QUOTE (Torrey @ Jun 13 2006, 08:56 PM)
Yes, there are always conflicts when it comes to traffic and right-of-way.
The ORS regarding the treatment of bicycles as vehicles is pretty clear: peds have the right of way.
As for the rest of the comments; how about taking the attitude that bikes and peds share some common spaces; multiuse paths such as the Eastbank esp. require slower traffic to stay right; to the best of my knowledge there aren't yet speed limits on it yet, but I would assume at some point there will be as use grows.
I'm not sure what to say about the comments some of you made about heckling and intimidating cyclists. If you are startled by a cyclist unintentionally, check your fight or flight mechanism; you don't have to revert into an over-revved 16 year-old; if the cyclist you mess with was a meth tweaker who knows might happen if confront him/her; if it escalates you might regret it. Frankly, cyclists have it bad enough on roads that are clearly marked for bikes, I get called faggot at least once a week. Hillarious.
I've ridden to Duniway on my bike from my place downtown for a run/bike workout, and someone in the club had the gaul to ask me, "what all this girly bike stuff" was; dude, it's lycra, you're wearing it too.
Regarding the elbow someone used on a cyclist. Well, that one is pretty clear, you *intentionally* assaulted another person, not just a "cyclist". Depending on how much that person wanted to escalate, you could be looking at a low-level misdemeanor.
Bicycling Magazine (Rodale press) again voted this city the most bike friendly in U.S. over places like Boulder, Seattle and San Diego. Trek built a cool new commuter bike called the "Trek Portland" and had their product roll-out event at the Bike Gallery.
One of the members of this club and the Portland community has ridden cross-country and written at least one book (that I know of) about Bike Touring (yes, I've read it)..
Eleven years ago when I left the military and *joined*(yes, paid for) the Finish Line Sports Multi-Sport club, did track workouts alongside Clarence, MarkieMo and probably others (Andrew?) it was to give other sports a try, and to learn from people who had dabbled and/or competed in other sports, in this case cycling.
I think maybe a little different attitude is in order, there are a ton of people who ride in the club and I think upwards of 10+ people who've done an Ironman (that might 10% of your current membership).
- peds have right of way in the context of peds vs. vehicles as defined by the ORS
- another person doesn't have the right to assault another person, this isn't how adults solve problems
- with multi-use paths all around the metro area seeing more use, folks need to be a little more cognizant of sharing the space that allows all of us access to the city, and access to a safe place to recreate