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

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.