WBE is now a community run site. Want to write for WBE? Then go here to register, and do it. Got a ride you want to promote, got an issue you want to rant about, got a question you want ask the world? Do it. I still get final say on what gets published*, but YOU get to write it now! I’m giving the site to YOU. Don’t break it.
*That’s for anti-spam measures. If I know you or you’ve published a few times before I’ll probably remove that.
I may not have time for well researched articles like I did a few years ago, but I do seem to have time to make videos! Here is a compilation of bike lane blockers from a winter of commuting.
The bike box at High and 7th is needed to go from a left-side bike lane to a right-side bike lane. For some reason it’s not painted green like every other bike box, ever. (Like the bike boxes on Willamette and 18th and Alder and 13th.) This causes conflict. When the bike box went in, I asked why it wasn’t green. The answer I got back (I forget from who) was that they didn’t think it needed to be green, and would be painted green if there were problems. Well… And now that we have lots of other green bike boxes in town, this one sends a message that it is somehow different from those.
Car drivers frequently block the box, not knowing or caring what it is. When riders try to get in front, sometimes the car drivers respond with threats and menacing. This was one of those times.
Update: From Eugene Transportation Planning on Facebook: “We do intend to put green paint in this bike box this summer. We will also be putting out some more education and outreach about bike boxes in the near future.”
Today’s the big game but the UO is already national champions for cycling! Well officially they are Gold and Davis and Stanford are currently ahead of them with Platinum but they are hot on their heels. Below is some information about some of their current programs, some of which are available to the broader community with an Outdoor Program membership.
UO Mobile Repair Trike with tools and stand (photo by Alexander Hongo)
Other big news from the program is that Kelsey Moore has been hired as the new Program Coordinator for the Bike Program, replacing Briana Orr who was hired last year as a Communication Specialist by the Cascade Bicycle Club. You may know Kelsey as the manager at Arriving by Bike or her work with Willamette; A Place for Everyone. It’s really exciting to see Kelsey move into this position, she’ll bring great energy, knowledge, and community connections to this growing UO program. Here’s some information on some current projects at the UO Bike Program: [Read More…]
Bike Share may be coming to Eugene. Last year there was a lot of movement and discussion of bringing bike share to Eugene. A bike share feasibility study was completed, the University of Oregon moved forward with a four station, forty bike project, and at the same time the City of Eugene applied for funding from ConnectOregon for it’s portion of a bike share system. However, also in 2014 the University project has been stalled with some red tape and the City didn’t receive the ConnectOregon funds. However, it looks like 2015 might be the year that bike share makes a big move forward in Eugene. The ConnectOregon funds might just happen and with them a renewed push from the newly hired University of Oregon Bike Program Director could bring a complete system to Eugene sooner rather than later. Here’s how it might happen: [Read More…]
Have you cycled on any one of Oregon’s twelve Scenic Bikeways this year? Want to help make Oregon even better for cycling? Take this survey now. Closes in two weeks!
Travel Oregon and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways. As part of the information gathering, the two organizations want cyclists to respond to this online survey by Dec. 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways – offering Oregon’s “best of the best” road routes – and the feedback gathered can make them even better.
Travel Oregon and OPRD want to hear how often people ride the Scenic Bikeways and get feedback on what people thought of them. The responses will be kept confidential and be used for statistical purposes only. The survey takes about 7 minutes and the results will help improve the Oregon cycling experience for all.
The GEARs Annual Meeting & Board Elections is tonight (Thursday, November 20) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Washington Cottage (2025 Washington St.) Up for election are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 Members at Large. GEARs has grown over the years and is involved in many facets of bicycling. If you’re a member come vote, if you’re not come and see if you’d like to get involved with GEARs and meet its new leaders
Before or after the elections you can head over to the Beer Stein and support local public radio and maybe even win a New Belgium cruiser (via KLCC):
Bier Stein Bike Giveaway on Nov. 20
“Support for KLCC comes from… The Bier Stein and New Belgium Brewing!”
This year’s New Belgium Cruiser Bike Giveaway will benefit KLCC! Everyone who buys a New Belgium beer (bottle or draught) at The Bier Stein on Thursday November 20 will be entered in the raffle. Customers can also buy a raffle ticket for $1, with 100% of the proceeds going to KLCC.
The raffle drawing will be held at 9 pm, and you MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!The Bier Stein is located at 1591 Willamette Street in Eugene. Thank you Bier Stein & New Belgium Brewing!
designBridge is having a bike tour this Saturday! designBridge is a multi-disciplinary student organization linking the University of Oregon with the surrounding community by offering design and design-build services to clients and they have created some exciting projects throughout the community, some of which they will be touring and highlighting this Saturday.
They will visit eight projects designed and built by dB in collaboration with local organizations and hear insights from those who made them happen! A few of these were local bike parking areas for schools that are really awesome projects!
They will also have a contest with prizes for the best photos of the projects, so don’t forget your cameras! Everyone is welcome to join them for this free ride. They will meet at 10am in front of the Ford Alumni Center on campus. (1720 East 13th Ave).
Below is a press release and flyer that ODOT released last week about a new app they’ve helped develop that will give planners and researchers data from volunteers who it on their smartphones. Not only will it collect route selection and reason for choosing certain routes but it also allows users to give feedback about crashes, safety or infrastructure issues. Josh Roll from LCOG, who helped develop the local CycleLane app is on the advisory committee for this new app and he’s excited about the potential of this new tool for cyclists throughout the state. ODOT will pass the data onto LCOG and city agencies to help them in their planning efforts.
I’ve used the app for a couple days now, including for my commute and a ride out to Mt. Pisgah. Once you finish a route and go to save it you’re asked a few questions about the route and why you choose it and different questions about the route. I haven’t used it to report any hazards or issues yet. I would still use the iBikeEugene app to report leaves or other road hazards locally as I know those get more immediate response from the city but this new app looks like a great tool. The more people use it the better data we have so download the app and help some planners out.
New ‘ORcycle app’ lets bicycle riders share
Planners, researchers will use voluntary data to help make decisions
SALEM — Gathering valuable data about how bicyclists use the transportation system has always been a challenge. Starting Nov. 10, a new Smartphone app created by the Transportation Technology and People (TTP) lab at Portland State University, in partnership with ODOT, will provide data that can help planners and others make decisions based on users’ feedback and facts never before gathered in one place. The goal of the app, called ORcycle, is to get cycling data from people who ride bicycles voluntarily contributing via their Smartphone, from anywhere in the state.
ORcycle lets participants record cycling trips, display maps of the rides, and provide feedback regarding crashes, safety, or infrastructure issues – data which transportation planners currently lack in sufficient quantity. Prior to ORcycle, there was no systematic way to receive feedback regarding bicycle route safety or riders’ comfort level with bike lanes, routes, signals, etc. By opening the app and recording data whenever convenient, riders will be submitting data to the ORcycle program. Transportation planners across the state will then be able to access the aggregated data to better design, build or upgrade bicycle facilities and other bicycle-related projects.
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You are invited
Making Downtown Eugene a Great Place for Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Business:
A Vision for a Vibrant Community
Please join us for a special joint meeting of the city of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and city staff
Thursday, November 13
5:45 to 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building’s Sloat Conference Room,
99 W. 10th Ave (Enter from the back alley off 10th Ave)
Development is quickly changing the face of downtown Eugene. The members of the Eugene BPAC have invited city planning officials to engage in a dialogue about the future of downtown Eugene.
*How can a bicycle and walking-friendly downtown benefit local businesses?
*What’s happening and what still needs to happen to make downtown a vibrant place that people can enjoy by foot or by bike?
This is a public meeting and all are encouraged to attend. After the BPAC and city presentation we will have time for public dialogue and comment.
For more information contact email@example.com