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First look: ODOT’s new path around deadly Lombard intersection

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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It’s 450-feet long but it could be the difference between life and death.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The State of Oregon has completed construction of a new bike path on NE Lombard (Highway 30) at 42nd. The path is about one-tenth of a mile long and is separated from motor vehicle traffic by a guardrail.

It doesn’t have an official name, but I’ll always think of this as the Martin Greenough Memorial Bike Path.

This is the location where Greenough was hit and killed by a selfish and irresponsible automobile user on December 2015. Greenough was riding in a bike lane that disappeared suddenly as the road narrows to fit around a large concrete pillar that holds up the 42nd Avenue overpass. ODOT built this path so that future bicycle users don’t have to ride through that dangerous pinch-point.

I took a closer look at the path yesterday.

The path starts just east of the ramps that lead up to 42nd Avenue from Lombard. ODOT has added a “Bike Route” sign with an arrow just before the curb ramp that provides a way to roll from the on-street bike lane to the new path.

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Here’s the view where it starts looking west (against traffic).

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Given the dangerous pinch-point, I think ODOT should have done more to prevent someone on a bike from continuing on the road. This isn’t your typical, “interested but concerned” versus “strong and fearless,” some-people-will-opt-for-the-path-while-others-can-opt-for-the-street situation. Continuing to ride on the street at this location is extremely dangerous and now that the path is built, I feel like it’s an option that should not exist.

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One small green sign is easy to miss (especially at night and/or with scary vehicles speed by you at around 50 mph). Perhaps a large arrow on the pavement near the ramp? Or even a concrete curb/median with reflectors on it? Not only is the entry to the path under-designed in my opinion, they also left a large yellow “Bikes on Roadway” sign in place. I realize that’s useful for drivers in case someone is cycling on the road — but it also confuses bicycle users who might be unsure what they’re supposed to do.

I keep wondering about Martin. Would he have noticed this path? Is it obvious enough? He was new to town and the night he was killed was likely the first time he’d ever biked home from work.

The path itself is what you’d expect. About six feet wide and smooth pavement.

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I was disappointed to see that the path is already strewn with garbage, broken glass, dirt and gravel.

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Here are two views looking back (west) at the path from its terminus.

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From this aerial perspective (on the 42nd Avenue overpass bridge) you can see how ODOT ground down the old bike lane stripe to create a series of hash marks that begin where the new path starts…

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Aside from a few quibbles, this is a welcome improvement. Granted, this stretch of Lombard does not see a lot of bicycle use, but the previous conditions were deplorable and so clearly negligent that something had to be done. Next we’d really like to see ODOT do the same thing on the other side of the street. The westbound bike lane suffers from the same dangerous condition as this one did and will eventually lead to the same tragic consequence if it goes unaddressed.

And of course this section of Lombard will never realize its full potential as a local and regional connector until auto traffic is tamed through a redesign of the street and physically protected bike lanes are added for its entire length.

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

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28,000 Portlanders in the streets at Sunday Parkways season opener

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Laurelhurst Park

Laurelhurst Park was swamped with cycling sun-seekers Sunday.
(Photos: Kevin Koch)

Sunday was a glorious day by all accounts. The weather was sublime and the streets were full of everything we love about Portland. It couldn’t have been more perfect for the first Sunday Parkways event of the season.
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Columbia Sportswear and Kaiser Permanente team up on westside bike share pilot project

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Bikes awaiting users at the Quatama MAX station.
(Photo: Westside Transportation Alliance)

Employees of two Washington County corporations can now take advantage of free bicycles to make that “last-mile” into work a bit easier (and more fun) thanks to a bike share program that launched earlier this month.

The Westside Transportation Alliance has partnered with Kaiser Permanente’s Westside Medical Center and Columbia Sportswear’s Amberglen call-center on a pilot project of 30 bikes spread across three stations. The hub of the system is the light rail station at NW 205th and Quatama Road in Hillsboro. The system is open to anyone with a Kaiser or Columbia email address. The two companies have a combined workforce of about 1,300 people.

The bikes come with a basket, front and rear lights and a lock. The rental technology is based on software created by the Open Bike Inc., a social venture company founded by former Intel employees. You might recall our coverage of their first project on the Intel campus in 2013. The smartphone-based bike rental technology has since been used by the Go by Bike/OHSU system in South Waterfront and on Nike’s World Headquarters campus in Beaverton (Nike’s system has since been supplanted by Biketown).
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Job: Consumer Service Rep – Yakima Products

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Job Title *
Consumer Service Rep

Company/Organization *
Yakima Products

Job Description *
General Description:
This is an entry level position responsible for assisting consumers via phone and email with their requests for service and product information for the Yakima Products family of racks, including Yakima, Whispbar, and Prorack racks. The position supports Yakima Products end users by following through on their requests for technical product information, product / vehicle fit information, and warranty support and evaluation. Responsibilities include processing a high number of phone calls, emails and sales orders with the quality and positive attitude that our customers have come to expect in our over 35 years in the rack business. Further, this position will execute and support projects with teammates to deliver against initiatives in Yakima’s strategic and annual plans which will contribute to achieving and sustaining the Yakima Strategic Business Plan and Initiatives, global competitive advantage, and profitable market growth strategy.

Scope and Responsibilities:
Provides troubleshooting and analysis to resolve consumer problems in a timely, efficient, cost effective, professional manner, and within established guidelines
Processes sales orders, including follow-up and documentation, in an accurate and timely manner
Provides timely technical product support to consumers by phone and email
Increases sales through suggestive selling to consumers

Specific Duties:
Promptly and professionally answers a high volume of incoming calls
Applies knowledge of company policies, procedures, products and services to troubleshoot, analyze, and resolve consumers’ problems in a timely, efficient, professional manner, and within established guidelines
Accurately and timely processes sales orders
Answers consumer emails in a timely, accurate, and professional manner
Conducts records search, problem/complaint investigation, policy interpretation, and adjustment or correction, referring complex customer inquiries to the appropriate individuals
Recommends products and services appropriate to consumer needs
Provides technical product information to consumers
Refers non-routine or major problems to other individuals, departments or higher authorities as appropriate
Completes all assigned tasks in a timely and accurate manner
Conducts general office work and consumer account administration in an accurate and timely manner
Participates in clinics and staff meetings at the direction of the Department Manager
Provides backup coverage across customer service as required
Provides timely and accurate consumer feedback to appropriate sales and customer service staff
Carries out in an effective manner other duties, responsibilities, and projects as may be assigned

Qualifications:
AA degree from an accredited college, or equivalent experience preferred
One (1) year customer service experience in outdoor retail sales, and experience selling Yakima racks preferred
Intermediate level with PC’s: Microsoft Office Suite; Outlook
Ability to effectively develop work systems to manage workload, work independently and efficiently, have a keen ability to prioritize, and ability to identify and address needs in advance
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal/external customers and consumers
Professional level communicator ~ both oral and written correspondence
Data base experience preferred
Mechanical aptitude
Able to visualize and understand geometric and spatial relationships

Physical Requirements:
Able to sit and work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time
Able to perform activities such as stooping, kneeling, bending at the waist and reaching on a daily basis
Able to perform general office administrative duties: copying, filing, and using a telephone
Able to lift and carry objects up to 75 pounds occasionally
Corrected 20/30 vision
Must be able to safely operate a motor vehicle and sit for extended periods of time
Must be able to travel via commercial carrier
Overtime as required

How to Apply *
Via our website:
https://explore.yakima.com/careers

Job: Deputy Director – Planning and Development – Metro

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Job Title *
Deputy Director – Planning and Development

Company/Organization *
Metro

Job Description *
Deadline to apply: June 7, 2017 @ 5:00 PM, PDT
Salary: $122,629.00 – $177,823.00 Annually

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Planning and Development Department works with a wide range of public and private stakeholders to implement the region’s 2040 growth concept. Our work includes maintaining our region’s land use and transportation policy framework, investing in government, community, and local business efforts to help accomplish our shared goals, and establish partnerships with those who are affected by and can help influence the land use and transportation decisions that impact their quality of life in our region.

The Deputy Director of Planning and Development is a key leadership and management role in the department and in the agency. The Deputy Director works closely with the Planning and Development Director, department management team, Metro Council, and agency staff across multiple departments. The Deputy Director also represents Metro and the department with a diverse range of external partners in other public, private, and community based agencies. This position will direct and supervise staff in developing, managing, and implementing programs, projects, and policies across a wide spectrum of subject matter areas including transportation planning and policy, land use planning and policy, transportation project development, transit oriented development, brownfields, affordable housing, economic development and community engagement. This position also plays a leadership role in shaping the department’s legislative agenda and in developing long term funding strategies for transport ation and housing in partnership with Metro’s government affairs team.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, economics, geography, political science, public administration, public policy or a related field;
• Seven to ten years of specialized experience or operational management in urban planning, regional planning, land use planning, transportation planning or a related field; or
• Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the classification duties and responsibilities

How to Apply *
To apply: visit www.OregonMetro.gov/jobs for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center.

Application requirements
1) Electronic application 2) resume, 3) cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position and 4) answers to supplemental questions.

Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The Monday Roundup: Smog-eating bikes, ‘clueless’ Boston mayor, bus-only lanes and more

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Pioneer Century. Coming up on June 3rd, this is a classic Oregon ride that should be on everyone’s list. Register online today!

Here are the best stories we came across last week…
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Portland businesses reward riders through new ‘Biko’ smartphone app

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On Monday, Portlanders will be able to use a new mobile app that will make cycling even sweeter. Biko launched two years ago in Bogota, Colombia and has since spread to Medellin, Vancouver (Canada) and Mexico City. On Monday it will launch in the United States and Portland is one of the first five cities to get it (Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles are the others).
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Black man who was thrown off bike and arrested without cause sues City of Portland for $475,000

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Screenshot of story in The Oregonian.

The Oregonian reports that a northeast Portland man who was tackled off his bike, roughed-up and arrested in 2015 has filed a $475,000 lawsuit against the City of Portland.

An attorney for 23-year-old Anthony James Allen Jr. told The Oregonian her client was arrested without cause simply because he was black. Allen was cycling home from work when the police first made contact with him and began questioning him about an unrelated incident. Here’s more from Allen’s attorney as reported in The Oregonian:

“You need reasonable suspicion,” Albies said. “It can’t just be because ‘I feel like it.’ It can’t just be because ‘You’re black and I want you to do what I want you to do.’ … If that was me on my bike … there’s no way they would have done that. I’m a white woman.”

The lawsuit filed Wednesday (PDF) says that Allen was profiled due to his race. Police were in Allen’s neighborhood because of a shooting that had occurred. Here’s what happened when Allen rolled up on his bike (from the lawsuit):[Read more…]

Closure of River View Cemetery bike access looms as disrepectful riding continues

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Hopefully not a sign of things to come.
(Photo: David Cushman)

Bicycles will not be allowed to roll through River View Cemetery this coming Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th).

If that news bothers you, consider this: We’re lucky it’s open to us at all. And if we want it to remain open in the future, we better start riding with more respect.

The historic cemetery that sits on 350 acres of prime real estate overlooking the Willamette River just west of the Sellwood Bridge is a private nonprofit organization that was founded in 1882. Its Board of Trustees generously allows free bicycle access through the property because it provides a safe, direct, and pleasant connection between Sellwood and southwest Portland. The alternate routes on SW Boones Ferry and Taylors Ferry roads are out-of-the-way and very stressful on a bike due to their outdated and car-centric design.

However, despite this amazing gift bicycle riders have been given, far too many people abuse this privilege by riding in a way that fails to show the respect due to this venerable place and the people who visit and staff it.
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Jobs of the Week: Tuite, Bike Clark County, Crank, CryoPDX, Fat Tire Farm

Friday, May 19th, 2017

You know summer is right around the corner when we have this many fresh listings in one week. Now’s a great time to jump on a new opportunity in the local bike industry.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Professional Bicycle Mechanic – Tuite Bicycle Repair

–> Bicycle Mechanic Part time – Bike Clark County

–> Mechanic Sales Staff – Portland Bicycle Studio

–> Mechanic/Salesperson – Crank

–> Cryotherapy Recovery specialist – CryoPDX

–> Mechanic – Fat Tire Farm

–> Mountain Bike Sales – Fat Tire Farm
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