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Trash bins blocking the bike lane? Right here’s repair that – BikePortland


Trash bins blocking the brand new bike lane on Lombard after being hit by a driver. (Picture despatched in by a reader)

Along with leaves and automobiles and gravel and puddles and indicators and development gear, one other all too widespread object that blocks journey lanes utilized by bicycle riders are these huge trash and recycling bins. Far too many individuals disrespect bike lanes and their lack of consideration to this situation creates a big security hazard when street customers are pressured to steer across the bins and into different lanes. The difficulty has turn out to be extra acute in recent times because the Portland Bureau of Transportation has created extra curbside, parking-protected bike lanes.

The difficulty ought to be dealt with robotically by the town by means of a mixture of advertising, schooling, design and enforcement. However till that occurs, like many different road questions of safety we face, the burden is on us to file a criticism with the town.

Final week we had a reader contact us a few repeat offender who was leaving a number of bins in the brand new bike lane on N Lombard every week. She lives in an condominium and seen how staff from her property administration firm had been guilty. When she introduced the difficulty to their consideration, they “repeatedly dismissed” her considerations. Then final weekend, the bins had been struck by a automotive driver. Pissed off and frightened, our reader determined to go a unique route: She emailed the Oregon Division of Transportation (they handle this part of Lombard) and the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (who’re in control of the waste and recycling).

“I shudder to assume what would have occurred had a bike owner approached this sudden wall of cans within the wet darkish climate and darted into site visitors to keep away from them,” she wrote in an e mail copied to BikePortland.

Someday later she acquired a reply from a BPS staffer. The staffer mentioned they acquired in contact with somebody on the property administration agency and was instructed they’d place the bins up on the sidewalk and out of the bike lane any more. The BPS staffer additionally shared sage recommendation for report the difficulty so it will get dealt with appropriately.

In case you come throughout bins blocking the bikeway (particularly repeat offenders), you may file a criticism with Bureau of Growth Companies by sending an e mail to codec@portlandoregon.gov or by calling 503-823-2633.

The relevant code is present in Chapter 29.20.010:

Ok.  Obstructions to sidewalks, streets, and different rights of manner.  Maintain the adjoining rights of manner freed from something that obstructs or interferes with the traditional circulate of pedestrian or vehicular site visitors, until particularly approved by allow or ordinance to do in any other case.  This duty consists of, however isn’t restricted to, elimination of earth, rock, and different particles, in addition to projecting or overhanging bushes and limbs which will hinder or render unsafe the passage of individuals or autos.  

It’s unlucky bicycle riders are burdened with having to report these obstructions and I notice not everyone seems to be keen to do it. But when that is your kind of factor, no less than now you understand the place to take your considerations. Hopefully they’ll get taken care of shortly.



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