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Calling all Cornell Road Users

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Hello west side hill riders out there. I have ridden many different routes up and down the west hills over the past 7 or so years and I have come to the conclusion that there are 2 main routes for transportation purposes that should be given priority: a Path parallel to US 26 connecting the zoo to downtown and NW Cornell Road between NW Portland and Cedar Hills. This northern route is direct enough that many bicyclists find themselves riding on it. With more electric bicycles coming into use this route will become even more popular in the coming months and years. However, the complete lack of cycling infrastructure is a turn-off to many riders, especially in the uphill direction. I have been riding Cornell 20-50 times per year for many years and I am convinced that we need some collective effort to get this route improved.

I have created a google form to collect contact information for interested folks who want to be involved in this advocacy effort. This route is designated as a Major City Bikeway in the Bicycle Master Plan. In my opinion, this is my first step in a potentially long process to improve this critical route.


Should we open suburban bike lanes to other vehicles?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The suburbs: what to do? We have mostly disconnected streets and the ones that connect are wide and fast. This makes for less than ideal biking conditions. We have put bike lanes on these roads, but they are empty a lot of the time. Eventually, as transportation dollars become even tighter there will be push-back for spending this money.

Any time government builds something that doesn’t get utilized it appears as though we’re wasting our money. What can we do about this?

Slow-narrow vehicles are perfect candidates to use bicycle lanes. Currently many of these vehicles are not allowed in bike lanes. Mopeds can’t use bike lanes if they’re operating their motor, motorcycles definitely aren’t allowed in bike lanes. The relevant statue is here: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/811.440 (2015 ORS 811.440 – When motor vehicles may operate on bicycle lane)

I think that on suburban arterials with speed limits often between 35-55 mph, slower vehicles are basically unable to operate on these streets without being allowed into a ‘slow lane’. Whether we continue to call the bike lanes or not to me is not important. What we should want is build up a coalition of users strong enough to lobby for more lane-miles, better connectivity and better maintenance of bike lanes on suburban arterials.

What do you think? Should we allow other vehicles into bike lanes on suburban arterials? Will this help get more bike infrastructure or maintain what we currently have, or would this simply create more conflicts between bicyclists and other users?

Electric bikes are already multiplying and are currently allowed in these lanes. We should think about this sooner rather than later.

I recovered my bike from an eBay listing!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

You may have seen this article I posted at the end of last month.

I went through the process of the insurance paperwork (now needs to be undone)

As I was just wrapping that up, my ebay query showed a hit and I found a link to my bike. The picture was blurry and a google image search happened to show me that the image came from a video reviewing the bike. It didn’t look exactly like mine so I decided to trust the seller and I was prepared to buy the bike if it wasn’t mine because it would have been close enough to be a replacement. I chatted with a cop beforehand and then I decided I would go in as a buyer and test-ride the bike. My brother came with me to stake out the bike. When we met up with the seller, it was immediately clear that it was my bike, it even had the fenders, rack and trailer hitch still there.

The next step was to pretend to go get cash from an ATM and we called the cops to go get the bike. Luckily, I had a key to the battery so that would prove the bike was mine. A serial number is what I should have brought with me.

Things to remember:
a) lock your bike up, always (double-check)
b) register all your bikes on https://bikeindex.org/ with serial number there! (Now)
c) if you want to find your bike these tips might help, they helped me http://www.bicycling.com/culture/advocacy/five-things-do-get-your-stolen-bike-back

Stolen Electra Townie electric bike – Please be on lookout

Monday, October 31st, 2016

I wasn’t thinking this is what I would use my subscription for… but I want my bike back.

Its a Black Electra Townie with a electric motor and battery. It has a unique frame and ideally the battery and motor still installed.

The bike was stolen from the Grand Park Village complex- 3262 NE Broadway St Thursday night between 7 and 9pm. At the time I had about 5 things on my mind and although I took my lights off, I didn’t actually lock the bike.

Problems riding on NW Lovejoy between 23rd-25th

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

I’ve had 3 instances in the past month of drivers on NW Lovejoy between 23rd and 25th passing me (on bike) with a line of cars in front of me waiting on a light or stop sign. What gives? Is it the yellow dashes in the road where there should be a double-yellow line? Maybe there shouldn’t be a line at all.

In other parts of town, I’ve noticed that cars don’t often pass a bike that is moving at 20 MPH, however in NW Portland, cars seem to want to pass me no matter what speed I am travelling. Maybe this is part of the reason why biking in NW is much less popular than we would expect.

Why am I riding here? well the NW Marshall bike route ends at NW 22nd so anyone wanting to continue towards the west hills on Cornell Road would need to end up on Lovejoy eventually.

PBOT: Rotate the stop sign on Monroe and Rodney

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

During the construction of the NE Rodney Bikeway, which has been talked about way to much for a simple project, PBOT made one bad compromise. There is a stop sign at NE Rodney and Monroe streets that was briefly (for 2 weeks) turned to face east and west allowing traffic on the greenway to flow north and south without stopping. Everything worked smoothly, and 2 of the corner neighbors want the stop sign to be put back in this configuration, however we reverted back to the original configuration of north/south stop signs.

This causes 2 problems:
a) a degredation of the NE Rodney bikeway below the standards recommended by the NACTO guide for bicycle boulevards http://nacto.org/publication/urban-bikeway-design-guide/bicycle-boulevards/minor-street-crossing/
This guide says that there should be 1/2 mile between stop signs on the greenway ideally.

b) traffic on NE Monroe street (a local street) is allowed to go 1000′ (.2 miles) with no traffic calming at NE Rodney from NE MLK,Jr Blvd to Williams Ave. This has the effect of cars going quite quickly by the time they are the middle of the stretch.

PBOT- please obey your own design guides and turn the stop sign at NE Rodney and Monroe street