Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Bike Portland--.
SB 130 which passed the full Senate (28-1)back in February adds green, yellow and red bicycle signals to the list of traffic control devices, amending ORS 811.260 and 811.360.

commenting about the benefits to drivers... committee chair representative Cliff Bentz stated...
"the benefits for the driver would be more predictability in intersections... by having a separated, dedicated signal, were able to stop the cyclists and have motorists move through the intersection without worrying about what the cyclists may or may not be doing... and of course vice versa."


bicyclist disobeying the new traffic control device would be subject to a $287 fine.

personally,I think Bentz is living in dreamland.

we already have laws in place in order to handle this type situation. Adding another traffic control device is just going to add more confusion and traffic delays.

However, if you want to follow that same logic... how bout a separate traffic control device for pedestrians because as you know it is definitely confusing to motorists when a pedestrian wanders back and forth from curb to curb and you don't know which curb or when there are going to step off.

Oh yes, I forgot... we already have one of those devices and we see how well people obey those.

speaking of predictability...
I was even backing a truck out of a customers driveway with a spotter stopping traffic for safety and a bike rider (you know, one of those professional bike riders that are all geared up with their fancy bike riding outfits)tried to ride underneath my trailer totally ignoring my helpers commands to stop and wait.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Gary said...

He probably thought that since he was wearing a bike riding outfit, it would create a force field and he couldn't be hurt. You can't fix stupid!

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