But there is one "season" for riding that I truly dread, and that is Wet Leaves Season, which starts in late October. The deciduous trees have changed color. And nothing makes leaves fall like rain. We had a fairly dry October, but each week has had a few rain days. And with that, a fresh layer of wet leaves on the streets.
Of course, Portland's best bicycle routes, our bicycle boulevards, are on low-traffic side streets lousy with street trees. You can see what that leads to...
To top it off, the city actually picks up leaves in certain leafy neighborhoods. Sometime later this month they'll come by in trucks and suck up the leaf piles and haul it to a composting facility. Where are these piles? On the side of the street, of course. Theoretically the leaves should be in the "parking" lane but they tend to spill into bike lanes. And while the leaf pick-up is primarily for the street trees, but nothing stops the homeowners from adding the leaves from their yards.
And there have been a few cases of unsavory types putting rocks and other debris in the bike lanes and then covering it up with the leaves. Yikes!
So until the trees finish dropping their leaves sometime later this month, I'll be riding around cautiously. Especially when the streets are wet. Especially at night.