Saturday, December 25, 2010

Crosswalks Approved!

Three new Highway 101 pedestrian crossings received approval Wednesday from the state Freight Mobility Group, allowing construction bids for the Oregon Department of Transportation project to start in February.

Location for the three crosswalks are:
- second street
- mid-block between 7th and eight street
- mid-block between 18th and 19th street

Each crosswalk includes strobed flashing signals and a refuge island.

Remember, it takes responsible drivers to make this system work.

Florence City Council Reviews 2011 Goals

Florence City Council is making a list — and checking it twice — of its 2011 goals, a collection of more than 20 objectives that are currently being hammered out for finalization in January.
Though still in draft form, here what's looking good to cyclists and pedestrians:
Implement priority parks and recreation projects such as exploring grant opportunities for recreational trails and identifying location for dog park.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Florence residents want more walking and biking trails

Florence residents want more walking and biking trails according to the 2009 Florence Park and Recreation Survey. Read more in The Siuslaw News here

Transportation Project Advisory Committee


The 3rd Transportation Project Advisory Committee meeting was held on December 16, 2010 in City Hall Florence. For an editorial by Steve Greene click here or on the photo above.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dangerous Storm Drains again

We discovered several dangerous storm drains close to Old Town Florence. These storm drains could be deathly if a cyclists gets his tire(s) trapped. Following storm drains got reported today to Dan Graber, Public Works, City of Florence:
- between Laurel Street and Kingwood, on 7th Street, on both sides of the street (2 storm drains)
- between Maple Street and HWY 101, on 8th Street on the side of Bicycles 101 (1 storm drain)
- between 8th Street and 9th Street, on Maple Street, on both sides. There are 3 drains there, 2 are to small
- 369 Juniper Street
- 280 Juniper Street, on both sides (2 drains)
- 241 Ivy Street
- 1069 2nd Street
- 1236 Bay Street, in front of Travel Division
 Check out movie below from fellow Trike rider Steve in Florence

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Clean Bike and Pedestrian Path


Munsel Creek bike/pedestrian path after a cleanup by Florence Public Works. Excellent job and thanks!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Improved Signage on Oak Street


Large new sign "BIKE LANE - BICYCLES ONLY" on Oak Street and 25th Street

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Improved Signage on 27th Street


Improved signage on 27th Street between Kingwood Street and Oak Street. The 4 additional metal signs "NO PARKING - BIKE LANE" should help to keep the cars off the bike lane.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Improved Bicycle / Pedestrian Path


Bike/pedestrian path between Spruce Street and Munsel Creek County Park received some needed payment fix.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Car/pedestrian accident on Kingwood Hill


Again, it would be highly appreciated if the City of Florence would add sidewalks between 9th and 15th Street. Access to Kingwood Streets industrial area is made primarily via 35th Street and 9th Street.

Incomplete streets put people at risk
Complete Streets help reduce crashes


Incomplete streets: a barrier for children
Complete Streets give children safety and mobility


Incomplete streets restrict physical activity
Complete Streets make active living easy


Incomplete streets a problem for older Americans
Complete Streets help create livable communities

Friday, October 8, 2010

Needed Cross Walk on 35th / Oak St.

Pedestrians would appreciate a clearly marked cross walk on 35th / Oak St.
This intersection has Bike Lanes on both streets!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Turn Florence into a Bicycle Friendly Community

Encouraging bicycling is a simple way towards improving public health. With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness. In addition, Bicycle Friendly Communities are places with a high quality of life, where people want to live, work, and visit. Building such a community can translate into a more connected, physically active, and environmentally sustainable community that enjoys increased property values, business growth, increased tourism, and more transportation choices for citizens.

The Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.
 

Florence is a great place to live! City of Florence, please apply now!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kingwood Street between 10th and 15th

Kingwood Street between 10th and 15th got improved. Both Bike Lanes are now officially recognized by the City of Florence. The added "parking lane" on the East side is well used by pedestrians.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dangerous Storm Drains are Illegal (2)

shown is upgraded storm drain on Maple St.


All reported storm drain have been upgraded - THANKS!



 Several dangerous storm drains were reported to Florence Public Works on July 14th:
- 8th Street at the Bike Shop side
- 7th Street between Kingwood and Laurel, 2 Storm drains, one on either side
- Maple Street just behind the library

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sutton Trails closed?

Sutton Trails, just North of Florence are closed to bikes now.
Sharon Stewart, Dispersed Recreation Supervisor, Central Coast Ranger District/Oregon Dunes NRA has been contacted. Sharon replied: Here is the email from out Rec Staff Officer, Michael Harvey. I need to present this information now to the District Ranger (she has been away on leave). It will probably be about a week before we learn more....

"I think it comes down to a question of resource capabilities and public safety. If the trail tread (soil) can tolerate bicycle use without compacting/eroding and if bikers and hikers can safely share the trail, then I see no reason why bikes should not be able to use the trail. Local managers determine the appropriate use(s) of trails. If the ranger wants to open trail(s) to bicycle use he/she can do that without formal process. Trail management objectives would need to amended to include all relevant use types and if there is a subpart B closure currently for bikes, that would have to be cancelled. Not sure if INFRA/IWEB record for the trail would have to be updated for use type(s) also, but I think it would."

Send complains please to
Sharon Stewart
Dispersed Recreation Supervisor
Central Coast Ranger District/Oregon Dunes NRA
855 Hwy 101 Reedsport, Oregon 97467
541-271-6071
email: slstewart@fs.fed.us

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dangerous Storm Drains are Illegal (1)

Above photos shows ODOT's new storm drain that was put in place 2 weeks after this complain.
Thank you!


This storm drain is located on the West side of HWY 101, just South of HWY 126. In years past, storm drains have presented a significant hazard for bicyclists. Many drains were designed with metal spaces in the direction of travel that were wide enough to “eat” bicycle wheels. Newer designs have a crisscross pattern, eliminating the potential for getting a tire wedged into the structure, launching the unwary rider over the handlebars.

The Oregon Revised Statutes contain a legal prohibition against dangerous storm grates that can be used by riders to nudge maintenance departments to install or redesign dangerous storm drains. Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 810.150 requires that storm drains be designed so that bicycles may pass safely.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Updating Florence's Transportation System Plan


The Florence Transportation System Plan Update will update the City of Florence’s (City) Transportation System Plan (TSP), Community Transit Plan, and Capital Improvement Program (CIP), to ensure that urbanization of the Urban Growth Boundary occurs in an integrated, connected manner that facilitates use of alternative modes, reduces reliance on the automobile, reduces use of state highways for local travel, provides certainty about planned transportation investments to encourage economic development, and lowers future emissions thereby helping to reduce the effects of climate change. Project will assure consistency of Updated TSP, Community Transit Plan, and CIP with local and state policies, plans, and rules including the Transportation Planning Rule (as amended July 14, 2006).

For future info click on the Florence PAC Team Tab on top of the page

Saturday, July 10, 2010

9th Street after repaving


9th Street looking East
 Crosswalk, Bike Lane, Center Line
P.E.R.F.E.C.T. !!!!


 9th Street looking West
Yellow double center line, wide bike lane and stencils

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mia Birk, former Bicycle Coordinator for Portland

Removed Bike Lane striping on HWY 101

HWY 101 in Florence, intersection 126/101 looking South. Missing Bike Lane striping, the bicycle stencil is still clearly visible. The Dangerous Storm Drain is located exactly where the group of Cyclists is.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Trash cans along Munsel Creek Bike Path please

First waste receptacle has been installed and used!
Thank you!
Lovely Bike & Pedestrian path along Munsel Creek in this Forest with lots of native Rhododendron macrophyllum. It starts just 1 block off HWY 101 at Quince Street, close to intersection 101/126, crosses Spruce Street and ends at W Park Dr/17th Street. At this point it is easy to continue your walking/cycling exercise. The neighborhood is a low/slow traffic area.
Recommendation on May 3, 2010: It would be nice to have trash cans at places like this. It sure would help to keep this peaceful path clean and enjoyable for the future.  


Sunday, June 20, 2010

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FEDERAL PROGRAM


Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to school.

The Federal Program on Safe Routes to School
This new program will assist local communities in making bicycling and walking to school a safe choice. The program provides funding for infrastructure and education, while providing guidance and technical assistance through a national clearinghouse.
(www.saferoutesinfo.org).

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of more than 400 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement in the United States. SRTS can provide a variety of important benefits to children and their communities, including increasing physical activity, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and enhancing neighborhood safety
(www.saferoutespartnership.org).

The Oregon SRTS Program
Managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon’s federally funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is the source for state coordinator contact details, federal SRTS funding amounts, SRTS applications and guidelines, and state SRTS program information.
 (www.saferoutespartnership.org/state/5043/oregon).

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shared-use Path on Kingwood Street


This is how a shared-use path could work on Kingwood Street between 9th and 15th Street. Adding a shared-use path on the east side and using parked cars as a barrier mid-street seems like a brilliant idea and would make a lot of sense since there is no side walk on either side.

Shared-use paths can be used by pedestrians, joggers, skaters, cyclists, wheel chairs etc. and provide a comfortable space of safety.

This could be a great Demonstration Project for our city and a step in the right direction.

Info about Portland's Cycle Track & Buffered Bike Lane Demonstration Projects here

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Input and comments please here

Interested in building a better cycling and pedestrian future in Florence?
Wanna help paint bike lane symbols in Bike Lanes in Florence?
Want to suggest any ideas/improvements?

It's a great time to do that right now. Your comments will help the Transportation Project Advisory Committee to understand the needs of pedestrians and cyclists in the Florence area. 

Let us be a smart community. We all want to live in a city with clean air, safe streets, healthier, happier people, and stress free traffic.
You can make a difference and thanks!


Please use the post a comment field below.
or email your suggestions to

BikeandWalk (at) gmx.com

Monday, May 31, 2010

Whose Roads? Who Pays?

You’ll often hear or read some ill-informed person claim that cyclists don’t have the right to use public roadways because they don’t pay gas taxes. I suppose one could simply call them a fascist and be done with it (and be correct), but more reasonable and effective arguments are available.
First and foremost, use of public rights-of-way is a basic liberty, not a privilege of taxpayers.


But even if it were not a basic liberty, cyclists (and pedestrians) are certainly paying their way (and then some).

“User fees” such as gas taxes, vehicle taxes and fees, and tolls, account for only 60% of transportation funding; the other 40% is from property taxes, bonds, general funds, and other taxes, all of which are paid (directly or indirectly) by non-motorists. According to Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute,

“On average, local and regional governments spend $300-500 annually per automobile in general taxes on local roads and traffic services, averaging more than 6¢ per mile driven on local roads. Only 0.7¢ of this is paid through vehicle user charges, meaning that driving is subsidized through general taxes by about 5.6¢ per mile on local roads.”


Most gas tax money goes to widening roadways to accommodate more cars (thereby encouraging more driving) and to maintaining roads. Virtually all wear and tear on roads is due to motor vehicles (especially large trucks), not cyclists, and certainly not pedestrians. The cost of accommodating cyclists and pedestrians is generally less than 2% of the total cost of a road. Non-motorists therefore overpay for their use of roads, while motorists underpay.

Those who shop by bike, walk or transit pay gas taxes indirectly. Shipping costs, which are included in the costs of virtually all goods, include gas taxes.

Of course, most cyclists DO buy gasoline, since most own and drive internal combustion vehicles. To say one must always use the vehicle that makes the taxpaying necessary is an absurd trap. "You have no choice! You must drive a car because you paid the tax!" This argument also implies that those who pay more in taxes have greater rights than those who pay less. Those who drive electric cars might similarly be accused of driving on roads without paying “their fair share.” An electric car owner would only pay about one-third as much in “user fees” as the owner of an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Dangerous Gate

Please click on photos to supersize




Bike/pedestrian path between Spruce Street and Munsel Creek County Park.

Recommendation: Moving the gate to the end of the sidewalk as shown (yellow gate) above would allow easier access for wheels chairs, bicycles and pedestrians via the paved path and eliminate the need to go around it on the narrow funky gravel path.


Situation view from both sides (photo above and below)


This gate is not in compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The goal of the ADA is to make sure that no qualified person with any kind of disability is turned down for a job or promotion, or refused entry to a public-access area.