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Tracey Sparling’s family joins in the Ride of Silence

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
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Unlike most group rides, last night’s
Ride of Silence was a solemn affair.
Full gallery here
(All photos © J. Maus)

About 70 Portlanders took part in the Ride of Silence last night.

After a brief speech by BTA executive director Scott Bricker, the crowd rode from the North Park Blocks, made a loop through downtown, went over the Broadway Bridge, then up MLK Jr. Blvd., and ended at N. Interstate and Greeley.
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Magazine editor blames bike lanes for Portland fatalities

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
Download article here (115 kb PDF)
Copyright 2008 by John Schubert and
reprinted with permission from
Adventure Cyclist magazine

In the April issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, technical editor John Schubert writes that “poorly designed” bike lanes were to blame for the recent deaths of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek.

In, Portland’s Agony: Two cyclists died as a result of poorly designed traffic-control devices, Schubert uses his monthly Cyclesense column as a pulpit to slam PDOT bicycle coordinator Roger Geller and find fault with the current direction of bikeway design in the most bike-friendly city in America (the article is not available online, but you can download a PDF here — posted with permission from Adventure Cyclist Magazine.) (more…)

Citation decisions released in Sparling, Jarolimek fatalities

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has made its decision on whether or not to issue traffic citations in the October fatalities of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek.

Rinker Cement Company truck driver Timothy Wiles has been issued a citation for violation of ORS 811.050, “Failure to yield to rider on bicycle lane,” in the October 11th crash that took the life of Tracey Sparling. (more…)

DA will not file criminal charges in Sparling case

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I just spoke with Multnomah County District Attorney Chuck Sparks. Sparks has completed his investigation into the collision that took the life of Tracey Sparling at W. Burnside and 14th in downtown Portland on October 11.

Sparks said he will not file any criminal charges in the case.

Here is the conclusion from the full report and memo made public by the DA’s office today:
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Sparling’s Aunt joins Adams at Safe and Sound Streets event

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
City Commissioner Sam Adams addresses the media at a press event for the
Safe, Sound, and Green Streets proposal.
(From L to R: Susan Kubota, aunt of the late Tracey Sparling; Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler; Oregon State Senator Rick Metsger; Commissioner Adams).
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

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Council approves funding bike safety improvements

Thursday, December 6th, 2007
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Draft engineering drawing
of the intersection where
Tracey Sparling was killed.

Last night, as part of a nearly $6 million surplus budget allocation process, Portland’s City Council approved $200,000 to fund bike safety improvements at 14 intersections.

These improvements include new, colored bike boxes and bike lanes at intersections found to be dangerous and in need of immediate treatment by Transportation Commissioner Sam Adams. The safety measures were fast-tracked in light of two fatal collisions and one serious injury collision back in October.

Adams’ transportation policy staffer Roland Chlapowski says the $200,000 includes some “contingency money” that would be used if the current projects on the table end up costing more than expected. On the other hand, he said that, “If we don’t use up that money we’ll probably be able to squeeze more projects out of it.”

Chlapowski also said that he is working on a large, more policy-oriented package to take to City Council in the next few weeks. I’ll have more on that soon, but you can expect it to include potential new equipment regulations for city trucks and several recommendations around community policing and the policy and practices of the Police Bureau.

Despite rain, hundreds attend “We Are ALL Traffic” rally

Sunday, November 18th, 2007
Joe Kurmaskie addresses the crowd under the Hawthorne Bridge.
Slideshow below
(All photos © Jonathan Maus)

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Reminder: Rally at Waterfront Park tomorrow

Friday, November 16th, 2007
Today’s press conference at City Hall.
(Photo: Dat Nguyen)

Don’t forget to join us for the “We Are ALL Traffic” rally tomorrow (11/17).

    Waterfront Park – Below Hawthorne Bridge
    12 Noon

There are rides being led to the rally from various locations throughout the city. Here is the list:
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Rides planned from memorial sites to rally on Saturday

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Please consider gathering before Saturday’s rally at one of the all-too-many sites around town where people have been killed while bicycling or walking, and then riding or walking with the group to Waterfront Park. All processions will be timed to arrive at Salmon Street Springs by 11:45am.

The list below also includes sites that haven’t yet been spoken up for. If you would like to lead a ride from these sites or others not listed, please email eleanor dot blue at gmail dot com. The list will be updated throughout Thursday and Friday.

Please wear a black armband for mourning, red if you’ve been injured. Armbands will be available at these gatherings and at Waterfront Park, but you’re encouraged to bring your own.

Downtown:

    *SW 14th and Burnside — In memory of Tracey Sparling
    Gather at 10:30, ride and walk at 11:15
    NEW* SW Broadway and Alder — In memory of Kristine Okins
    Gather at 11:15, walk and ride at 11:30

    North:

    * N Interstate and Greeley — In memory of Brett Jarolimek
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15

    NEW* Legacy Emanuel Hospital — In honor of Bob Verrinder
    Walk only, leaving at 11am from 2801 N Gantenbein

Northwest:

    * NW 23rd and Quimby — In memory of Sara Cogan
    Gather at 11:10, ride at 11:25

Northeast:

    * NE MLK and Wygant — In memory of Chris Burris
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15
    * NE 9th and Killingsworth — In memory of a fallen cyclist
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15
    * NE Marine Drive and bike path (near 43rd) — in honor of Bob Verrinder
    Gather in the parking area for the adjacent boat launch at 10:30. Ride at 10:45 via Interstate Ave & the Broadway Bridge, passing the Ghost Bike for Brett at Greeley. Weather permitting.

Southeast:

    * SE Belmont and 41st — In memory of Angela Leazenby and Orion Shatushek
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:25

    * SE 37th and Taylor — In memory of Matthew Schekel
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15

    * SE 72nd and Woodstock — In honor of a worker injured when woman drove onto sidewalk
    Gather at 10:30, ride at 10:45

    * SE 42nd and Frances (***change: was at Gladstone) — In memory of a child killed while crossing the street
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:10

    NEW* SE Belmont and 34th In memory of Curtis Lee Webb
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15

    NEW* SE 26th and Stark — In memory of Nick Bucher
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15

    NEW* 600 SE 49th — In memory of Noah Cardamon
    Gather at 11, ride at 11:15

    *SE 11th and Stark — In memory of Daniel Hunt
    Ride leader needed

    *SE Foster and 115th — In memory of Jerry Hinatsu
    Ride leader needed

Outside Portland:

    McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie — In memory of Daniel Frank
    Meet at 10:25 at the Bike N’ Hike parking lot just South of Fred Meyer on the Northbound side of SE McLoughlin Blvd. (15080 S.E. McLoughlin, in Milwaukie) – Leave at 10:40

Another lawyer goes public with claim of cyclist bias at Police Bureau

Thursday, November 8th, 2007
Lawyer Bob Mionske

Portland-based lawyer Bob Mionske, a former Olympian who writes a monthly legal column for VeloNews Magazine, has added yet another voice of concern over what he sees as a bias against bicyclists at the Portland Police Bureau.

In his most recent VeloNews column, A fatal bias?, Mionske goes in-depth on four cases that he says are “textbook incidents of anti-cyclist bias.”

Three of the four cases are from Portland collisions that happened in the past month. (more…)

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