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I corrected some spelling and obviously deleted my entire reply! This will be shorter. My comments are in regard to hyper vigilance gravely needed on the part of the cyclist and driver! I am new to Portland as of July; and had a harrowing, for me, ordeal on Willamhette about 2 months ago returning from Fred Meyer. A woman was cruising along, completely outside of the amply wide bike lane, riding in the traffic lane. I slowed way down, waiting for her to turn her head my way, and move to the right a bit; at least into the appointed bike lane; which she did not! Oblivious to me; it was necessary for me to cross the center line at which time; a car had just made a wide right turn onto Willamhette. I then had to swerve my car quickly to avert a head on collision. Needless to say I was shaken, absolutely livid and fuming. I looked over at her, shaking my head, but forcing myself not to roll down the window; and yell something I'd later regret! Is this standard MO? Encountered a similar incident riding with my daughter somewhere else in NE PDX, the gent pompously rode along way outside the bike lane; compelling us to cross the center lane to avoid hitting him! Gave us a dirty look to boot! Stunning arrogance!!! I was taught, as a child, to fear automobiles and to realize that many drivers have more on their mind; than turning the other cheek to rude cyclists! Many are teens, with 3 or 4 other kids in the car, blaring their music and wrecklessly maneuvering down the road; others may be elderly or impaired by drugs or alcohol, or fighting with their spouse or frantically late for work! Lucky for some, I am a mindful, cautious, speed limit abiding driver, ever driving defensively, as I was taught some years ago in St. Louis, a conservative midwesterner! Also of concern are night cyclists failing to be sufficiently illuminated by reflective bike clothing; with nothing but a small headlamp to light up the bike. Hard to see on some of the dark side streets! I for one, feel there needs to be much more than a painted lane, which some of the cyclists ignore anyway! Why not find some feasible way to separate cyclists and drivers; a guardrail of sorts; or separate roadways. I liked the track that is at Portland State. While the green progress out here is beyond outstanding as the diligent efforts in reducing carbon footprints etc, I do feel that both sides need to reach a common ground; and respect for one another and safety needs to be gravely stressed!
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