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  • Club Appeals for Improved Bike Safety on County Roads

    The Club’s Board, at its November meeting, formally asked Jackson County to amend the County’s Transportation System Plan to include bike lanes on rural roads (as distinct from road shoulders or separated multi-use paths) where volumes and speeds are moderate to high. The County’s existing Plan provides for bike lanes only on urban roads (i.e. White City) where sidewalks are present on both sides of the road. Bike lanes are a common part of city streets but not in the County (except in White City).

    The Board also asked that the County to post signs that explicitly inform auto/truck drivers of the requirements of ORS 811.065 (which sets a required separation distance for auto/truck drivers when passing bicycles where auto/truck vehicle speeds are greater than 35 MPH and no bike lane exists). Just imagine how pleasant bike riding in the County would be if drivers passed consistent with the law (Figure 2) as contrasted to what our, all too common, experience is today (Figure 1). ORS 811.065 has been on the books since 2007. Isn’t about time that the County (and the State) started helpLTS passing comparisoning auto/truck drivers to realize their legal obligations and, thereby, improve our safety and comfort when cycling on rural roads? The illustration at right (which you’ll need to click on to actually read – sorry) illustrates the required legal standards for passing in different roadway environments.

    The Board’s memo to the County is available HERE. More details are available in the Club’s technical paper – Bike Lanes and Why They Are Necessary.

  • Bicycles down the Valley, 1890 – 1910

    If you missed the Club’s membership meeting earlier this month you’ll have another opportunity to experience “Bicycles down the Valley: 1890 – 1910” on Wednesday, November 18, from 12 – 1, at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. The noon lecture will be presented by Amy Drake of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

    A July 14, 1893 Medford Mail article stated that “Bicycling is the nearest to flying that human ingenuity has yet approached.” This historical tidbit and many others that Amy will share are sure to delight.

  • Cycling Never Stops

    Some expect wintery weather to take its toll on cyclists’ interest in cycling. Not here! Visitors to the Club’s website just set a new record of 126 unique visitors in a single day. The previous record , 96 visitors in a single day, was set on July 27, 2015.

  • November Board of Directors Meeting

    The Club’s Board will meet at Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville at 6:30 on November 4. The meeting agenda and related materials are posted under the “members only” tab within the “Governing Documents” page. Members will need to sign-in to the website to view this content. Members are welcome to attend.

  • When Does "too close" Become Reckless

    State statutes state that recklessly (i.e. reckless driving)  “means that a person is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard thereof constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.”

    Today, a group of cyclists (three to be exact) were passed, so close, that there was no more than one foot between the vehicle (a big pick-up) and the bicycles. Oregon law, ORS 811.065, requires that a driver pass a bicycle (when vehicle speed is above 35 and there is no bike lane) with enough room to avoid the cyclists if he/she were to fall over and into the roadway. Clearly the driver violated that law but was he driving in a reckless manner. I think he was. Would you agree?

    Some auto drivers give more room to a dead skunk than to a cyclist. Seems like we have a law enforcement problem.