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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Tax on gun sales helps keep it open

Written December 24th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The afternoon of Christmas Eve found me and my bike at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area. Even though I didn’t see any wildlife other than birds, having this 1,788-acre tract within easy reach is one of the benefits of living in the Albany area.

Posted in: Bicycling, Uncategorized

Autumn visit: Return to E.E. Wilson

Written October 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If you’re looking for a little solitude close to home, the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area northwest of Albany is the place to go. And if you take your bike instead of driving, you don’t have to worry about the $10 parking permit the state wants you to buy before leaving your car at any of the areas […]


Wider shoulders: Maybe next year

Written September 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Another bike-related update: We’ll have to wait at least another year before Benton County restores the wide shoulders that disappeared from a section of Independence Highway last year. And yes, it does matter to everybody on the road.


Let’s hear it for bike racks

Written August 19th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

While the weather is nice, getting around town on a bicycle is easy and fun. And all the places where people on bikes usually go might want to consider whether there’s a handy place for riders to park their wheels.


Along a bikeway: Whimsy or what?

Written August 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Riding west on the new bikeway alongside Highway 34 the other day, I saw this little plastic doll resting against the base of a Pacific Power pole and didn’t think anything of it. Then I came to the power pole next in line.


Riverside bike route: Not so fast

Written August 2nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

ODOT completed a million-dollar separated bike path along Highway 34 last fall. It’s supposed to be part of a safer bike route between Albany and Corvallis. Linn County had hoped to start this year on its part of the deal — wider shoulders along part of six-mile-long Riverside Drive — but there’s been a delay.


A little smoke on my ride …

Written July 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On my ride Saturday, I could smell smoke from a long way off, which seemed a little ominous in the middle of summer when open burning is not allowed. Then I got closer and realized the fire, in a pile of grass straw, had been put out but was smoldering still.


Benton roads: What’s coming up

Written June 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Road maintenance may not be the sexiest subject. Still, the handful of citizens who showed up for Thursday night’s “community event and open house” on Benton County transportation came away with useful things to know.


Enjoying summer’s first day

Written June 20th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

There are lots of ways to observe the first day of summer, I guess. But I figure one of the best is to make use of the county roads in Oregon’s mid-valley for a leisurely ride on my bike. So that’s what I did on Monday morning.


A potential hazard, so watch out

Written June 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The  installation of new lights on Albany’s riverside Dave Clark Trail has been completed, and I’m looking forward to a nighttime ride in brilliant illumination. But first, I was puzzled by this instruction on two of the newly poured slabs surrounding pedestals for the new lights.

Posted in: Bicycling, Commentary, News

 
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