HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Paint the lanes green: Safer riding

Written March 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany is pretty safe for bicyclists, generally speaking, but it hasn’t yet adopted a simple way of marking bike lanes, an approach that might make the town safer yet.


Nice bike lanes; why so short?

Written October 5th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Independence Highway in Benton County has a nice new surface, and a section of the road is wider too, prompting a reader’s question for which the Answer Man hastened to obtain a response.


On Lyon, less space for cyclists

Written September 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

I wonder if this is what the designers had in mind: Putting the sidewalk that close to heavy traffic in front of the new Albany Fire Department’s Station 11 and Hasty Freez, one of the best burger-and-shake joints in town.


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.


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.


For less CO2, encourage cycling

Written February 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As near as I can tell — and the search features of the Oregon legislature’s excellent website make it easy to check — not a single bill this session deals with bicycles. The majority Democrats claim to want to reduce carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Encouraging cycling is one immediate and low-cost way to accomplish that, […]


Plenty of space to ride a bike

Written January 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

5 We like to think of Oregon’s mid-valley as the ideal place for riding a bike. But as I hope the video shows, the central valley of California, away from the cities, is cycling country too.


By the roadside, an empty bottle …

Written January 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

This person who threw this empty Smirnoff bottle out the window of a passing vehicle did cycists like me a favor. He — let’s say it’s more likely a man than a woman — also highlighted a failing in Oregon’s Bottle Bill.


Down with glass breakers …

Written November 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

See that little sliver of broken glass I’m holding up? It’s what made a hole in my bike’s rear tire and tube on Monday afternoon.


 
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