russ Chevy has some potential ones... I spoke to the Manager, and while we were outside looking at the grates, 3 other cyclists cut thru the parking lot... My point was made.

I brought all of the grates to the attention of the nearest business, and warned them of what could happen, and some potential consequences. The property managers may not know it, but the clock is ticking...

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Old 05-18-2008, 11:11 PM
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Talking Beaverton Bike Gallery... Then and Now...

I was surprised to find that storm drain grate that could catch bikes at Performance in Tualatin, then I remembered that I had spotted one at the Beaverton Bike Gallery a few months ago... I had talked to an employee, and we rotated the drain 90 degrees from the way I found it. It wasn't perfect, but it was a temporary improvement until some straps could be welded to completly prevent problems...


This is the way it was... before rotating it 90 degrees

When I went back on tuesday, it hadn't been fixed. So, I talked to the Assistant Manager, Clue, and he said he had never even noticed it. He told me that he'd get right on it, and true to his word, he did.



Clue, and the new grate.

Less than a week later, I rode by to see if it had been fixed, and sure enough it was. I also got to meet Bike Gallery's Service & Training Manager, Brett. He was the one who actually made the new grate.

It goes to show that businesses (especially The Bike Gallery) are receptive to our inputs, they just might not be aware of the problem. So, keep your eyes open, point out the problems, and we'll all be a little bit safer.

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Old 05-18-2008, 11:41 PM
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Exclamation Skidmore Fountain...

Skidmore Fountain, Portland... Lots of bikes in the area during Portland Saturday Market (Sundays Too!). I spotted this drain and another one right at the fountain.


Sorry about the blur, it was the best my cell phone could do at the time.

I called the Portland Bike Commission ((503) 823 2925) and left a message (after hours) advising them of the drains.

This isn't just a problem on the Westside...

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