Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 17th, 2017 at 8:36 am
— howrad (@howrad) January 17, 2017
The punches keep coming from this heavyweight winter. While Portland seems to have avoided torrential flood risks, now forecasters warn of a freezing rain/ice storm. Combined with all the ice and snow already covering our roads, this could lead to treacherous riding this morning (Tuesday, 1/17).
After requests by a few readers, we’ve decided to crowdsource the road conditions for those of us who choose to venture out on foot or bike or other non-motorized conveyence.
If you do need to use the roads, probably best to do it before noon as conditions are expected to worsen later in the day.
We are doing this because non-motorized travel has been all but forgotten during this storm: Road agencies have focused almost exclusively on auto travel, many businesses and residences have still not bothered to shovel snow and ice from their properties; and most bikeways — even main ones like Williams Ave and the various paths that thousands rely on every day — are also still under a sheet of ice. People who rely on mobility devices have been hit especially hard.
Please use this post to share your experiences and knowledge about the conditions of key bikeways, paths and sidewalks.
Hang in there! And make good decisions.