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Testing a wider, nicer Riverside Drive

Written May 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Nice paving job — and wide too! That was my first impression Wednesday of the newly rebuilt segment of Riverside Drive just outside of Albany. On the bike, the wider road really makes a difference, even before the lane markings are installed.


Biking: No news is good news

Written March 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you’re waiting for something to happen in this short video, you are waiting in vain. Nothing happens. Which is the way we cyclists like it.


Bids opened for Riverside Drive

Written August 29th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Linn County Road Department  this morning opened bids for widening about 2.4 miles of Riverside Drive from Oakville Road to Meadow Road, a long-planned project that will make the road safer for both motorists and bicyclists.


How wetland rules waste money

Written April 14th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an example of how Oregon’s effort to protect so-called wetlands goes too far and requires the spending of public money without accomplishing any actual wetland protection. I came across it on a bike ride on Riverside Drive just outside of Albany.


Riverside bike link getting closer

Written April 5th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

This may be the year that Linn County follows through on its plan to widen the shoulders of Riverside Drive, making it a better route for bicyclists connecting with the new path alongside Highway 34 on the way to Corvallis.


Riverside bike route: Not so fast

Written August 2nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

ODOT completed a million-dollar separated bike path along Highway 34 last fall. It’s supposed to be part of a safer bike route between Albany and Corvallis. Linn County had hoped to start this year on its part of the deal — wider shoulders along part of six-mile-long Riverside Drive — but there’s been a delay.


New bikeway: A noisy test ride

Written October 21st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the new and almost-open bikeway along Highway 34 west from Riverside Drive, it’s noisy but not nearly as noisy as my video makes it seem. The combination of traffic and wind played havoc with the little microphone on my camera. Still, I enjoyed Wednesday’s test ride on the part of the bikeway that’s now […]


Bikeway update: The word is soon

Written October 8th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Thursday I rode down Riverside Drive to check on progress on the bikeway being built along Highway 34. I was hoping it might be finished early, ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline. No such luck. But the wait won’t be too long.


A blast — and much less risky

Written September 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Riding a bike from West Albany to Corvallis and back is going to be a blast — and a much safer blast at that — once the bikeway along Highway 34 is completed this fall. The route is still closed, according to all the signs. But on Friday, with nothing but time on my hands, […]


Truax Island: Foreboding vibes

Written July 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Little has changed at Truax Island on the Willamette River since I last looked at the place a year ago, except that with its algae-choked water holes and abandoned gravel pits it looks even more foreboding than before.


 
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