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Metro owns trail easement rights at location of Marine Drive collision

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The bike/car collision this morning on NE Marine Drive happened in a location where Metro owns an easement for a future trail that would place the bikeway off the main road.

In a rare blend of advocacy and communications, Metro has posted a story on their website about the crash, saying that the collision, “highlights the importance of Metro’s work to close trail gaps” (but unfortunately calls it an “accident”). (more…)

Tandem bike and car collide near PCC Cascade in North Portland (Photo)

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Photo of the scene at N. Killingsworth and Kerby last night.
(Photo: Nate Gibson)

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Police cite bus operator for unlawful turn in transit mall crash – UPDATED

Friday, September 10th, 2010
Richard Krebs’ bike rests under the
wheel of a TriMet bus after the
collision last Thursday.
(Photos: Bill Jackson)

In a major update to our story from last week, the Portland Police Bureau has issued a citation to TriMet bus operator John Nations in a crash that occurred August 12th at SW 6th and Morrison in downtown Portland.

According to TriMet Communications Director Mary Fetsch, the bus operator, 39 year-old John Nations from Beaverton, has been cited in violation of ORS 811.335, “Unlawful or unsignaled turn.” Here’s more from Fetsch: (more…)

More details on transit mall crash from TriMet, Richard Krebs, and the police report

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
What happened?
(Photo: Bill Jackson)

Richard Krebs, the man who was involved in a collision with a TriMet bus on SW Morrison and 6th on August 12th, has come forward with his side of the story. He takes issue with several important parts of TriMet’s official statement and says he was under medication from his injuries when he made incriminating statements to the police. TriMet says they stand by their version of what happened, but they acknowledged today that the bus operator did not perform his left turn correctly prior to the crash.
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Further clarification from TriMet on transit mall bus/bike crash

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

[Unofficial graphic, not created by TriMet.]

Graphic showing location of vehicles just prior to collision.
(Graphic: BikePortland)

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Update: Bike operator cited for running into bus in transit mall collision

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Richard Krebs’ bike rests under the
wheel of a TriMet bus after the
collision on August 12th.
(Photo: Bill Jackson)

TriMet has released an update on the investigation of a collision involving a bus and a bike in downtown Portland on August 12th.

TriMet Communications Director Mary Fetsch says that following a review by the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division, the man operating the bicycle, Richard Krebs, was given a citation for “failure to obey a traffic control device” (ORS 811.265). The bus operator was not cited, but was “provided retraining” according to Fetsch.
(more…)

Garbage truck/bike collision at SE 50th and Hawthorne – UPDATED

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
View of SE 50th and Hawthorne.
Truck was pointed west and coming
out of eastern most intersection.

There was a crash at around 7:00 am this morning at SE Hawthorne and 50th involving a woman on a bike and a garbage truck. The truck operator was headed west on Hawthorne when the collision occurred. This is the portion of Hawthorne where there’s a bend in the road and most eastbound traffic is diverted south onto 50th.

The extent of the women’s injuries are unknown. I’m awaiting more details from the Police Bureau Trafffic Division. Here’s what KATU TV is reporting: (more…)

Crash on SE Hawthorne at 10th offers a lesson in caution

Friday, August 13th, 2010
Aftermath of a collision at SE 10th
cand Hawthorne yesterday.
(Photos: Christopher Perez)

The collision on the transit mall downtown wasn’t the only bike-involved crash yesterday. Reader Christopher Perez was the first person on the scene of a collision on SE Hawthorne about two hours before Richard Krebs was struck while crossing SW Morrison.

Perez witnessed the collision and provided a detailed account and photos on his Flickr page. Here are some excerpts from what he saw (emphasis mine):

“Both east bound lanes of traffic are stopped due to construction on the east side of Hawthorn at SE 12th. At 10th, both lanes of traffic provide a break for cross traffic. (more…)

Serious injury crash near Ladds Circle (photos) – Updated

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

There was a serious injury crash just north of Ladds Circle yesterday during the evening commute. At about 5:15, I started getting reports from witnesses about someone on a bike that was being tended to by emergency medical personnel. Here are photos taken at the scene by reader Robby Russell: (more…)

Rush hour crash on Hawthorne Bridge raises questions about bike traffic

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Traffic on the Hawthorne.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge can be bad. And I don’t mean car traffic.

Roger Geller, the city’s bicycle coordinator received an email from someone who witnessed a horrifying, nearly tragic crash on the Hawthorne Bridge during last Wednesday’s evening rush hour. The witness, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote a detailed, eloquent description of the incident as well as his or her thoughts about how to address the underlying issues.

I’ve posted the letter here in its entirety. (more…)

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