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  1. Comment by q June 22, 2018 @ 9:20 am | Link

    I disagree. I don't fault anyone for not liking the look of countless wands. There are solutions that are a lot safer and more permanent than plastic pipes, and also that would look better, and even improve the street's appearance. I hope that someday people will be ashamed that anyone ever thought plastic pipes were an appropriate way to protect people.

    And if people are using the white wands' appearance as a false arguing point, when what they really don't like is space being used for bikes instead of cars, then doing something better than wands shuts them up, or at least forces them to admit what they really don't like.

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  2. Comment by Blake June 22, 2018 @ 8:50 am | Link

    "nearby residents told PBOT they were worried rows of white, plastic wands would make Rosa Parks feel less like a neighborhood and more like a highway"

    That's not the fault of the white wands, it's the fault of a road that is wide enough to be a highway that people drive on like it IS a highway. Why do we even bother to listen to people's input when it is so ridiculous? When new safety projects are introduced, it should be a default that it is done unless it can be demonstrated that it doesn't address the intended problem. No more of this whining NIMBY "it will change the feel of my neighborhood" nonsense.

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  3. Comment by paikiala June 22, 2018 @ 8:39 am | Link

    S,
    The cameras run $35k+ per enforcement direction just to install, and cost v. effectiveness is always a public-sector factor in decision making. The speed cameras are best suited for high volume locations, probably roads above 15,000 vehicles per day. Marine Drive serves about 13,000 where new cameras were recently activated.
    I would not wish for a Singapore style police state, and expanding the reach of police powers is a step in that direction. What was it B. Franklin said about giving up freedom for security and achieving neither?

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  4. Comment by Dan A June 22, 2018 @ 8:32 am | Link

    March 26, 2018, "Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber"

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Exclusive-Tempe-police-chief-says-early-probe-12765481.php

    “The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them,” said Sylvia Moir, police chief in Tempe, Ariz.

    From viewing the videos, “it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway,” Moir said.

    “I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident, either,” Moir said.

    Today

    Police released a 318-page report indicating that Herzberg would have been seen 143 down the road by 85 percent of motorists, and that the crash was "entirely avoidable" had the backup driver been looking down the road instead of watching The Voice on her phone.

    It's interesting how different a traffic investigation plays out when the world is watching. 318 pages!

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  5. Comment by 9watts June 22, 2018 @ 8:12 am | Link

    Hear, hear.

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  6. Comment by MTW June 22, 2018 @ 7:53 am | Link

    Similarly, I don't think the sensors at Tillamook and MLK (heading eastbound) have been working since that intersection was repaved. That's been several months now. The blue light doesn't illuminate anymore and other cyclists seem to have noticed too because somebody will usually head over and hit the pedestrian button.

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  7. Comment by twowheeler June 22, 2018 @ 7:49 am | Link

    This is such a disingenuous comparison.

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  8. Comment by twowheeler June 22, 2018 @ 7:43 am | Link

    Not exactly fun to pull a bike trailer, especially if it's been raining.

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  9. Comment by Rivelo June 22, 2018 @ 7:01 am | Link

    I don't know if it qualifies as "push-back," but there was a lot of grumbling on Nextdoor regarding the changes. Of course, there is always a lot of grumbling on Nextdoor, so who knows?

    https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=83487013&comment=180809736

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  10. Comment by twowheeler June 22, 2018 @ 6:32 am | Link

    Terry isn't wrong. I didn't read anywhere where he said ALL gravel roads can't be walked or biked on. But some of the "roads" in this area of Portland are difficult to pass on a bike, with a stroller, etc., especially when they're wet and have giant puddles (some of them mini lakes). These roads should also be reasonable passable in the dark; some of them aren't unless you have a crazy amount of light. It's 2018 and Portland is a major city. It shouldn't have roads looking worse than many 3rd world countries.

    I get the argument that some people like them because they reduce traffic on their street, but they also make the grid incredibly incomplete in much of this area. Try taking a side roads route parallel to Woodstock between 52nd and 39th. There is no fully paved route this way.
    I'm fine with many of these roads remaining gravel, but the city needs to own up and maintain them. Get a grader out there a few times a year and do their jobs for the citizens in these under served neighborhoods who pay more than their appropriate proportion of property taxes.

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  11. Comment by Portland's Electric Bicycle Store June 22, 2018 @ 5:10 am | Link

    This project is an accident waiting to happen.

    When people park illegally against the curb (in the bike lane), others come and park legally - which blocks the illegally parked folks from being able to leave. This leads the illegally parked folks to become angry and volatile.

    Parking in the bike lanes. Folks are confused. The confusion causes drivers to act unpredictably. It is a matter of time - in my opinion a short amount of time - until someone is injured or killed due to the confusion.

    What can be done now?

    1. Paint the curbs red! It will clearly indicate to drivers that parking is not allowed and it will enable the city to being ticketing folks who park in the bike lanes.

    2. Put temporary hay bales in the buffer zone between the parking or driving areas and the bike lanes so folks know that the bike lanes are for bikes.

    The difficulty of how the Rosa Parks bike lane project is being rolled out is that it further demonstrates that cyclists do not have physical or legal space on Portland's roads.

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  12. Comment by q June 21, 2018 @ 10:17 pm | Link

    PBOT seems erratic in its follow-through. In my own neighborhood, PBOT sent out flyers a week ago announcing the start of a total street repaving for a full block. A day later, it had made several hundred feet of sawcuts in preparation of pavement removal for the full block. A couple days later, after repaving only a few feet--maybe 20% of the project, the crew said they were done and left. The project manager confirmed to me the project has been abandoned, with no explanation. So PBOT torpedoed a project in mid-stream without notice to anyone.

    As with the Rosa Parks project, the scheduling and decision making seems bizarre.

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  13. Comment by David Smart June 21, 2018 @ 10:07 pm | Link

    The idea that consent is required for photos is idiotic. Someone can be naked and that's their right, and it's their right to ride on a secret route that I can't avoid because they won't tell me what roads to avoid, but it's somehow my fault if they fall into the line of my camera?

    I'm all for freedom of speech, but not freedom from repercussions. Actions have consequences. Things that happen in in public social spaces may end up on public social media.

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  14. Comment by soren impey June 21, 2018 @ 10:06 pm | Link

    "For those of us who got rid of our cars and rely on Car2Go"

    I was trying very, very hard not to post on this thread but this comment drew me in.

    Proponents of active transportation tend to agree that we should discourage car use by people who use their cars fairly often (e.g. most people). Why then should we encourage (and subsidize) car use by people who use cars somewhat less often (e.g. many "car free" people)? It's not as if the tragic negative externalities of driving a 5.5 ton gas-guzzling SUV are substantially negated simply because the driver of the vehicle has "car free" status.

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  15. Comment by soren impey June 21, 2018 @ 9:55 pm | Link

    such an optimist...

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  16. Comment by core:aggregator:bad-response June 21, 2018 @ 9:22 pm | Link

    There may be an issue with the Event Aggregator server. Please try your import again later.

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  17. Comment by Richard Roy June 21, 2018 @ 9:07 pm | Link

    No constructed single track, just gravel, natural surfaces, old jeep trails, cow trails, some slick rock even.

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  18. Comment by Richard Roy June 21, 2018 @ 9:04 pm | Link

    A few days after last year's event we had numerous lightning-caused fires, and this year? Yep, several fires started yesterday after a big storm blew through with LOTS of lightning. We lose resources AND communications (dispatch center) once we start the fire season regardless of the size of the fires.

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  19. Comment by Jim Lee June 21, 2018 @ 8:35 pm | Link

    David Hampsten
    Ah, but can it navigate the hazards of neighborhood politics? Can it overcome 150 years of city policies? Can it, in other words, deliver the goods?Recommended 0

    Perhaps it can. Several years ago I was standing by my track/cross hybrid at City Hall when Catharine Ciarlo accused me of being a "trouble-maker," a crime to which I am obliged to plead, "guilty!"

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  20. Comment by David Hampsten June 21, 2018 @ 8:30 pm | Link

    Sidewalks are typically 5 or 6 feet wide. If there is already a curb & sewer:
    $10 per linear foot if you do it yourself;
    $25 per linear foot if you hire a contractor or the City of Gresham does it;
    $50 per linear foot if PBOT does it;
    $100 per linear foot if ODOT does it or contracts it out to PBOT (as on outer Sandy).

    If there isn't a curb and sewer, the cost is multiplied by about 5 times, as runoff liability is an issue. If there is a sewer but no curb, runoff can be handled using bioswales (except in SW Portland where soils are not permeable) and the cost merely doubles (check out Yamhill in Gresham: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5154921,-122.4641824,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2Pows7SisGA0RtO8dU5big!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 )

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  21. Comment by Matt Meskill June 21, 2018 @ 8:26 pm | Link

    Is it me or is this just one huge embarrassing cluster?

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  22. Comment by David Hampsten June 21, 2018 @ 8:16 pm | Link

    Have a little patience. This is a new experience for PBOT, saving money by doing new lines just after repaving a street, rather than waiting several years afterwards at great cost. Some of the delay is probably caused by hot weather - the plastic stuff doesn't stick as well when temperatures rise above 80 degrees.

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  23. Comment by David Hampsten June 21, 2018 @ 8:13 pm | Link

    The downside of too-wide bike lanes: drivers mistake them for parking lanes and the buffers for bike lanes, as you say.

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  24. Comment by resopmok June 21, 2018 @ 7:05 pm | Link

    Parking enforcement does use an automated system, but it is actually relatively effective in prompting parking enforcement to come, at least in my (NE) neighborhood. Unfortunately, you can only request enforcement on the line during "normal business hours," which are unfortunately short (7a-5p on weekdays, 9:30-? weekends) and which have become shorter in recent months. Regardless, I would encourage people to use it when it is available to report parking in bike lanes.

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  25. Comment by encephalopath June 21, 2018 @ 6:22 pm | Link

    Something needs to be done quickly in the westbound block before I-5 to keep drivers out of the bike lane. Plastic delineators, new mystery solution or whatever. Afternoon auto traffic squeezing or taking over the bike lane at the freeway makes for a very uncomfortable ride.

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