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Is it icy where you are? Open thread for road conditions

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The approach to the Broadway Bridge from N Interstate. Brr.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Hi everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season.

Once again, the start of winter came with a flurry in Portland. While some people rejoiced at the festive mood made possible by a Christmas Eve snowfall, others probably saw it as just a hassle that made getting around town nearly impossible.

After last year’s drubbing from multiple snow and ice storms, the City of Portland vowed to be better prepared. They came out with a new Snow and Ice Plan and promised to be more attentive to street conditions. We’ve also noticed that the Office of Neighborhood Involvement wants to hear your stories, “on how lingering snow and ice impact the accessibility, livability, and safety of Winter Portland.”

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We haven’t gotten too many reports of bad bikeway conditions thus far, but my assumption is that the off-street paths and neighborhood bikeways are hit-or-miss. BP reader @msfour shared this image of the Broadway Bridge yesterday on Twitter…

And @ClareB_pdx caught a Multnomah County crew member plowing the Hawthorne Bridge path on Tuesday…

Thankfully it looks like warmer temps are on the way and we should be riding like normal again soon. But it’s only a matter of time before the next cold spell comes.

Have you been riding in the past week? If so, what conditions did you encounter?

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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