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Sign wavers: Will machines take over?

Written June 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

With too much time on my hands, I scanned the revised Albany sign code that city officials and their consultants have been laboring for months to produce. Hard as I looked, I could find no mention of the latest in business promotions: robot sign wavers like the one above.

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Ahead of him, a really long ride

Written June 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There are easier ways to reach the East Coast, and quicker ones. Brann Smith, however, aims to get there the hard way — on his bike.


On Second, will radar slow drivers down?

Written April 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Drivers on Albany’s Second Avenue will soon be seeing something new to catch their attention. The city council Monday called for the installation of a radar speed display sign on Second at Thurston Street, a block before vehicles go over the hump of the railroad track.


Roundabout rule: Use your blinker

Written April 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Readers have been asking, every few weeks it seems, for a public reminder on how to exit a roundabout, specifically the one on North Albany Road. That’s because as the video shows, most of us are doing it wrong.


Biking: No news is good news

Written March 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you’re waiting for something to happen in this short video, you are waiting in vain. Nothing happens. Which is the way we cyclists like it.


Puzzled by what new meter says

Written March 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Pacific Power left a door hanger inviting me to “meet your new smart meter… Go ahead: Take a look.” So I did. And now I wish that along with the door hanger, the installer had left instructions on what the readouts on the meter mean.


On the highway Sunday afternoon

Written March 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what I was talking about a few days ago, when I was singing the blues about trucks on the interstate passing each other and taking their sweet time about getting back in the right lane.


Why the ‘blessing box’ is gone

Written March 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It began as a private project to help people in need. But it became a nuisance and even a threat to the woman who started it. So now her “blessing box” is gone.


This bumpy ride has a point

Written February 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Unless you live there, you probably avoid Albany’s Fifth Avenue east of Lyon Street because of of its rough pavement. Camera in hand, I took a ride there Friday to illustrate just how bumpy the surface is.


If a tidal wave comes …

Written February 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There are signs at all the marked entrances to Oregon beaches telling us what to do when a tsunami is expected. But how do people on the beach get warned when a tidal wave may strike but is still some ways away?


 
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