Portland Civil Links 09/04/14

Summer vacation and clear 90 degree days are fading away. School and rain are on their way back, but so are football and the bike commute challenge. See how the week’s themes relate to civil engineering and the AEC industry.

  • Here at Civil PDX, we toured the pavement rehabilitation and preservation work underway at the Portland International Airport. I will leave it to you to decide if I deserve part of the blame for throwing off your travel plans this summer.
  • The BTA’s annual bike commute challenge is underway! Bike commuting is a great way to stay fit while making a small but real step toward air cleaner and less congested roads. Whether you are a cycling enthusiast or have never ridden, the challenge is a great way to get into using your our streets in a whole new way.
  • NFL football starts this week and the Oregonian had an idea of where you can go if you weren’t able to get tickets to see the Seahawks take on Green Bay. This is a great way to capitalize on the impressive architecture of both CenturyLink Field and downtown Seattle.
  • Finally, school is back in session, which means that school zone traffic safety should return to the front of our minds while driving. Here are 10 things to remember about driving in school zones, courtesy of Joseph Rose. Item 4 especially bears attention: “Research shows pedestrians have a 90 percent chance of surviving car crashes at 18 mph or below. However, their chances of survival from an automobile impact drop to less than 50 percent at 28 mph or above.”

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