To insure ALL studded tire users pay for damaging Portland’s roads, Were recommending that a Snow Park type permitting system be used. Outlying residents (Vancouver included) would avoid paying a sales tax, yet they use studded tires too. I-205 in Vancouver is totally stud tire damaged. A concrete road should last 25-35 years, The ruts now have to be filled with asphalt which only lasts 12 years, with studded tire use, only 6 years. This is a huge non-point source of C02. It’s important to lower our impact on the environment and this is a good place to start. Only 10% of drivers use studded tires. Tire technology has rendered studded tires pointless. It’s ridiculous the legislators have allowed Les Schwab to dictate how our roads are used.
It’s been over 5 years since I first attempted to ban studded tires from Oregon’s roads. The reason I started this was after I asked ODOT’S Matt Garret, “When are we going to ban studded tires?” His response, “Talk to Les Schwab”, yet ODOT sits on it’s hands and does nothing. The Oregon Legislators have done nothing either but fold under the pressure from Les Schwab. This is a testament to how broken democracy is and how big business makes the rules to continue their subsidies from taxpayers. It’s not just the Legislators but the media is to blame too, for only telling part of the story. OPB did a story on studded tires but failed to identify the real reasons nothing has been done for decades-Les Schwab. I commented on the article and the comment was swiftly removed, OPB stands for “public” broadcasting, right? I commented on an article last month on KVTZ TV’S studded tire article, they said some people feel “guilty” about using studded tires because of the damage. When I commented on the article it was swiftly removed. Bend Oregon is the home of corrupt Les Schwab, I guess you don’t bite the hand that feeds. Where’s “freedom of speech?” in all of this and public’s right to access all the information available? I know more about the studded tire issue than most of the legislators.
I attended several of Portland’s mayor road maintenance town halls. I mentioned studded tires and “why fix the roads only to have them chewed up again?” They acted like that wasn’t a problem, apparently they don’t look at the roads while their driving. It’s obvious that banning studded tires could save road users millions of dollars.
There’s a new mayoral candidate, Ted Wheeler, who claims as far back as March of 2010 that:
“I agree with those who say that metal studded tires do substantial damage to the roads. I’d love to see an estimate from ODOT. I believe that this is best addressed at the state level rather than with a patchwork of local ordinances that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We have family in Central Oregon so we go there a lot in all conditions without trouble. We don’t use metal studs – they are no longer necessary as there are lots of good alternatives now that don’t gouge the roads so badly.”
Hopefully Ted has the courage and clout to push the legislators to due their jobs, protecting taxpayers money and interest.
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I am a volunteer Ski Patroller and am on the Mountain about 3 weekends a month. I normally drive Subaru Outback with “Studdless” Traction tires (currently Blizzaks but I have used several others). Since getting away from studs 20+ years ago, I have never felt the need for them. Between patrolling and vacations, I drive thousands of miles on snow covered roads every year. The Studdless tires perform better on dry roads, wet roads, black ice, and just as well or better on snow and ice.
A couple of years ago, I nearly wrecked when hydroplaning on the water filled ruts in US26 near Alder Creek. I can’t think of any reason to continue to allow studded tires on any highways in the US. Some people argue that the ruts are caused by heavy traffic, but a quick look at highway where studs aren’t allowed shows that this is not true. Concrete roads just don’t develop ruts without studded tires. Asphalt roads occasionally have ruts from heavy trucks on very hot asphalt, especially when the base it inadequate. You can see the difference though, because studs take out the aggregate, while heavy trucks make a smooth rut. Most of our ruts in asphalt are rough, from the studs chipping out the aggregate.