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Readers' Letters: Bicyclists, pedestrians can all get along

This note is a plea for basic common courtesy when bikes, runners and walkers mix.

On a recent Sunday, while I was on my long weekend run on the George Rogers Park paved trail between the park and Old River Road, I had to quickly move to the right when somewhere between 12 and 15 bikes flew by me, weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic.

After around the 10th bike, I called out, “Hey, you should not even be on the trail.” Luckily, one of the last guys stopped and proceeded to inform me that they, in fact, do have the right to be on that trail as decreed by the city of Lake Oswego. I informed him that I was not concerned with the rules but more with common courtesy.

Back and forth we went with the same message in a somewhat heated exchange. “Look,” I said, “I run, I bike, I hike, I row, and all I am asking is respect for the safety and concern of others when road biking.”

I know that road bikers have a tough time with cars and such that don’t give them the respect they need for their safety. However, to hide behind a rule in the face of a potentially serious accident that could have been avoided with at least two other options (first, just slow down, and second, have the lead rider warn people of the pack size) is just not necessary.

Please, road bike community, you need to talk with one another, and don’t let this type of pedestrian/bike interaction deepen the poor reputation that the biking community often is tagged with.

Matt Murray

Lake Oswego

Enroll in long-term cancer study

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement and that research ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer”?

Residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will take place at several locations in the greater Portland metro area in partnership with Bridgeport Village, the city of Hillsboro, Sherwood YMCA and the Wilsonville Fred Meyer store.

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measurement. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3.

For more information, visit cancer.org/cps3, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Gretchen Groves

Southwest Portland

Improve can, bottle return method

As a supporter of Oregon’s first-in-the-nation bottle bill, enacted July 1971, my fisherman father left his pole at home.

Instead of trout, steelhead or chinook salmon, he returned from his favorite spots with stuffed gunnysacks of aluminum cans and glass bottles.

Though they hadn’t initiated refunds yet, he described his effort as a contribution so Oregonians could start anew with the implementation of the bottle bill.

As a young courtesy clerk, my contribution, as well as my first job, was counting thousands of dollars’ worth of such returnables.

My concern today regards a corporate stance that not only fights the expansion of our innovative bill but appears to discourage its cycle of implementation. Instinctively noting the refund procedures of various retail outlets, there appears to be a wide discrepancy with regard to courtesy and cleanliness. While still making the effort to return my cans and bottles, it seems many have come to avoid it. That’s wrong.

If the retail outlet that so efficiently extracted the deposit for your cans and bottles does not provide an equally clean and efficient method of refunding it, you have recourse. Implementation and enforcement of Oregon’s bottle bill, including various penalties and sanctions, lie with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. As explained to me, no modern store can survive without the sale of alcohol; so when the OLCC speaks, they listen.

So if you feel the process of returning your cans and bottles is less than pleasant, and you are perhaps skipping it altogether, don’t. Search “Oregon’s Bottle Bill - FAQ” and scroll down to noncompliance, enforcement or complaints.

Let’s see that everyone does their part to keep Oregon clean and green.

Viron Fessler

Gaston