A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley
All you Albany drivers who recoiled at the prospect of an Idaho stop law for bicyclists, you can relax. The bill is dead. Or at least it appears that way.
At Albany’s Talking Water Gardens the other day, I noticed something new: Three spiffy bike racks near the entrance. Is that supposed to be a hint to bike riders to leave their wheels behind and proceed on foot?
Riding along the Oregon coast at the beginning of 2019, the old idea of bike taxation kept turning in my head despite the sunny brilliance of the day.
On Facebook the other day, somebody complained that my bike shows up in many of the photos on hh-today. “Unprofessional,” I believe was the word used. To which I say: Tough.
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.
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.
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.