A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Bike lanes: Lots of broken glass

Written January 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Riding the bike along some of Albany’s thoroughfares Saturday, what I wondered about was this: Where is all that splintered glass coming from?

Look what’s painted on the street

Written January 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Bike lanes in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue! In both directions, no less. Albany has no streets wide enough for anything like that, but I was glad  to see that in the nation’s capital, cycling was regarded well enough to try to make it relatively easy and safe on the most prominent street.

The Big Trash Day Dilemma

Written April 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Where to put your garbage and recycling cans on the weekly trash day is a perplexing and occasionally vexing question without a universal solution. Luckily, it doesn’t matter as long as everybody realizes there are no easy answers and acts accordingly.

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.

What bike lane, where?

Written November 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering


Fall means blocked bike lanes

Written November 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

As bike lane obstructions go, this isn’t all that bad. Still, it’s an example of why people on bikes sometimes can’t use the bike lanes all that well. This is on Albany’s Salem Avenue, where homeowners have swept the autumn leaves into the street in the hope that sooner or later, the piles will be picked […]

When you’re stuck at a signal …

Written October 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Next time the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission is looking for some project, it might want to consider the fact that many modern traffic signals ignore people on bikes. Some communities have solved the problem with gizmos like the one in the photo, a bike-crossing button similar to those routinely provided for people on foot.

Lanes for bikes and leaves

Written November 10th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

I’m not complaining, but does this seem a little odd? The sign on Elm Street in the block occupied by Albany General Hospital prohibits parking on the curb, presumably to keep the bike lane open for bicyclists. But blocking the lane with piles of dead leaves is OK?

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