Cully needs streets more than cycle track

by: Courtesy of Portland Bureau of Transportation, An architectural rendering of the Cully Boulevard Improvement Project shows the proposed design for the city’s first “cycle track,” a modified bike lane elevated two inches above the motorist travel lane. Letter writers question whether improving sidewalks and streets in Cully shouldn’t have priority.

As a resident of the Cully Neighborhood, I welcome any improvements the city can do that increases livability (Cully project will bring city its first 'cycle track,' Feb. 5). That said, it is sad that there is no money to pave the gravel streets a few blocks away. Take a look at Northeast 62nd Avenue and Sumner Street if you want a laugh - and there are plenty more streets like that nearby.

Michael Frome

Northeast Portland

Neighborhood needs sidewalks first

Currently, children walk to school on the edge of the roads in the Cully neighborhood - none of the streets have sidewalks and some streets are not paved (Cully project will bring city its first 'cycle track,' Feb. 5). We can have bike lanes, but we need sidewalks on all of the streets first. To accommodate bicycles passing through the neighborhood just by improving one street and intersection does not improve the Cully neighborhood for residents.

The example in the article was a rider passing through the Cully neighborhood - not someone who lives in the neighborhood. The design looks fine, until a bicyclist gets run over by a resident backing out of a driveway or entering Cully from a side street. The physics just don't work in the cyclists' favor.

Mark Gravengaard

Northeast Portland

Public safety over a bike path

This city spending is nuts. We are going to cut $3.5 million from the police and even more from the fire department, but the city is spending money on a bike path (Cully project will bring city its first 'cycle track,' Feb. 5). I am all for a bike path, but not when the money is in such short supply. Why is it the public safety is the first to get cuts?

Walter Nichols

Southeast Portland

Transit mall needs a cycle track

The new transit mall downtown is another area that could use a cycle track, or banning bikes altogether (Cully project will bring city its first 'cycle track,' Feb. 5). Having bicyclists intermingling closely with buses and MAX trains along Fifth and Sixth avenues with the slick concrete pads (when wet) and MAX rails is a recipe for disaster, especially for bikers.

I severely broke my right ankle six months ago while falling off my bike, navigating a slow turn onto the oil-slicked, wet, smooth concrete pad along the light-rail line at the intersection of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Madison Street. Those smooth concrete pads are located at every intersection and need to be etched or roughened to keep pedestrians and bikers from falling.

Jim Ruff

Southeast Portland

Retrofitting is a win-win for all

The problem is that the banks have ratcheted down their credit lines and Portland General Electric and Pacific Power are under no obligation to really facilitate energy efficiency in individual homes (New lawmaker offers 'green jobs' proposal, Jan. 29).

If we are going to allow utilities to have a monopoly, then they need to be active in retrofitting programs with low interest loans. This is what's happening in California where utilities must import energy to keep it in supply.

Just check out all the rooftop warehouses in Chino, Calif., where companies are leasing rooftops and working with the utility to construct long-term energy generation and heating from solar collectors.

It's a win-win for all.

Where's that sort of initiative here in Oregon? Utilities have it too cozy with the regulating agency.

Clearly, our cheap hydro energy and coal-fired plants haven't motivated our regulatory agencies or utilities to move quicker and more effectively on this issue.

Pat Russell


The double standard for bankruptcy

There is a double standard in many areas of life between large companies and the rich versus the average Joe. One of the biggest discrepancies is on the topic of bankruptcy (State bankruptcies skyrocket, Jan. 29).

Individuals are discouraged against this shameful act, even though some very successful and notable names have filed - some repeatedly - without repercussion.

Here is a list of names you may know who have declared bankruptcy at least once:

Texaco Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Donald Trump, Larry King, Wayne Newton, Ted Nugent, Walt Disney, Milton Hershey, Kim Basinger, Don Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, George McGovern, Willie Nelson, Francis Ford Coppola, Mick Fleetwood, Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Ford, Henry Heinz, P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and Rembrandt.

We are sinking into a depression. Bad credit isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. You aren't a bad person because some mystery system has marks against you in its secret database. Get some sound financial advice, suck it up and move on. Who knows - you might just become famous. I believe in you!

Kelly Smith

Southeast Portland