As of Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Steep hills, narrow streets, and prolific foliage help give Hood River its beauty and character.
However, such features bring problems, too.
This is the second in a series of photos of potentially dangerous locations where motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians converge. Safety solutions will vary, but the main purpose of “Danger Zones” is awareness.
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This week: 13th and Taylor streets, on the Heights (photo looking north)
Foliage blocks view to the north by drivers on Taylor.
This crosswalk becomes a well-used route in July and August with increased use of Jackson Park, especially with the popular Movies in the Park and Families in the Park films and concerts.
The hill: 13th rises quickly, and on a slight curve, making it difficult to see what’s in the two lanes of south-bound traffic — until vehicles are right at the crosswalk.
Speed: many cars take the rise faster than the posted 25-mph limit.
This is the gateway to the congested Heights area and its increasingly busy commercial district between Taylor and Belmont. New businesses include the child-friendly Life Rocks, between Taylor and B streets.
Foliage: low-lying shore pines sit directly in the line of sight of any car on Taylor trying to get a view south. Overhang from the residence on the corner, and Jackson also cuts off the view.
Trim the foliage. (We love our oxygen-bearing plants and trees, but sometimes they just have to be cutback from the right-of-way, in the interest of safety.)
Also, the city could borrow the bright orange hand-held flags from Westside School, where they are underused this time of the year, or invest in a new set. Post them at Taylor and 13th for folks to use for safer crossings this summer.