If all goes according to plan there will be at least one oasis for bicycle riders on what is now a pretty miserable stretch of Highway 30 known among many who ride it as “Dirty 30.”
The bike lanes on Highway 30 north of downtown Portland are infamous. They are strewn with shards of every type of material imaginable, they are often taken over by large trucks accessing the many large driveways, and they are adjacent to fast-moving traffic. Flats are a common occurence and there aren’t many destinations where you’d feel like stopping to take a break.
That’s why we’re happy to report that the owner of the Union Market and Deli at 5515 NW St. Helens Road (between Kittridge and Saltzman – map) wants to install a public bike repair station. Martha Cole has lauched a campaign on GoFundMe.com to raise $1,550.
Here’s more from the project description:
“Traveling on Hwy 30 through the NW Industrial Area and Linnton can be terrible on your bike and so many Portlanders make this commute 5 days a week. In addition to the recreational riding is very popular in this area as well.
As a member of this community and a Portlander, I believe a bicycle repair station would be a wonderful gift to present our bicycling enthusiasts. The Union Market and Deli has agreed to allow a self-service repair stand to be placed on their property, which will provide cyclists a safe secure location off the road to complete repairs.
Everything is in place to make this happen, but we lack the funding to go forward. The price of a deluxe (meaning with a pump, tools and tire rack) is $1495.00. This is where you come in…we need your help in raising the money to purchase and install the repair station. Anything will help. Even if you cannot donate to our fund, please at least spread the word. It may not seem like much, but even the smallest contribution to something can help make the world a better place.”
Getting this repair stand funded and installed would be a nice little victory in a part of town we don’t often have nice things to report on. Check out the funding campaign, share it with your friends, and let’s see if we can make this happen.