Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.



For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.







Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!






E-mail us here.

About

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on May 20, 2012 12:47 PM. The previous post in this blog was Streetcar mom gets a prize. The next post in this blog is Holier than thou. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Archives

Links

Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
TaxVox
Tax.com
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Conglomerate
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
myCorporateResource.com
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Utterly Boring.com
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
HinesSight
Onfocus
Jalpuna
Beerdrinker.org
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
Sansego
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
Mireio
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
{AE}
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Althouse
GirlHacker
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Frytopia
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
StumptownBlogger
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and Drink.com
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion
LoveSalem

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Misterblue
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
Twisty
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
Pinktalk
Mellow-Drama
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Rosenblog
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Blort
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Maukie
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
KGW-TV
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
KOIN
Willamette Week
KATU
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB
Topix.net - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
KPTV
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

Music-Related
The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Seal
Sting
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Another bicycle fatality

This one in the "Reach the Beach" event. Condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.

We hear that designer Joshua Berger of Plazm magazine is also laid up with serious biking injuries. Along with a guy who works across the hall from us, who's been out of work for a month after taking a swan dive off his two-wheeler one night. Surgery to insert pins, plates, the whole works.

When cyclists preach to us about the health benefits of their chosen means of transportation, we nod silently. It's not worth trying to question the Portland orthodoxy. As long as people understand the risks, let them ride.

Meanwhile, the stage is being set for what could well be some more tragedy on Williams Avenue. "Let's try something completely new that motorists won't understand, and see what happens." Well, what do you think is going to happen?

Comments (23)

That proposal for a bike lane on the LEFT side of the street may be the FIRST non-idiot thing the bike planners at PDOT/PBOT have done.

At least we are used to having cars pass on the left and it is easier to see behind you on the left. And we are inherently more careful when turning left.

Now all they have to do is have the bikes pay for the road are they are stealing from cars.

And start ticketing them for the same offenses they ticket cars.

And requiring insurance for when they mow down a pedestrian.

Thanks
JK

Hey Jim, wanna bet you won't be allowed to make a left turn from the right lane across the bike lane? Cars will need to make 3 right turns, around the block to accomplish left turns, more gridlock, be still my beating heart.

Uh, Phil, I think the left lane is a shared bike and left turn lane (at least based on the picture in the link).

And we are inherently more careful when turning left.

Except for buses.

The bike boxes work so well that I'm sure this will be seamless. While we're at it, let's just make both lanes of Williams available to bikes since there are 4,000 of them. No word on how many CARS are on the road during the same period...

Damn cyclists. Stealing our pavement, getting in our way and costing us precious minutes as we hurry home, and then dying too (in this case on the shoulder on a dry Saturday afternoon). God help us.

I've long thought that it was kind of stupid to have bike lanes on the right-hand side of the street, fighting buses and whatnot. Left lane makes a lot more sense - assuming they get some decent signage as well. On a one-way street, putting bikes on the left makes a lot of sense, and is testament to the old adage that even a blind hog, in a forest of oaks, will uproot the occasional acorn.

Contrast the wisdom from the City of Portland and that found in a dusty old book . . . . .

"There is also a funding challenge: The city has $250,000 set aside, but it will likely take twice that much to complete."


28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,


I think the Portland version would have Jesus finishing the lesson with, " . . . But be re-elected in spades."

Vehicle drivers in Portland have long had the road to themselves. Bikes were thrust upon a generation not used to sharing the roadway. In time, most drivers will adjust and learn. Until then, bicyclists will be hit often enough to make us wonder what the heck they are doing riding along side moving cars. Sharing the road with bikes is not new here, but it will be a while yet before all drivers are fully aware they are there.

Bikes on Williams with this new left scheme should not be allowed to make right turns, but required to make only left turns, going three blocks to go left. It will be suicide for bikes to go across two traffic lanes to make a right, right?

It will be suicide for bikes to go across two traffic lanes to make a right, right?

No more than currently making a left.

Damn cyclists.

No, damn local government, promoting cycle commuting as a healthy transportation option without mentioning that it's inherently quite dangerous.

the bike riders might die with less frequency if they started obeying traffic laws...
And the laws of physics...

I am not sure how cyclists violate the laws of physics without divine intervention.

Driving is quite dangerous, too, against others, so much so that we require liability insurance. For an economics blog, has anybody found what bicycle liability coverage would cost and versus car liability? By extrapolation of weight and comparing to motorcycle coverage I made an estimation that most of the coverage if it were mandated would be in uninsured motorist coverage, which would be similar to motorcycle coverage, where at least on my coverage is around half. Divide bicycle weight out and maybe it is five to ten dollars a year liability and fifty dollars a year for uninsured coverage.

What if the city decided since the market fails to provide the ability to buy this insurance, if the city created an universal coverage for cyclists that it could choose to subsidize as an incentive to cyclists moving here to cycle where they can be insured? This would also address the argument that cyclists are needlessly causing liability for themselves upon unsuspecting pedestrians. Have the city revoke insurance for those who receive citations.

Certainly there is a workable solution that doesn't involve penalizing cyclists who are freeing up asphalt space on roads for cars.

Hey Drewbob, I doubt the driver was hurrying to get home. He was a young driver (24) and probably part of the massive line of cars heading to or from the coast on that winding highway.

Neither Hwy 240 or 18 (the routes taken on that event) should be considered a safe cycling route in dry or wet conditions. The "shoulder" as you put it is typically 6-9 inches wide on hwy 240. In addition to it endangering their lives, they too endanger driver's lives by choosing to insert themselves on a roadway ill equipped for them and the other anxious drivers also on that road.

Sticking 100's of cyclists in the middle of the most used route to the coast and casinos is madness. There are so many other roads that are less traveled that could be utilized.

Why anyone would insert themselves into such a situation, right or wrong, is beyond me. I drive those roads often and the other drivers scare me and I am in a car!

I feel for the individuals who are killed, and equally for their families and loved ones for their loss. BUT....cyclists and pedestrians remain extremely naive when it comes to the inherent danger of riding bikes on heavily traveled roadways; and stepping out into moving traffic expecting motorists to stop on a dime.

Neither is safe. Conduct yourself at your own risk. Messing with a Prius, an SUV or a semi if you are cycling or walking is suicidal. You can't compete.

It is what it is...try to understand it, and live longer. No rules, sustainable practices, share the road mantras, lanes, crosswalks, boxes etc. will save you. Only you can prevent the inevitable.

Ride and walk responsibly. Remain naive and suffer the consequences. It ain't up to the other guy....it's up to you.

just sayin'

So if someone is driving a motor vehicle they are basically tiny babies mashing at the fun little levers and wheels in front of them, and it's everyone else's responsibility to get out of their way as they careen down the road, sidewalk, front yards, or through your house?

If someone on a bicycle gets killed because a driver decides that it's unmanly to slow down when the rest of the traffic jam does, the person on the bicycle is not the one at fault.

It's not reasonable to think that cars can stop on a dime. It *is* reasonable to think that cars can obey the traffic laws.

Look, I don't hate bicyclists but I don't understand why there are all these green boxes and bike lanes when ped crossings are so badly maintained. Have you tried crossing 52nd & Foster lately? Complete death trap for a ped and there are many more. Also, in my neighborhood, it is ironic, there are bike lanes but the sidewalks are pitted, potted and unsafe to walk in, dry or wet. I'm able bodied, but forget the disabled citizen in a wheelchair, scooter, walker, etc. We all use the bike line to get up and down the street because at least it is an even surface. It is not right and it is not fair. Sidewalks and ped crossings should be properly maintained first. If people are walking it is because they don't have a car or are getting to their bus stop, seriously.

the person on the bicycle is not the one at fault.

It's not about fault. It's about survival. Urban cycling is inherently dangerous. So is cycling on Route 18. So is being on Route 18.

cycling on Route 18

Dangerous? Yes, manifestly. Inherently? Not so much, as long as there is so much room for improvement in driving skill and licensing standards.

When the motorist is in the wrong, does the cyclist automatically go to heaven?

I did Reach The Beach two years ago. If my memory serves me correctly the Hwy 18 stretch was a very short segment of the route. Most of the route winds through bucolic farm country on two lane roads. In fact cars are so rare on most of these rides that the riders yell "car back" when they hear cars coming from behind so the riders ahead can get over to the right while on narrow roads. I distinctly recall being very nervous along Hwy 18 because the cars were blowing by us pretty fast on their way to Spirit Mountain, and as I road along in fear of my life, I was thinking to myself "who was the idiot who laid this thing out", because I knew at any minute one of the cars could cross the fog line and take one of us out. I stayed way over to the right...almost in the gravel. Yes, there a risk component when you are on a bike, and you can get killed or seriously injured through no fault of your own by a distracted or impaired motorist. Fortunately, I am spoiled and 85% of my bike commute is on a dedicated bike path. It adds about 15 extra minutes to go that way, but it's worth the piece of mind, and I can use the extra exercise anyhow.

When the motorist is in the wrong, does the cyclist automatically go to heaven?

I thought Portland WAS heaven - for bicyclists...

’ Certainly there is a workable solution that doesn't involve penalizing cyclists who are freeing up asphalt space on roads for cars.”

Huh. The vast majority of bicycle lanes are added at the expense of drivers. Either motor vehicle travel lanes are removed or narrowed, or on-street parking – now considered by some a commodity that should require a metered fee – is removed. That is the opposite of freeing up pavement for cars. Moreover, new city standards for bike lanes have them so wide that two bicyclists can ride side by side.

On Williams Avenue, there are twice as many cars as bicyclists that use the street, yet there is only one planned through lane for each mode where the cars must travel single in their lane while the bicyclists can ride two a breast. This seems backwards. The bicyclists pay nothing for this luxury. If anybody is being penalized it is the drivers who pay the fees and gas taxes that are being poached to pay for some freeloaders. Maybe somebody on this blog should start a petition to require bicyclists to pay their own way for bicycle infrastructure.


Sponsors


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009
Lello, Douro Tinto 2009
Quinson Fils, Cotes de Provence Rose 2011
Anindor, Pinot Gris 2010
Buenas Ondas, Syrah Rose 2010
Les Fiefs d'Anglars, Malbec 2009
14 Hands, Pinot Gris 2011
Conundrum 2012
Condes de Albarei, Albariño 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2007
Penelope Sanchez, Garnacha Syrah 2010
Canoe Ridge, Merlot 2007
Atalaya do Mar, Godello 2010
Vega Montan, Mencia
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2009

The Occasional Book

Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 111
At this date last year: 21
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


Clicky Web Analytics