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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Trash cans in the bike lane: A common lament

Written August 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Bill Clotere, a reader in North Albany, had a suggestion for a “topic for a boring day”: Trash cans in the bike lanes, sometimes left there long after the pick-up day has passed.


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

Ahem…


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 […]


 
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