We at River View Cemetery are saddened to have received this message from one of our members on Saturday. Our cemetery is literally caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the cycling community. What this visitor wrote is something we deal with every single day. We have tried over the years to work with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to seek a solution for cyclists to have a safe route along Taylors Ferry Rd. We voluntarily participate in the city’s transportation system to keep cyclists safe however this behavior continues. Riding in our sanctuary for the deceased is a privilege not a right. We do not have to keep our gates open as it is private property. We are asking the community to help us out, contact PBOT (503) 823-5185, if you are in the cycling community please respect the cemetery, its workers and families that entrust us to care for them and their decedents. Our rules are simple, please help us keep River View a safe place for everyone.
From one of our members:
Hello, I want to report an incident this afternoon upon arriving at the cemetery today - July 3rd. I was riding in a car driven by my father. We entered the cemetery through the lower gate off the Sellwood Bridge. Just as we passed through the gate we noticed a cyclist climbing the hill. He was traveling along the right side of the road. My dad is a very careful driver and was moving slowly. As we moved past the cyclist he began to veer into the car to the point that I was certain he would hit us. I looked over at him and tried to wave him away. He yelled at me: “I’m not going to move over, you bitch.” Needless to say I was horrified. Once we arrived at the chapel we noticed a dozen or more cyclists, most of whom were riding aggressively. It was obvious that we could not safely drive on the cemetery roads under the circumstances. This is not how a visit to a cemetery should go.