Ride Along with Kathleen McDade: Gateway to Ventura Park
June 11, 2014 - box office
This post is partial of a special concentration on easterly Portland this week.
Not any bike outing easterly of I-205 is terrible. In fact, tools of Kathleen McDade’s daily invert from Gateway to Ventura Park are officious pleasant. But as is mostly a box here in easterly Portland, it’s a crossings of vital arterials that unequivocally make her nervous.
This morning we assimilated Kathleen for her daily invert from her unit circuitously a Gateway Town Center (NE Weidler and 112th) to Ventura Park Elementary School (route map here).
Kathleen, 43, her husband, and their 3 kids (ages 8, 11, and 14) live in a second-floor unit usually west of where NE Halsey splits and forms a couplet with Weidler. When we initial met Kathleen several years ago she had an Xtracycle load bike that she used to transport her kids around. Now a kids are grown-up and roving their possess bikes and Kathleen has sole a Xtracycle. “Living on a second building done it tough to have a Xtracycle,” she pronounced as she got prepared to leave this morning.
Kathleen works during a mechanism lab during Ventura Park Elementary School, that is usually about 1.2 miles south of her apartment. The McDade family owns one car, though her father leaves early in a morning and drives it to his pursuit as a propagandize train driver.
With her kids sleeping divided a start of their summer break, Kathleen cumulative her purse into a front basket of her purple Schwinn hybrid and carried it down a stairs. It was usually a few pedal strokes before we were face-to-face with complicated traffic.
Westbound Weidler is bustling in a mornings. It’s a one-way travel and people expostulate fast. “They provide it like a freeway,” Kathleen pronounced as we pulled into a street. As many of we know all too well, a daily life of a bike commuter is full of decisions. In Kathleen’s case, as she comes to Weidler she has dual choices: cranky immediately from a drive of her unit formidable afterwards make a initial left during NE 111th, or — if there are no breaks in trade — get onto a bike line and afterwards make a two-stage left spin during a vigilance during 111th.
Heading south, 111th turns into a quiet, area street. There are no sidewalks, though low trade volumes, speed humps, and soaring trees make it feel calm, rustic, and indeed utterly enjoyable. Kathleen pronounced many of her students live along this street. On her lapse outing after propagandize she sees many of them personification in their yards and waves “hi” from her bike.
This pleasing partial of a float comes to an finish during NE Glisan, that Kathleen says is a misfortune partial of her commute. Glisan is 5 customary lanes here (two in any instruction and a core spin lane) and speeds are high. Traffic comes from both directions and in sequence to continue south, Kathleen has to lope easterly to 113th. To make matters worse, there’s no noted crosswalk or other assist to assistance her get across. She simply has to watch, wait, and wish for a best. (Sometimes, generally on her approach home Kathleen said, people in cars get desirous and indignant while she waits for a vast adequate opening to make it across.) Fortunately this morning there was a vast opening in trade and we didn’t have to wait too prolonged to get opposite safely.
After we done it across, Kathleen and we pulled over to chat.
“They’re regulating a channel during 117th, since that’s where someone got killed a while ago.”
The nearest noted crosswalks to assistance her opposite Glisan are during 102nd and afterwards during 117th. “We’re right in a middle,” she said. And afterwards added, “They’re regulating a channel during 117th, since that’s where someone got killed a while ago.”
Kathleen was referring to Vijay Dalton-Gibson, a 59-year-old lady who was struck and killed on Dec 18th of final year while perplexing to make it opposite Glisan.
“I’m all about being some-more direct, and roving on 122nd is not a lot of fun.”
As a proffer Walk and Bike Coordinator during Ventura Park Elementary School, Kathleen also laments that nothing of her students who live north of Glisan (which is usually 0.6 miles from a school) travel or bike to school. “It’s tough to inspire them to use active travel when they consider it’s too dangerous.”
Glisan’s dangers and that deadly collision import heavily on Kathleen’s mind since subsequent year her soon-to-be nine-year-old daughter will be fasten her on this same invert trip. Why not usually go over to 102nd or 117th for a safer crossing? “That’s a large disproportion on a bike, generally for a nine-year-old,” she replied. “And a blocks are unequivocally big.”
Like many bike riders, Kathleen pronounced she prefers a shortest, many approach route. “Google Maps tells me a bike track for my outing is on 122nd since there are bike lanes; though that’s twice as long. I’m all about being some-more direct, and roving on 122nd is not a lot of fun.”
South of Glisan on 113th, we enjoyed a few some-more blocks of a quiet, residential sourroundings before entrance to East Burnside. The vigilance doesn’t trigger for bikes during this intersection, so Kathleen rolls into a crosswalk and adult a path ramp to press a symbol and wait for a travel signal.
The MAX light rail runs on Burnside, that means there’s usually one customary line in any direction. Combined with a bike-only line a comparatively slight cross-section helps keep automobile speeds down. This singular multiple — a vital arterial with a bike line and usually one line of comparatively slow-moving automobile trade — has done Burnside a renouned bike route. Kathleen pronounced it feels flattering protected to her.
The propagandize is usually south of Burnside, creation Kathleen’s invert really brief (only about 1.2 miles) and comparatively sweet. As she sealed adult her bike during a racks out front, she pronounced biking still isn’t a vital thing during Ventura Park Elementary School; though she’s operative on it. Most students are bussed in and Kathleen pronounced on good days there competence be 7-8 bikes in a racks.
Kathleen has a lot of honour in this area. She and her father both graduated from circuitously David Douglas High School, and their kids are expected to do a same. Hopefully, as a bike entrance improves around here, a McDades will continue to be a biking family for many years to come.
Thanks for vouchsafing me join we this morning Kathleen.
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