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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


My town bike’s milestone, sort of

Written September 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

As far as milestones go, this isn’t all that big. Still, allow me to pause and depart from the regular fare on this site to report that the computer on my town bike hit 13,000 miles this week.


Lines on Independence: Oops!

Written August 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Sunday I wondered where “the bike lane” went and complained that it was gone. Now I can report that Benton County obliterated it by mistake and intends to make it good next summer or late spring.


More bike trail news, sort of

Written April 10th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the mid-valley bike-trail front, there are developments and one of them — a bill introduced by Rep. Andy Olson of Albany — could complicate things a bit.


A greenway people can use, and do

Written March 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Riding my bike along the Bear Creek Greenway, I’m wondering once again why Jackson County has managed to complete such a magnificent transportation and recreation asset while we in the mid-valley are still floundering around with similar ideas.


On the road, a flashy “stop”

Written March 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Part of the fun of taking a road trip is in stopping in the towns along the way and taking a look around. I did that a couple of days ago in Williams, a town about halfway between Sacramento and Redding in the Sacramento Valley.


Sunshine called for a ride

Written March 1st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

March 1 is still winter, supposedly, but it sure felt like spring in the Willamette Valley, and that called for the obligatory bike ride on the abandoned roads of the former Camp Adair. Well, almost abandoned roads.


 
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