Watch Your Speed Limit on the Burnside Bridge

Back in Portland. Spent the week in Seattle, producing the Podcast Hotel. Eating the logger breakfast at the Doug Fir, home of the original Podcast Hotel last September. Couldn’t sleep. Happens, I think, when you feel like you’re in a circus. :-).

I asked the cab driver who picked me up ar Union Station if he’s noticed more traffic on the Burnside Bridge. No, he said, but they have photo radar and one cabbie got nailed going 45 mph. A walloping $335 ticket. Ouch.

I told him I’ll have to watch my speed on my bike.

Funny note. He said he once organized an event where the food was so bad that the 18-year-olds did not go back for seconds. lol. He never thought you could really make grey stew. Yuck.

3 Comments so far

  1. Spark (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 8:17 am

    Thank goodness for motorcycle helmets with tinted faceshields! ;)

  2. Mike Bigham (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    You’ll frequently find photo radar on the west side on ramp to the Sellwood Bridge and just on the east side of the Morrison Bridge. Look for the temporary signs that say “Photo Radar Enforced”. The radar van will be just around the corner.

  3. against photo radar in PDX (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    Yes, I know very well this Burnside photo radar. Last year, I was going East over the Burnside Bridge. The ticket I annoying received in the mail said I was going 35 mph in a 25 mph and it was just under $200.

    However, it’s 25 mph just before the bridge and 35 mph on the bridge. The photo van said I was going 35 mph at SW 1st. When I went back to check and be sure I was right (I KNOW I wasn’t speeding), I found that SW 1st is actually under the Burnside Bridge which means I was on the bridge and thus in the speed limit.

    I petitioned the ticket and was given a credit of $20 (whoop – d – doooo…) – My word against a van/camera that many times you can’t see. No cop you can talk to – so frustrating!

    So what I want to know is what was the credit for? They would never give me a reason for the return of $20. If I was really speeding I should pay the fine…so why the credit? What do you think PDX?

    Alas, watch those photo vans…they are stealing from PDXers…

    So if you pass me driving ‘granny’ slow on the burnside bridge – you’ll know why.

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