The Oregonian is reporting that the person on bike struck during "Reach the Beach" near Grand Ronde has died.
Steven Y. Dayley of Camas, Wash., died of his injuries Saturday night at Salem Memorial Hospital.That's three deaths of people biking now in Polk County this year.
At 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Dayley was on a bicycle going west on the shoulder of Highway 18, when a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche truck, also going west, veered right to avoid traffic and struck the bicycle, according to an Oregon State Police release.
The driver of the truck was Fred Moore III, 24, of Battleground. He was not injured.
Dayley had joined other cyclists participating in the "Reach the Beach" bike ride, a popular American Lung Association cycling event. The ride started in four different locations throughout Willamette Valley and ended at the Oregon Coast in Pacific City. Dayley was not an official entrant of the ride.
Heartfelt condolences to friends and family of Steven Dayley.
In the paper today is an opinion piece about the Salem River Crossing:
A 1974 study considered six crossing options, including one at Pine Street NE, and concluded “no new crossing alternative was satisfactory... All had extensive impacts and costs ... No alternative emerged as a majority choice. Estimated costs for a new corridor also proved far in excess of available funds. Hence the proposal for building a new bridge in a new corridor was abandoned ...”Bassett notes that much more cost-effective solutions can be developed to address traffic near the bridges.
A 1980 study concluded: “It should be noted that the issue of bridge capacities is more complex than totaling the number of crossings. Actually, it is not the bridges per se but the capacity limitations of the abutting signalized intersections ...”
Projects costing tens of millions rather than hundreds of millions could improve circulation at both ends of the existing bridges, reducing backups for both eastbound and westbound traffic.While his proposals remain rooted in the primacy of the drive-alone trip, fundamentally he's on the right track.
Kenji in SJ Advertising
OBRA Director Kenji. While the wrap itself is excess paper, the images in the collage represented community interests, and this was a pleasant suggestion of bicycling going mainstream.