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Bike bridge — an idea too far out?

Written March 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It’s wishful thinking, I know, but a bike bridge across the Willamette River might actually avoid all kinds of other complications as the search continues for a more or less direct Albany-Corvallis Trail.


A tribute to true wetlands

Written March 1st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

These watery places are not in danger — except perhaps of drying up too much late in the summer of very dry years. They are also obviously useful to all kinds of plants and wildlife of the kind we have at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in northern Benton County.


Bike route options: How about these?

Written February 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now that the latest plan for an Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail — or “multi-use path” — has been shot down, Benton County says it will try to find another route. A long look at the map suggests at least two alternatives that would be almost as good.


Where a bicyclist was killed

Written February 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The roadside spot where Albany bicyclist Grant Keith Garner died on Tuesday is on one of my regular bike-riding routes, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to Garner’s family and others who knew him. As an accident it was an unusual one, but the crash that killed Garner, 60, shows why cyclists wish there were more […]


Two bike routes: Where we stand

Written January 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the mid-valley cycling front, things have been happening on two routes. The Albany City Council has confirmed its support for an Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, though not necessarily along the alignment that has run into strong opposition from farmers, the Oregon Farm Bureau and the state Department of Agriculture. And Linn County says it is […]


Alb-Cor Bike Trail: Where to now?

Written January 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Well, “bogus” was the wrong word. I used it in a headline on my Jan. 16 commentary about objections by a dozen land owners to the proposed route of the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail. Farmers along the route have concerns that are very real, as I learned Saturday in a visit with one of them.


Alb-Cor Trail: Bogus objections

Written January 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

A group of land owners along the rail line between Albany and Corvallis is determined to prevent construction of the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, but their stated reasons make no sense, at least to me. And if it comes to the point where eminent domain has to be invoked, I don’t see how their objections would […]


Trail: May the opponents reconsider

Written December 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A dozen farmers oppose construction of the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, and they may be able to block it. They can keep fighting a conditional use permit Benton County is seeking for the path, and if that fails they can decline to sell any needed easements. The question is whether they really want to kill a project with benefits for […]


Back to the path: The beginning …

Written October 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Back to the Corvallis-Albany Bike Trail for a moment. Over the last month or two there’s been occasional news about this long-standing project. Each time there’s been mention of the fact that Corvallis had constructed a short section up to its northern city limits. I thought it was high time I confirmed this alleged beginning of […]


Cor-Alb trail funds OK’d: And now?

Written August 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The Aug. 16 story about the Corvallis-Albany — or Albany-Corvallis, depending on our viewpoint — bike trail generated more comments on this webside than any previous item. So you may be interested to learn that the Oregon Transportation Commission today approved partial funding of the project, and the question is: Now what?


 
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