Today’s Ask WeBikeEugene segment answers a question that I asked myself:
I had an interesting interaction with a car driver a few weeks ago at the intersection of the Fern Ridge Bike Path and City View St, where the path has a grade level street crossing and also switches sides of the river. This interaction went far better than an interaction I wrote about last summer, but also raised an interesting question: Exactly who has the right-of-way when the bike paths crosses the road with a crosswalk, the biker or the driver?
In practice, whoever has the right-of-way at these crossings really doesn’t matter. The WBE-recommended method for handling these crossings on a bike is to slow down, make eye contact with any approaching drivers, and then do whatever the driver expects you to do – either cross or stop. Obviously if they stop, you go, and if they go, then you stop. This method keeps everyone alive and happy, and has served me well for years – but what does the law say?
Before we get this article underway, I’d like to acknowledge that I am, indeed, blatantly ripping off the idea for this feature from BikePortland. If you can’t beat ’em (and who could?) join ’em copy ’em.
Today’s question stems from a hodgepodge of posts that showed up on the GEARs mailing list over the last few days. Posts like:
“The River Trails were great yesterday! However, the leaves are falling at a good rate and are starting to cover the pavement in spots, really well, hiding those areas that may cause someone to fall or worse.”
“I’d love to know the answer to how often they clear off the river paths. I roller blade (yesterday) as well as bike (today on my rain bike – ’93 Specialized Rockhopper) and last winter I was EXTREMELY PLEASED to find the paths occasionally cleared. Or maybe it was my imagination? Or maybe it was the wind? I really don’t know. Does anyone?”
So how often does the City clear the leaves on the off-street (multi-use) bike paths? Did the budget cuts which we were warned about back in April affect this schedule? What can we do when we encounter a path blocked by leaves?
These are the questions that I asked the City of Eugene’s intrepid Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker. I summarize and expand on his answers after the jump!