Two construction projects in the region have direct impacts to bike traffic. Learn more below…
Construction work on an ODOT project on Airport Way near the I-205 path is causing intermittent, short-term closures of the path between Marine Drive and Airport Way. The closures started last week (3/4) and will last through mid-June. Here’s more from ODOT Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison Jessica Horning: [Read more…]
Vandalized gate where someone has illegally trespassed onto River View Cemetery grounds. (Photo: River View Cemetery)
Once again, bike access through River View Cemetery could be in jeopardy. The cemetery’s Executive Director David Noble says he suspects that someone has cut through a gate and is riding on the private property after the 11:00 pm closing time.
The cemetery is on private land which is governed by a Board of Trustees. Its owners are aware of its importance as a bike route, and they tolerate public bicycle access despite years of safety concerns (which we first brought to light in 2006). The route itself provides a very popular connection from Highway 43 near the Sellwood Bridge to many destinations in southwest Portland (map).
It took less than a month for the community to raise $5,000 to fully sign and stripe a new bike route through River View Cemetery.
The route through the privately-owned cemetery is a popular shortcut through Portland’s southwest hills. Public access is allowed, but that access has been threatened by inconsiderate riding and safety concerns by the land owners.[Read more…]
Tomorrow, (Tuesday, 4/27), a road in the lower portion of River View Cemetery will be close all day to all traffic due to a construction project at the mausoleum. Cemetery GM David Noble says bike traffic will not be able to get through:
“A large crane with its outriggers will be completely blocking the road, as well as the shoulders so there is no way for anyone to even walk their bicycle through to slip by (not that we want them to anyway, since it is a very dangerous construction zone).”
View the map below and consider helping River View raise the $5,000 to add signs and pavement markings to the route (details on how to donate here). (On a related note, the folks at River View Cemetery recently counted bike trips and found that over 700 people ride through the property each day.) [Read more…]
Biking through the cemetery. (Photo: mumblion/Flickr)
A fundraising campaign has begun to pay for signage of a popular bike route through River View Cemetery.
People on bikes prefer the route through River View because it’s a safe and pleasant alternative from the high-speed auto traffic on Taylor’s Ferry and other major roads nearby.
Cemetery staff have voiced concerns about unsafe bike traffic through their private property for nearly four years. Back in April 2006, they threatened to prohibit bike access if more wasn’t done to curtail inconsiderate and dangerous riding.
An issue that has been simmering since April 2006 has finally reached some resolution. The River View Cemetery Association Board of Trustees has met several times in the last few weeks to address the issue of bicycle traffic going through their property. The issue reached a boiling point in September when the cemetery installed a series of speed bumps that many felt were draconian and unduly severe (they caused several injuries).
After forming a committee to look into the issue further and inviting a representative from the BTA from PBOT out to look at the roads, the non-profit’s Executive Director David Noble has announced, “for the time being, no restriction on bicycling has been enacted.”[Read more…]
“We are formulating a strong core of people who are in leadership positions in the bicycle community… to discuss how our concerns can be mitigated without simply closing the cemetery to bicycle traffic.” — David Noble, Executive Director of River View Cemetery
Katelyn Hale learned about the new speed bumps the hard way. (Photo courtesy K. Hale)
David Noble, executive director of the non-profit Riverview Cemetery, didn’t want to do it, but he felt he had no other choice.
About one week ago, Noble instructed his groundskeepers to install three sets of speed bumps on the property. The reason? He says people on bicycles have been riding too fast and without consideration for cemetery visitors. The bumps were a last-ditch effort to prevent a serious collision and to ingrain into people on bikes that they need to slow down.
But for many people who ride through the cemetery (it’s private land, but the roads are open to bicycle traffic to avoid the nasty conditions on adjacent Taylor’s Ferry Road), the new bumps are more than just a speed deterrent, they’re downright dangerous.[Read more…]
“Had she not had that cell phone she’d still be down there…” –Fireman in a video by the Oregonian (watch below)
KOIN and the Oregonian are reporting a story about a woman who was coming home from Lewis and Clark College tonight when she fell down a steep bank while riding through the bike path in Riverview Cemetery (a popular shortcut to the Sellwood Bridge).
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