Seems like most of the angry activist cyclists here want all the rights and privileges of a pedestrian with none of the responsibilities of a vehicle operator. I can't count the number of times I've seen one of you bozos blocking traffic on major roads because you think you're a motor vehicle, only to cry like wittle babies when someone takes the slightest offense to your abuse of the law.
David, I'm not defending the driver in this accident at all. It's unfortunate that these accidents are what spur these discussions. That said, I think everyone is accountable for what's happening and we need to audit EVERYONE's behavior and encourage the city to create innovative solutions that don't favor specific groups. I'm sorry if that contradicts your philosophy and makes me a "nasty prick".
The kid in the park was not armed with a knife. He never threatened anyone with it. He was using the perfectly legal tool for a utilitarian purpose when the busy body next door to the park, went out of his way to harass him and then called the police under false pretenses. The kid only tried to explain, but cops never listen to reason. A complaint is all the justification the Joint Terrorism Task Force believe they need to shoot an innocent civilian.
I think it's funny that cyclists never claim responsibility for anything. I drive all day for my job and yes, people in cars do stupid things about every 30 seconds or so. entitled cyclists driving on roads, on a grid designed for cars also running red lights and stop signs etc. Assuming that cars can just stop on a dime, especially a large truck, is just ignorant. I think instead of simply blaming the driver of the car, try being a little more open minded and realistic and maybe use better judgment as a cyclist, and ride as if every car is not going to see you or be able to stop. Expecting to be viewed as an equal on the road is just silly, you're not sharing the road with cars, they are trying to share it with you.
Was Reister mentally stable? How do we know he committed suicide? Maybe he just thought it was a bean bag train?
...and to think I thought that nobody got it.
So I am confused did a ginger put his junk in some cuckolds oatmeal?
Darin, what is your problem? In all the cases in this story the driver was at fault. Those bike riders make your air cleaner and your roads less congested. Why are you on here just being nasty prick? Do you have anything constructive to say?
TheMercury should do better than passive-voice language like "a…cyclist was hit by a Jeep Cherokee," which discards any notion the driver might have been responsible for their actions. The driver of a Jeep Cherokee hit a cyclist. These things don't happen of their own volition.
As for drivers' education on cyclists, well, I learned to drive in Washington, but surely Oregon programs cover "red means stop"?
Turns out it was a resident that led the chase that got the shooter. Makes more sense.
"As an employee at one of said businesses that signed, I personally know we and many of our neighbors signed the petition to just make him go away." Seriously. This guy was just a jerk about approaching our business and basically refused to have reasonable patience or listen to any requests about when we were available and I'm sure he browbeat a number of people into signing it to make him go away.
"The businesses on NE Alberta, including bars and restaurants, which see much, much higher sales [on] Last Thursday have been extremely resistant to pay for anything."
NOPE. The business I work at consistently does less in sales on Last Thursday than on regular Thursdays. My guess from talking to other people who work on the street is that any extra money they make is outweighed by the many further expenses and risks of being open that day. As exemplified by a few bars deciding to close on last Thursday. Most of the workers on the street hate it and want it to go away. I've been working on Alberta for 12years now and it's always been awful but now there's this dumb romanticism of it. It sucks. End Last Thursday.
Master Blaster runs Barter Town.
Just further proof that people who go to Salt n' Straw are the absolute worst.
^^^ Good idea. Maybe do the same for bicyclists - regulate their driving knowledge just like any other motorist.
Guys just can't help it, we're primally fascinated by smokin' hot tuna-melt sandwiches.
This is a horrible intersection. However, I think new drivers need to have a whole biking course that is a part of their driving education. I can't speak for everyone, but I think the majority of people who bike, understand the laws of the road as not only a cyclist but also as a vehicle driver. Not all drivers understand the right away or rules of cycling. Education along with changes to certain intersections and roads could prevent some of these accidents.
(1) He was a mentally unstable adult, creating a disturbance in a park while armed with a knife - not a learning impaired juvenile. (2) It was a standard .12 00 load, which he had mistakenly loaded into a Less Lethal designated weapon, not a "fake bean bag." (3) He was terminated from employment by PPB for his mistake. (4) His name was Dane Reister. He committed suicide last week by walking in front of a train.
What's great is that was a decent deli not seven years ago, maybe nine. So it's a return to form.
This article conveniently circumnavigates the main reason why creative culture is suffering in Portland. It take s way more money to live here than it did 20/10/5 years ago so those with the luxury of time to "do their own rad thing" is dwindling. Portland's creative culture and "creative type" status is directly proportionate to independent wealth anymore.
Just saying that people need to "get off their asses" and do creative stuff is somewhat of an insult to those of us who have to get off our asses and fontina job with hours and pay for our shit first.
Obviously the majority of people who can afford to rent a home, a studio and manage to pay for their lifestyle as an artist are getting dollars from some other sources in the sky. I wish we could all acknowledge this reality and have a real discussion about art and class.
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