Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Give bicyclists wide berth, please!
As an avid biker, I pedal daily to work, to run errands, to attend local events or just as a healthy workout. Perhaps you've seen me about town on these frigid winter mornings or pedaling home in the pouring rain?
I have had several harrowing close encounters with vehicles speeding past within inches of me, so I thought this friendly reminder may prove useful.
Oregon law stipulates: "The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. A 'safe distance' means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver's lane of traffic." (ORS 811.065)
I do my part to make myself visible to motorists by wearing reflective gear, blinking lights and using a head light. I ride as far to the right as is safely possible, given that many of the road shoulders in this community contain broken glass, potholes, gravel or other hazards, forcing me to pedal closer to traffic than desired.
Thank you for your part in keeping Hood River a safe and healthy community for biking families. And the next time you feel impatient with the biker ahead of you on the road, perhaps it would be of benefit to reflect on how that bike-commuter is helping to preserve the pristine beauty and air quality that we all wish to enjoy in this awesome town!
I-84 needs markings
So I have a problem with the lack of reflective markings on I-84. I do not feel safe on the freeway while driving at night and/or when it's raining. I'd like to see more reflective markers and clearer lanes on both sides of I-84, between Hood River and Troutdale.
I have ridden cars and buses in countries like China, Albania and the former Soviet-occupied country of Georgia. The stretch of freeway from Troutdale to Hood River in certain conditions is some of the scariest road I have seen.
Given that we live in the Northwest, not every day will be sunny and clear. It would be wonderful if ODOT took the proactive role of making sure we are safe when driving on this stretch of highway, which I am grateful for the opportunity to use.
Avery W. Hoyt
White Salmon, Wash.
See 'Private Eyes' at CAST
"Private Eyes" (CAST production at the Columbia Center for the Arts) uses a delightful blend of humor and drama to explore the human condition of love and honesty. The cast, under the brilliant direction of Tom Burns, has found its pace and delivers the story seamlessly.
A delectable fusing of raw talent and clever writing into a suspense-packed show… (insert sound of needle scratching across vinyl grooves). OK. Cut the hype. Seriously. This show is fun. Funny. Clever. Dramatic. And it will catch the audience off guard at nearly every turn.
Go see it! Hurry. Last show is Feb. 18.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge