HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Questioning ‘sharrows’ on downtown couplet

Written May 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It was in 2018 that ODOT painted shared-lane markings in the middle of the right traffic lanes of the Ellsworth-Lyon couplet in downtown Albany. This is long enough for me to venture the conclusion that these so-called sharrows don’t actually work.


Where bike path ends, solution in the works

Written May 2nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

If you ride your bike south on the Periwinkle Bikepath, you come to a dead end at Queen Avenue, where the path stops in the middle of the block. This may change soon.


Three letters on the asphalt: Puzzling it out

Written July 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Last year the city had five blocks of Ninth Avenue in west Albany repaved, and the new asphalt was marked with “sharrows” wherever someone had sprayed the letters “SLM.” What could that stand for, I wondered now and then as the bike took me across these marks.


On Lyon, less space for cyclists

Written September 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

I wonder if this is what the designers had in mind: Putting the sidewalk that close to heavy traffic in front of the new Albany Fire Department’s Station 11 and Hasty Freez, one of the best burger-and-shake joints in town.


 
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