Bike commuters struggle in mess after storm

Bike commuters struggle in mess after storm

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 1:28 PM

PORTLAND – Drivers can get back to their regular commute after an ice storm followed a snow storm last week, but cyclists still have a tough ride to work as cleaning up the Portland Metro area bike lanes could take weeks.

The Hawthorne Bridge bike counter recorded just over 300 bikes crossing on Friday. On a normal weekday, 4,000 to 5,000 bicyclists cross the bridge.

Only 32 bikes crossed on Sunday. That's the lowest number since the counter was installed in 2012.

After the treacherous roadway ice started melting Monday, standing water and slush still made it hard to get around.

Cyclists on BikePortland.org reported they were generally riding in the street or on bridge decks because bike lanes were just too dangerous.

Even the slush was starting to disappear Tuesday, but transportation officials warned that it might take weeks to clear gravel and deicer from the bike lanes. Drivers were warned to give cyclists a bit more room in the meantime.

ODOT: Storm cleanup could take weeks

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