East Tabor Drive, on the east side of Mt. Tabor, has been closed since spring 2020, part of PBOT’s pandemic response. Here’s the segment of road I’m talking about:
However after all the other roads in the park re-opened, East Tabor has remained closed to automobiles. There are barricades and a gate at the bottom and barricades at the top. Does PBOT (or Portland Parks & Rec) intend to make this permanent? It’s been really nice not to have to worry about cars as I climb / descend. (In pre-pandemic times the gate was only closed on Wednesdays.)
Yesterday I saw a car approach the top barricades, then the driver got out and pulled one aside and drove down the closed segment of road, around the corner and out of sight. I dismounted and pulled the barricade back into position (my passive-aggressive FU to 'em I suppose) and I found it amazingly flimsy and lightweight… anyone can throw these things around with ease, they’re PVC plastic. Yes, it’s a dead end as long as the gate at the bottom remains locked, but it seems like any driver can get in there if they want.
Anyhow, I caught up with the car a moment later and, no surprise, the driver and passenger were parked with their windows down smoking meth (complete with the tell-tale glass “love rose” pipe).
So yeah, maybe we need a gate at the top too.