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  1. Comment by Mike Quigley December 13, 2018 @ 11:32 am | Link

    TriMet's right. No way could a trike make the turn from the on ramp into the ADA section, then turn around, and go back out. Wheelchairs have a hard time.

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  2. Comment by CaptainKarma December 13, 2018 @ 11:28 am | Link

    This treatment seems to fit with the zeitgeist of the times, doesn't it. The next time I vote for more money or bond issues for TriMet will be when this issue and bicycle crossing safety issues are committed to heartily and sincerely.

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  3. Comment by Mike Ingrassia December 13, 2018 @ 11:27 am | Link

    What can we do to help her case? Isn't making bike share accessible to users with adaptive needs like Serenity a priority for City Hall? Spending money (keep it up) on bikwtown style bikes for them already? I think City Hall force their hand. Who do I write my letter to about this to? I don't believe the TriMet board will give my opinion any consideration with a reply like that!

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  4. Comment by Lovescooters December 13, 2018 @ 11:23 am | Link

    Love the e-scooters, used them often, want them back, and really tired of hearing cyclists and drivers complain about them constantly.

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  5. Comment by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) December 13, 2018 @ 11:18 am | Link

    Was a pretty awkward silence IMO.

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  6. Comment by 9watts December 13, 2018 @ 11:08 am | Link

    That sounds like a great idea. I think you should try a Kickstarter campaign.....

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  7. Comment by 9watts December 13, 2018 @ 11:07 am | Link

    Hahahahaha.
    A smart phone ap to adjust your derailleur?!
    What happened to a Philips screwdriver?

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  8. Comment by 9watts December 13, 2018 @ 11:04 am | Link

    Maybe crowdfunding is just a particularly effective way of revealing the gullibility of many of our fellow Homo sapiens?

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  9. Comment by 9watts December 13, 2018 @ 11:02 am | Link

    Don't we already have dozens of locks that should not be mistaken for U-locks? I don't really see the need for increasing the diversity of not very good locks.
    Last I knew we were encouraging our friends to settle for nothing short of a name brand U-lock, and to learn how to use it properly (I.e. not run it only through the front wheel or other similar foolish moves).

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  10. Comment by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) December 13, 2018 @ 11:01 am | Link

    Heard back from TriMet and posted this to the story:

    In an email today, TriMet public information officer Tim Becker said that while Ms. Ebert did file a "Reasonable Modification Request," it was denied because, "The requested modification would not be necessary to allow her to fully use or participate in TriMet services, programs, or activities." Becker said they made that decision based on Ebert's ability to use a walker. "While Ms. Ebert cannot bring the tricycle on board," Becker wrote, "she is able to access the transit system using her primary mobility device, which is her walker." TriMet also says they have no plans to classify trikes as mobility devices, but they will address Reasonable Modification requests on a case-by-case basis.

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  11. Comment by bikeninja December 13, 2018 @ 10:58 am | Link

    This is one of the thorny issues that would be solved on Max by having an old fashioned conductor on board. I realize that not having one seems to be a huge cost savings that can make the system more affordable for everyone. The problem with the current system is that the only official person on most trains is the driver, who has their hands full trying to avoid hitting crazy motorists or people darting across the tracks at stations. They are in no position to make nuanced decision regarding a riders disability status, nor to easily enforce them. I ride the max every day and see so many situations that would be avoided and defused with a permanent person in the passenger compartment of each train who could enforce the rules, make sure fares are paid, and keep off troublemakers. The random security and max police that are used for this purpose are spread to thin to accomplish much, and only arrive on the scene when tensions are heightened. I am in favor of disabled folks bringing on trikes but like many things there must be the ability to use discretion and control to avoid problems.

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  12. Comment by 9watts December 13, 2018 @ 10:56 am | Link

    "The OTTOLOCK was designed to be a bicycle accessory that you can take on any ride."

    I bought a cafe lock for I think 13€. Maybe we should reconsider our cultural antipathy(?) to these.

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  13. Comment by 9watts December 13, 2018 @ 10:49 am | Link

    Never felt motivated to use anything else in thirty two years.
    And with an unattractive (now) thirty three year old bike I've so far fared well.

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  14. Comment by Bjorn December 13, 2018 @ 10:49 am | Link

    I have to admit that while I think such a large object is going to be difficult to fit in the space by the door of the max without making it difficult for others to get on and off they do seem to allow strollers of an almost unlimited size so perhaps allowing these as well would be a more consistent policy. I see no way to accommodate trikes on the bus though.

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  15. Comment by Dan A December 13, 2018 @ 10:43 am | Link

    Any many, many features that make them more dangerous to those outside of the vehicle.

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  16. Comment by JP December 13, 2018 @ 10:36 am | Link

    I was unaware of this policy and of the existence of Civil Unrest Bicycle Club. I'm glad to see these advocates speaking out against a policy that appears to be badly in need of change.

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  17. Comment by John Lascurettes December 13, 2018 @ 10:33 am | Link

    "After their testimony, no one from TriMet spoke or asked questions."

    Ouch.

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  18. Comment by Greff December 13, 2018 @ 10:22 am | Link

    Don't really understand why this is an issue. Just call it a mobility device and park it in the ADA section on the MAX.

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  19. Comment by Pete December 13, 2018 @ 10:17 am | Link

    I think part - but not all - of that problem stems from the 'individuality' endemic in our culture. In other nations, the owner of a car used to kill someone is culpable, but here you have to prove the "killer" was the person driving the car at the time of death.

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  20. Comment by jake December 13, 2018 @ 10:15 am | Link

    I'd really like to see TriMet improve this policy.

    It seems like someone on a trike should be able to utilize the space on MAX reserved for seniors/people with disabilities. I'm not sure of the actual dimensions of the space, but this seems like common sense–being able to at least use MAX to get most of the way to a destination followed by a trike ride is probably doable, but having to go across town on a trike is a big ask for many people.

    Hope TriMet changes the policy. Keep fighting the good fight Serenity and Christine!

    In response to Disability rights activists to TriMet: Let us take trikes on MAX Array


  21. Comment by Bennett December 13, 2018 @ 10:09 am | Link

    The problem with the name "Portland Wheelmen" isn't that it sounds exclusive of women, it's that it sounds super boring and vague.

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  22. Comment by paikiala December 13, 2018 @ 9:47 am | Link

    How many said the same thing about the horseless carriage?
    Personal computers?

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  23. Comment by Steve Scarich December 13, 2018 @ 9:45 am | Link

    Yes, that is actually the That's the real issue here. If they were asked if they truly believed this lock was any good against a pro thief, 99% (if they were honest) would probably say uh No. Witness the comments on this thread where people 'blame' the lock for their friends' bikes being stolen.

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  24. Comment by paikiala December 13, 2018 @ 9:43 am | Link

    Because, you know, mistakes never happen and seeing the error of your ways should never be complemented.

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  25. Comment by rainbike December 13, 2018 @ 9:39 am | Link

    "It’s just an unfortunate PR hassle.”
    Really?

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