HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Bikes in traffic: A reader’s challenge accepted

Written January 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

When you’re on a bicycle, how best to keep going north on Highway 99E when you come to the big Y junction with Santiam Highway? It’s easier than I thought.


Seen up close, those sewer grates are safe

Written January 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Friday’s short video tour of bike lanes along Highways 20 and 99E (Albany’s Santiam Highway and Pacific Boulevard) caused a least a couple of viewers to worry about the sewer grates as they flashed by.


How useful are bike lanes? Take a look

Written January 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A sunny and mild day in January, a welcome break from recent rains: What better time for a little demonstration of how bike lanes make cycling more feasible on roads that carry a lot of cars and trucks.


Leaf piles in the street: Patience, please

Written December 2nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

This is the last period of the fall when Republic Services picks up piles of leaves left on Albany streets. Pointing this out also highlights how impossible it is to carry out the city’s advice on just how and where to pile up leaves.


Bike lanes must be used, except for …

Written November 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon law there’s an offense called “failure to use a bicycle lane or path.” It’s a Class D traffic violation, but there’s no practical way to enforce it. And the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission last month agreed to recommend education rather than trying to hit violators with tickets.


Next year, expect to see green lanes here

Written October 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

We’re looking north on Madison Street in Albany from the intersection of Fourth Avenue. It’s one of several points on Madison where green paint is intended to make for fewer crashes involving bicycles and cars.


Cyclists acting badly: A councilor complains

Written September 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

 Every now and then, somebody on the Albany City Council will wonder out loud if anything can be done about bicyclists ignoring the traffic laws or otherwise acting stupid. It happened again last week.


 
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