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(KTVB Boise)   Worst female driver in the world vs. biggest douchebags in the world   ( ktvb.com) divider line
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2013-04-24 12:01:03 AM  

berylman: I hate to do this but she was driving a Pontiac Parisiennet?
/surely not right

Looks like a late 90s Chevy Malibu.  I drive a 99 Malibu, so it was familiar.
2013-04-24 12:02:20 AM  

lordargent: The driver was not cited.

The fark?!

Welcome to Portland, where the cops don't write traffic tickets and the traffic law doesn't matter.  That's right, it's like a steering wheel on a locomotive, it just doesn't matter.
2013-04-24 12:06:32 AM  

doglover: lordargent: The driver was not cited.

The fark?!

No laws were broken.

Failure to obey a traffic control device (unless the tweakers recycled it for meth money again, there is a NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES sign at the start of that roadway), failure to drive on the right (albeit this would be impossible for a vehicle wider than the lanes), and operating a motor vehicle in a NMV lane.  Since the vehicle in question is wider than the lanes on that roadway, oversize load without a permit.  The NMV lane violation and failure to obey traffic control are the most likely to be cited and most likely to stick... the fact no citation written is just typical Portland.
2013-04-24 12:08:03 AM  

MasterPython: Don't they usually put a post in the middle of the entrances to stop that?

They're typically stolen for meth money in that area.  It's not like they can put a permanent post in on most cycleways, maintenance of way vehicles still need to access it.
2013-04-24 12:10:41 AM  

jaytkay: We have a new experimental bike lane here in Chicago.

Two-way bike traffic on a one-way street.

With separate red & green traffic lights for bikes.

I think it's going to confuse the fark out of everybody - drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

/ Cyclist

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That's a two-way street, but one direction only has a bicycle lane.  Somewhat common in Portland, particularly at intersections.  Strange that they're just floating a parking lane way out in the middle, though.  Hope cyclists turning across the parking lane have their own turn signal phase since you wouldn't be able to change to the right lane to turn with the bike lane being all the way left behind a parking lane like that.
2013-04-24 12:14:31 AM  

scottydoesntknow: jaytkay: We have a new experimental bike lane here in Chicago.

Two-way bike traffic on a one-way street.

With separate red & green traffic lights for bikes.

I think it's going to confuse the fark out of everybody - drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

/ Cyclist

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Well you can't make an omelette without cracking a few eggs...

That's pretty farked up though. Why would cyclists need separate lights?

Cycletrack is behind a no-lane-change median and a parking strip, so it's legally, and largely physically, impossible to make a lane change to the right lane to turn right.  Left turns from the general access lanes would also need to be restricted to allow through traffic on the cycle lanes through.  If you've ever seen a bus track, same signalization rules and turn restrictions would need to be in play to give the track priority.
2013-04-24 12:16:53 AM  

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: Some bikers, however, had trouble getting around the car.

Ahhh... The irony...


You'd have a point if basic mobility wasn't a fundamental freedom, and driving wasn't a revocable privilege that society subsidizes.  No, your gas tax and registration fees doesn't even cover the wear and tear to the roadways such a heavy vehicle causes.
2013-04-24 12:18:29 AM  

EViLTeW: Pathetic of them not to show where she turned onto the bike path from.  I chased it down on google maps and it doesn't appear to be signed as bikes only, but it doesn't look like the kind of road you should be turning down, either.  It looks like a service road or bike path.

WSDOT has an ongoing battle there:

1. WSDOT installs the correct signage.
2. Tweakers steal the signs and recycle them for meth money.
3. Rinse, repeat ad nauseum.
2013-04-24 12:21:35 AM  

Outshined_One: /Can't wait for this disaster to turn Ashland into a wasteland.

So we're ignoring that criminals tend to use getaway cars, not run to the nearest BRT station and wait?
2013-04-24 12:37:17 AM  

Outshined_One: I already want to open my door on 90% of the cyclists who use Milwaukee.

You sure it's a smart idea to confess to assault?
2013-04-24 12:41:20 AM  

serial_crusher: LumberJack: berylman: I hate to do this but she was driving a Pontiac Parisiennet?
/surely not right

You're right, that is incorrect. It's a simple Chevy Malibu, only reinforcing how ancient the driver must have been.

That's the Classic actually.  In 2005 and 2006 i think, they had a bunch of parts left over from the older Malibu body style and re-released them as the "classic".

/ Same car I drive.  Same color too.
// Mine's got a spoiler though.  That's right, deluxe edition.

I laugh when I see those, the damn thing's FWD...
2013-04-24 12:44:53 AM  

LoneVVolf: "Authorities decided the best thing to do was walk the car to the Oregon side. One northbound lane was closed for about an hour, but traffic was not significantly affected. Some bikers, however, had trouble getting around the car."

I'm going to spend the next 5 years mastering violin just so i can play the world's tiniest one for those bikers...

Never mind that there'd be about 10% more cars on that bridge if it weren't for the NMV traffic.  I will give Portland some credit:  They're a little bit ahead of the curve for most of America when it comes to transportation options.  Which is good, because in Portland, this woman's driving is typical of the region, and you're a smaller, cheaper target on a bicycle than you are if you take out your big expensive car.  And with gas typically around $4 and high motorist volumes as it is, why put up with that?  The NMV lane is typically the only ones that move during daylight hours.
2013-04-24 12:45:48 AM  

Feral_and_Preposterous: serial_crusher: well done subby.

FTFA: He could not believe the driver was not cited

I'm right there with him.  Accidents happen but responsible people own up to their mistakes.

How is not being cited not "owning up" to your mistake? Should they have begged the police for a ticket? Do you think there's a big chance (now that they've gotten away with inconveniencing themselves so massively) they're really fired up to go do it again?

Weapons grade stupidity needs to either be dropped by our soldiers on the enemy or be expensive.  This was neither.
2013-04-24 12:49:35 AM  

Feral_and_Preposterous: If she is senile or old or something, though, I do think that she should be tested to see if she should be driving at all.

Oregon and Washington's excessively old population successfully got both states to remove the ability for people to request an individual be required to retest to keep their license.
2013-04-24 12:50:32 AM  

jaytkay: It's the bee-line between downtown Chicago and one of the densest hipster havens in the US.

I thought that was the Amtrak Empire Builder:  Portland Union to Chicago Central.
2013-04-24 12:52:01 AM  

morg: I think the Portland cops are acknowledging the fact that there are no barricades and possibly poor signage where she entered.

You're giving Portland cops too much credit.  Too busy polishing riot gear to even be arsed to go to the donut shop.
2013-04-24 12:57:07 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: AloysiusSnuffleupagus: doglover: lordargent: The driver was not cited.

The fark?!

No laws were broken.

Right, no laws, like "This lane is for bicycles only."  Nope, none at all.  I live with my mom.

That's not a law

2013-04-24 01:01:45 AM  

SpaceBison: I like how they put the entrance to the bike path right at the end of a cul-de-sac.
http://maps.google.com/?ll=45.604539,-122.555974&spn=0.000937,0.0009 27 &t=h&z=20

It's not.   The turning circle isn't at the end of the street, the street just gets too narrow to turn around past that.  For some reason, the region loves one-lane dead-ends with no turnouts or turn around.  I lived on one that had the bonus points of living on a half-mile long dead-end one-lane with no turnaround and no turnouts, with a blind hill in the middle.  If you happened to be entering the street and encountered someone trying to get out, you'd have to back all the way out of the block...
2013-04-24 01:03:37 AM  

DemDave: Here, I did the legwork for you bozos.

This appears to be the bridge in question. Even has street view for the bike path.

But even with all that help, I still can't figure out how a car gets on there. Maybe one of you will have better luck finding an entrance where a driver could get confused.

North end.  South end has a turn too tight for most motorized vehicles overhanging a nice drop onto Airport Way.
2013-04-24 01:08:25 AM  

Hollie Maea: ThatGuyGreg: Not shown: the bike lane entrance.

/lazy assholes

I often ride that bridge.  I can assure you that it would take a massive amount of talent to end up there in a car.

/Another favorite for dumbass drivers around here is the light rail tunnel that goes under the zoo.

Going through the skylight in the track tunnel just east of the subway station at Sunset Transit Center is a common one too.  First weekday the MAX was opened, some farker with a BAC of .27 did that and claimed they thought it was the way onto the Sunset.  Just goes to show that Portland is so hazardous to mental health that people are getting hammered over breakfast...
2013-04-24 01:10:32 AM  

Hollie Maea: At some point she saw this and thought "This looks legit.  I'll bet this is how people get from Washington to Oregon"

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Jesus, WSDOT really let that segment go...seriously guys, repaint the fog lines and centerline, that segment's hard enough to see the pavement edge in the rain or dark without proactive neglect.
2013-04-24 01:12:56 AM  

Hollie Maea: She had to drive on the little path for about a quarter of a mile or so before she even got to the bridge.  The images in the article show she almost made it to Government Island before she got stuck, so that's about a mile on the bridge.

At least she had a nice view:

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Nice photoshop work.  In real life, the bridge fades into a gray misty fog before the shoreline.
2013-04-24 01:17:30 AM  

Apik0r0s: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Nice spacesuit, Lance.

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Nothing wrong with riding a bike. Playing dress up attention whore makes me wish she had plowed through a crowd of them at 60mph.

I pointed this out to someone the other day.  "Nobody seems to bother me when I'm riding to work, but everyone, drivers and cyclists alike, have no patience with me on training rides.  I'm not doing anything different."  "You sure about that?" "Well, I wear my work clothes while I'm commuting."  "It's the lycra."  "Seriously?" "Yes, save the track clothes for the velodrome.  Consider it resistance training."
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