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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Thinking of carousel parking ideas

Written June 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

At City Hall they’ve been thinking about what to do if an acute parking shortage hits downtown once the Albany Carousel opens. And no, the alternatives so far don’t include asking visitors to come by bike, as much sense as that (in theory) would make.


A tribute: Why we have bike lanes

Written May 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany has a pretty good network of bike lanes and trails, and a 1971 law known as the Oregon Bike Bill is the main reason why. So here’s my periodic tribute to the legacy of the late Donald L. Stathos, the Republican legislator from Jackson County who authored that bill.


Riverside bike link getting closer

Written April 5th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

This may be the year that Linn County follows through on its plan to widen the shoulders of Riverside Drive, making it a better route for bicyclists connecting with the new path alongside Highway 34 on the way to Corvallis.


Finding a bikeway route that works

Written March 15th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

A planning committee in Benton County has been looking for the best feasible route for a potential bikeway between Albany and Corvallis. A couple of weeks ago it picked three alternatives for closer attention. But two of the three look impractical, at least to me.


Luckiamute park: News on the trail

Written February 5th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

A year after it was closed for safety reasons, the last short segment of the road to the trailhead in the North Luckiamute State Natural Area remains closed to cars. And that’s he way it will stay, I learned when I left an email inquiry on the park’s website.


Expect action on Albany bikeway

Written January 22nd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

In September 2014 the Albany City Council said it would help pay for the Albany leg of the proposed Albany-Corvallis Bikeway. Now the council is being asked to authorize a formal agreement with Benton County to that effect.


We road users have a sweet deal

Written January 8th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

If Oregon legislators propose an increase in the gas tax this year, as part of a package to keep up with the need for highway maintenance and construction, they won’t get any complaints from me. An accounting from OReGO showed me that I’m getting a really good deal, in my opinion, for using our roads.


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.


 
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