River Views Property

Our annual don’t be a jerk in River View Cemetery submit – BikePortland.org

Please decelerate and trip with respect for others.
(Photograph: BikePortland)

One factor I’ve realized about doing each day native information in a fast-growing metropolis is that even when we’ve coated one thing a number of instances, many people who find themselves new to city are nonetheless at nighttime about some issues.

At the least I hope that’s the case with a latest incident in River View Cemetery.

So in case you’re new to city, please hear up: That forested path by the cemetery that takes you safely between the Sellwood Bridge and SW Palatine Hill Street/SW Terwilliger Blvd is personal property. We’re extraordinarily fortunate that the Board of Administrators of the nonprofit that runs the cemetery have given us (through the Metropolis of Portland) the precise to cross by. They do that as a result of there isn’t a different direct and secure possibility. And since they’re good folks. Suffice it to say, the River View path is a gem that’s used and adored by many — from commuters to racers and weekend warriors — and it’s a privilege to make use of it, not a proper.

“If this man would have hit me, I’d have been within the hospital with a number of damaged bones.”

Longtime readers of this web site will recall that we first raised a crimson flag about unsafe using behaviors in 2006. Then a couple of years later we coated the problem once more when the cemetery’s board threatened to put in velocity bumps to gradual folks down. The newest bout of disrespectful using occurred in 2017.

And I’m sorry to say I’ve as soon as once more fielded a involved name from River View’s new Govt Director Rachel Essig. She stated a person using his bicycle was going downhill “extraordinarily quick” and crashed with a girl who was using slowly uphill. The person was then “verbally abusive” to the rider he bumped into.

I received in contact with the sufferer a couple of days in the past. She stated she’s 62 and claims she was using uphill round a blind nook earlier than it occurred. “He got here across the nook so quick. I believed, he’s going to hit me, what am I going to do?!” Fortunately, she was capable of keep away from many of the affect and wasn’t significantly harm (apart from an enormous gash in her leg from the place it dug into her pedal).

“If this man would have hit me, I’d have been within the hospital with a number of damaged bones,” the girl advised me.

So as to add insult to damage, after the person flew right into a ditch to keep away from her, he allegedly received up and began yelling, “F*** you b****!”*

(UPDATE, 9:07 pm: The person concerned on this collision has shared a special model of the collision in a remark under.)

If that is the way it occurred, that is significantly impolite conduct — each the quick biking by the cemetery and the verbal abuse.

Indicators posted at each entries clearly say the highest velocity is 15 mph. Sure, meaning you’ll want to drag your brakes on the descent. If in case you have River View as a favourite section in Strava, you must take away it as such. Actually, you must contact Strava (like we and others have) and demand that they delete all cemetery segments from their system.

Once more. Please chorus from using like a jerk within the cemetery. And inform your pals that we may lose entry to this treasured route if the board will get uninterested in tolerating one of these conduct.

In associated information, take observe that the cemetery might be utterly closed to biking on Memorial Day Weekend — Could 25th by 27th — so as to acknowledge the solemn vacation when many individuals search peace with deceased family members.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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