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This weekend we have our annual Kidical Mass family bike camping trip and we have a family coming up from Sacramento to join us (Hi Elle!!). When asked about things to see and do in Eugene in her couple of days before the trip I decided I should write a post about it and get other’s input too. So here are some of my suggestions. Add yours in the comments and I’ll work them into the post to use as a reference for others. This will be mostly focused on families wanting to bike around Eugene. Speaking of which, did you catch that article in Bicycle Times a few months ago titled “The Search for Neverland” about a families bike visit in Eugene? Highly recommended.
Here, in no particular order, are some suggestions for places to see and things to do for families visiting Eugene by bike:
If you’re here on the third Saturday of the month you have to join us for Kidical Mass!
Stop by CAT. The Center for Appropriate Transport can be like a toy shop for both adults and kids who like bikes. They have a rideable museum where you can check out various bikes and take them for a spin around the neighborhood and down to the river path. They also have a DIY shop to fine tune your machines. Good place to top off the air and do your ABC Quick Checks…you do know the ABC Quick Check, right?! Just be sure you don’t let the kids run back into the powder coating/welding/machine shop area. ..though the bathroom is back in that direction. Plug the kids into a bike movie and check out all the cool resources.
Explore the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path system. This is a give me and a must. Here’s a map (pdf). Many of the following places can be found riding along or near the path:
Via Oregon Department of Transportation:
How can we turn challenges into opportunities to help inform policy development?
The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting a series of Listening Meeting Workshops to hear from you on key policy issues that relate to walking and biking in Oregon. At the workshops, we will ask specific questions related to critical destinations, connectivity, and safety that will help inform policy development for the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (OBPP). The workshop will include an introductory presentation of the OBPP, highlight opportunities and challenges learned to date, and then break into table discussions. Please plan to attend the full workshop.
Space is limited! To register for one of the following workshops, register below or go to the ODOT Get Involved webpage
Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Listening Meeting Workshop
September 17, 9:00a-11:30am
Eugene Library (100 W 10th Ave)
Can’t attend the workshop in person? Stay tuned for our virtual open house that will be available in September for you to provide feedback.
Project Background – What is the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan?
The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is a modal plan developed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission. Statewide transportation modal plans (e.g. Highway, Rail and Public Transportation) and topic plans (e.g. Freight, Transportation Options) further define and implement the goals, policies and strategies of the Oregon Transportation Plan and help to guide the development, investment and management of Oregon’s transportation system. The most recent version of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was adopted in 1995. Since that time, the design portion has been extracted and updated. An update of the policy elements is currently underway, and will include the development of a vision for biking and walking in Oregon, a policy structure for decision-making and other information to support biking and walking in the context of the transportation system. It is anticipated that the Plan will be developed over about two years. To assist in Plan development, ODOT has formed a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) each comprised of key stakeholders throughout the State. Please visit the website for more information.
For more information contact:
Stephanie Millar, ODOT Senior Planner
Meeting spaces are ADA accessible. Special accommodations will be provided upon request – please call (503) 986-4224 one week prior to the associated workshop.
GEARs is holding it’s general meeting this Saturday as a lead up to the Blackberry bRamble and it’s being held in conjunction with a dinner and movie to support the City of Eugene’s Adaptive Recreation program. Come out to support the program and have some fun pre-bRamble. The event will be on Saturday, August 2 at 6:00 pm at the Hilyard Community Center. The cost of the dinner is $10.00 and you can pre-pay on the at the bRamble Registration page or pay at the door. All proceeds will be given to the Adaptive Recreation Program.
During dinner there will be special GEARs sponsored presentation.Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take an extended bicycle tour? Or maybe you are an experienced bicycle tourer and won
dered what the route from Kanas City to Washington D.C. is like. If you come to the dinner you can find out all about the tour four GEARs members took earlier this summer. Lyn Gilman-Garrick will give a
presentation of the tour she took with Ray Hull, Art Sather and Edana Paz from Kanas City, Mo. to Washington D.C.
Be sure to stick around after the meeting for a movie in the park powered by Pedal Power Music. As a part of the evening’s entertainment there will be a screening of Breaking Away, starting around 9:00pm.
I’ve often thought there are a lot of ways that people on bikes benefit from being part of “Track Town USA”. People running and biking are using “active transportation” and whether along our streets or on our off-street paths we all want respect out on our public right-of-ways and whether we’re out getting from point A to point B or out recreating we all win with better personal health and a more livable community.
This week the International Association of Athletics Foundations (IAAF) World Junior Championship has arrived in Eugene. The six-day meet, which is coming to the U.S. for the first time in history, will be held July 22-27. It features competition between the world’s best track and field athletes under the age of 20. There are more than 1,500 athletes from 175 countries represented. I’ve already seen some of them out exploring Eugene, walking along the river and even riding bikes around.
Part of the events goals are to reduce emissions by becoming the first carbon neutral IAAF championship event. All event operations at Hayward Field will be powered by 100% carbon free GreenPower from EWEB and all event travel emissions in Oregon will be neutralized through a third-party carbon offset provider.
Athletes and fans will be engaged in sustainability through a “We Can!” booth at the event, where they can participate in a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and earn a commemorative Oregon 2014 medallion made from reclaimed wood from local sources. The booth will also be powered by Pedal Power!!
As the City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention Manager Ethan Nelson puts it, “a majority of people pay attention to sport, it is where our highest ideals of our self and community are embodied. When we collectively work together to create an ‘ecosystem’ that carries an event’s activities out into the community and vice versa, we are really creating a better world for future generations.”
So what the heck does this have to do with biking in Eugene?! Well one of the stops on the Sustainability Scavenger Hunt is the University of Oregon Bike Program at the UO Outdoor Program Barn (at 18th & University) and they need some volunteers! They’ll be doing flat fix repairs and some interactive bike crafts and could use some help from the local bike community. It’s a great opportunity to see the action around Hayward field and introduce people from around the world to our awesome cycling scene. If you’d like to help out please email Briana (borr (at) uoregon (dot) edu) and let her know when you can lend a hand.
The City of Eugene Public Works Transportation Planning staff held their third public meeting on the “Campus to Downtown Bike Connection” project (also known as the David Minor Bikeway) last night and have officially recommended a two-way cycle track from Alder to Olive. Though much design work remains to be done and funding secured this is the first step in creating a safe, convenient, and comfortable active transportation connection from the two of the cities highest bicycle trip generator nodes.
As part of the project they laid out some short, medium, and long term recommendations. Those include wayfinding for the short term, bike boulevard improvements on 12th (with sharrows and signage) and improving the multi-use path between Oak and Willamette for the medium term, and the two-way cycle track for the medium to long term. No specific timeline was given beyond “this summer” for the short time wayfinding improvements.
Specific designs were also not part of the presentation with only a brief explanation of what the cycle track might look like throughout the corridor, where parking would be moved or reduced, where bike specific signals and signal timing might be implemented and where travel lane consolidation might occur. It was stated that it would not be painted green throughout the length of the project as depicted in the original LiveMove design recommendation but used only at specific “conflict zones”. The city would also place parking bays at specific locations to replace some lost on-street parking and the highest cost improvement would be the placement of signals for westbound cyclists and upgrading the current signals. Whether there would be physical separation with a curb or planters or simply a painted buffer will apparently be decided in the next design phase as well. [Read More...]
The Oregon Department of Transportation will open a new multi-use viaduct path along the Willamette River this Friday. This new viaduct is part of the large I-5 Whilamut bridge project and is one of several multi-use path improvements completed as part of that project.
The path starts east of the Knickerbocker Bridge and runs along the south side of the Willamette River until it joins a new path that the city of Springfield is building along Franklin Boulevard. The City of Springfield is expected to install a stutter flash crossing of Franklin Boulevard near that connection as well. Though some advocates recommended keeping the existing South Bank Path that crosses under Franklin Boulevard to allow for easier connection for east bound cyclists it will be closed on June 30 so that restoration work can be completed in that area.
ODOT says that the new path “eliminates dangerous curves, improves commuter safety for cyclists, and offers beautiful views of the river and the Whilamut Passage Bridge.” A new path along the south side of the Willamette River is in the Glenwood master plan and this viaduct will be an important connection once that path is complete and as Springfield continues it’s Glenwood revitalization work.
The next public meeting regarding the David Minor Bikeway proposal
, connecting the UO campus and downtown on 13th with a 2-way separated bikeway, is on June 24th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Eugene Library Bascom-Tykeson Room.
Previous meetings have been held and there has been overwhelming support for the project so far. Though a couple businesses have raised concerns about the possible loss of parking other businesses and many community members have expressed an interest in seeing improvements for the corridor. Creating a two-way bike facility will help the wrong-way sidewalk riding that is occurring, providing not only a direct, safe, and comfortable bike connection to and from campus and downtown but also a more pleasant pedestrian environment for those walking the corridor.
Even if you have attended previous meetings it will be important to attend this one as well since staff will be presenting information on engineering and signal timing analysis as well as collect feedback on potential design options. City staff still needs to hear from people that this is an important connection to the community and without the students in town to represent that others need to show their support for the potential first real cycle track project in Eugene. If this project goes in and is designed well it could be the first step in connecting up our whole bike network with a core of more comfortable bikeways for all.
Let city staff know that you want to see a safe and physically protected bikeway here to create a corridor that is better and more predictable for ALL road users. One key piece of the design will be to make the bike and pedestrian movement a priority and not allow the many north-south corridors for cars interrupt the flow for active transportation users.
With the Capstone project being completed this summer and our downtown in the midst of a major revitalization it’s essential that this facility happen sooner rather than later. Ask the city to place this project on the front burner for completion in 2015! Once the city prioritizes the project and moves forward with planning it then the funding search (public and private dollars) can begin in earnest.
There is a new web site that has many answers to frequently asked questions about the David Minor Bikeway: http://davidminorbikeway.com
. Have a look and we’ll see you on Tuesday, June 24th!
Here’s a little video on the Eugene Bike Music Festival 2014:
Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine.
David Minor died six years ago today in a bicycle accident at the corner of 13th and Willamette. You have likely seen the ghost bike memorial still standing on that corner. What you may not know, is that in the six years since we lost David more than $20,000 has been raised in his memory and awarded to organizations and programs creating access to locally grown foods and gardening skills for those in need.
Help us continue to grow David’s “organic legacy.” Join us for good food and music this Thursday evening, June 5th.
The Eugene City Bakery has generously agreed to contribute 20% of sales between 5 and 8pm to David’s Memorial Fund.
The Joanne Broh Trio will be on hand serving up blues, jazz, and contemporary music.
WHAT: Percentage night to support WFFC’s David Minor Memorial Fund
WHERE: Eugene City Bakery, corner of 19th and Agate near UO
WHEN: Thursday June 5th, 5-8pm
Some recipients of David Minor Memorial Fund support:
FOOD for Lane County Applesauce Project, turning local apples into sauce for food pantries
“That’s My Farmer” Low Income Fund, subsidizing CSA shares for those who can least afford them
Farm to School Family Outreach Project, providing farmers market tours and coupons to low income families with young children
LCHAY’s Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, supporting a farm stand in the parking lot of a DariMart Store in an under-served Springfield neighborhood
Huerto de la Familia, teaching low-income Latino families how to grow their own organic food in community garden plots
Victory Gardens for All, the volunteer, pay-it-forward service effort to assist folks from all walks of life in planting gardens
May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! Not only is there more sunshine coming our way but there are also A LOT of great bike events going on throughout the whole month. Here’s a rundown of some of the events. Most of these can be found on the Community Bike Calendar
(a GEARs project found on several sites, including this one
). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know
and we’ll get them up on this list and the calendar!
Throughout all of May you can support the Safe Routes to School
“Bike Safety Education Program” by both volunteering
at one of the community rides held throughout all three school districts AND by buying your lunch at Wrap City
in Kesey Square or having a beer at Oakshire Brewing. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS and Oakshire will have a special fundraising event on May 7th (National Bike to School Day)! May happens to be Walk + Bike to School Challenge
month too and while we are challenging our students to walk and bike more we challenge the community to support our efforts by volunteering and buying local!
More Information on events: