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THE STUDDED TIRE ISSUE STILL NOT RESOLVED

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.

I spent $300 of my own money to have this site hosted.  I put lots of valuable information here and wanted the public to know the truth behind studded tires and why their still legal and with no fee for their use.  I still receive all the news about the studded tire issue and will be posting information as it becomes available.
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Oregonian Editorial Board Reverses Support for Studded Tire Ban

The Oregonian Editorial Board reversed their support for a studded tire ban in today’s paper:

An effort to place a studded-tire ban on the November ballot fizzled last week, when backers failed to turn in enough signatures by the state’s filing deadline. Unfortunately, a fight could be looming anyway, as the man behind the proposed ban says he’ll bring the matter to the Legislature, which has turned aside numerous such attempts in the past.

Here’s hoping for legislative consistency.

Essentially the Op Ed says that studded tire users should get a little more traction a couple days a year, while we have to hydroplane in ruts year round. Something doesn’t seem right about that.

I asked Lucy Moore, ODOT’s maintenance person, about the accuracy of the $40 million damage estimate,  her response was that it’s probably closer to $500 million.

If the cost were so low, wouldn’t ODOT’s $4 billion annual budget afford the fixing of studded tire ruts. That’s only 1% of the budget, there shouldn’t be any ruts if they are following through with that level of maintenance.

The Oregonian Editorial Board wants to maintain the status quo–a system that is highly unfair for the 84% of us who do not use studded tires.  The 16% of drivers that use studded tires need to to pay for the undue burden they cause to our roadways, just as truckers pay for their impact via a Weight-Mileage tax.  It’s time studded tire users pay their way.

Senator Ted Ferrioli of Baker and Eastern Oregon uses stud-less snow tires to attend session in January, he thinks they work fine.

Les Schwab’s business interest is behind the failure of the Legislature to act on this issue. A Les Schwab tire dealer chaired the Transportation Committee that failed to act on the proposed inadequate point of sale fee of $12.

One studded tire chews up a half to three quarters of a ton of asphalt over it’s life.  Studded tire use in Portland cuts our road life in half.  Studded tire use poses serious environmental hazards, spewing asphalt dust into our lungs.  We cannot afford these environmental impacts any longer.

Before Bend Bulletin’s Erik Lukens was hired as as the Oregonian’s new Editorial Page Editor, the Editorial Board endorsed our Initiative.

I spoke at the Democrats of Deschutes County meeting, 80% of the room wanted studded tires banned. I gathered signatures in Bend too, I got 75 signatures at an event only 2 people wouldn’t sign. I gathered 3000 signatures myself and talked with lots of people, the vast majority want studded tires banned. The residents of Deschutes county care about our infrastructure.

Please comment on the article with your take on the issue.

 

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