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Old 07-06-2011, 03:04 PM
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Impatient people in BMWs can suck it. Poor engineering on the part of road designers does not compel me to endanger or inconvenience myself so some driver can get up to 45mph 6 seconds sooner. People wonder why so many cyclists appear to be arrogant a-holes--designs like this are part of it. Sure, we could play our apparently intended role as subservient mice and scurry out the way at all times, but that gets so tiresome.

From the NYtimes story listed in Elly Blues' Bikeportland Monday Roundup, 'Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy' ,an excerpt:
"...Still, there is grumbling. “There are all these zones where you can only drive 20 or 30 kilometers per hour [about 12 to 18 miles an hour], which is rather stressful,” Thomas Rickli, a consultant, said as he parked his Jaguar in a lot at the edge of town. “It’s useless.” ..." NYtimes/Elizabeth Rosenthal

In situations of lower speed examples such as this, and for generally navigating close-in urban and suburban street networks, maybe some of these people would be happier with cars that are a little less zippy than Jaguars and Bimmers?
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:18 AM
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front page article this morning reminded me of k'tesh's pics of the Burlingame Trench...

http://bikeportland.org/2012/08/09/m...ancouver-75732

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Old 08-09-2012, 11:54 AM
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front page article this morning reminded me of k'tesh's pics of the Burlingame Trench...

http://bikeportland.org/2012/08/09/m...ancouver-75732

Since the computer crash, I've been very limited in my access to a computer. I've seen that the Burlingame Trench has been fixed.

The crash was caused by the bump that you show in the photo above was easily preventable. A few photographs, a call or two, and a few emails, and it could have been ground down by PBOT, much like the bumps that I reported on SW Jefferson were.

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:49 PM
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I probably should have done this up front...
The problem spot is just past the light. A novice will find themselves doing a pedestrian mode to cross the traffic lanes (blue) where the seasoned rider will take the lane and become traffic (yellow). Unfortunately, the stretch is long enough to create impatience with drivers who don't want to go 20mph to the problem intersection following a bicycle.

I don't see any easy way to fix this, but it is just another traffic feature that put a gap in cycling connectivity and the promotion of cycling. This is why I think the "expert" planners should revisit this serious shortcoming.

In light traffic, I take the lane. During rush hour, I count on the kindness of others at the crosswalk. There are -very few- kind drivers in rush hour BTW. Even if one kind soul holds up, someone else is turning right speeding around them where they cannot see you making the crossing.



When they set up MAX, they should have -required- a parallel bike path. That would have been sweet
Seems ODOT has finally found its way regarding this insane intersection. You will now find there is only 1 turn lane and a through bikelane
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