If your hair stands on end in frustration every time you hear studded tires being used, you’ll be happy to know ODOT has just launched a new effort to study their impact on our roads.
Jeff Bernards will not quit.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) A major grassroots effort aimed at getting a statewide ban on studded tires is down but not out. Jeff Bernards, the man behind the Preserving Oregon Roads campaign, posted a thank-you message on his website yesterday announcing the news: “… we were unable to raise the necessary … Read more
Bernards in his usual stance: “Wanna sign?”(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) With all the talk about why our roads are full of ruts and potholes, I thought it’d be a good time to check in on an effort to ban studded tires in Oregon. Since he embarked on his signature-gathering effort back in October, chief petitioner … Read more
(Photo: ODOT) Jeff Bernards, the chief petitioner behind an effort to preserve Oregon roads by banning studded tires, says the Oregon Supreme Court has finally issued him a Ballot Title. According to Bernards, that crucial step in the process to put the ban to voters in 2012 means he can print up official signature sheets. … Read more
Jeff Bernards Portlander Jeff Bernards, a well-known citizen activist who started the “Get Lit” free bike light program and who won a BTA Alice Award in 2006, has made major progress since we last checked in on his effort to ban studded tires in Oregon. Bernards is chief petitioner on a forthcoming ballot measure and … Read more
Just say no.(Graphic: BanStuddedTires.com) Today is November 1st, the first official day of studded tire season in Oregon. Back in March we shared why people who ride bikes should care that studded tires do $50-60 million in road damage each year and we also shared that one man was committed to putting a stop to … Read more
Jeff Bernards is getting tough on studded tires.(Photo © J. Maus) Remember Jeff Bernards? He’s the citizen activist I wrote about in early March who wants to push the state legislature to finally do something to curtail the use of studded tires. Since that story published, Bernards has been busy. After many years of writing … Read more
Studded tires cause $50-60 million in road damage across the state each year — like these ruts on N. Rosa Parks Way in Portland.(Photo © J. Maus) With a lack of funding for transportation projects such a major issue in this town, it’s not surprising that some activists are taking a serious look at studded … Read more