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Maintenance Hotlines
For use when debris hinders the bike lane or path (leaves, broken glass, potholes, etc.)

Online Reporting - Eug
Mobile App - Eug
682-4800 - Eugene
726-3761 - Spfld
744-8080 - ODOT
682-6900 - Lane Co.

Eugene Parking Services
For use when a car is parked in the bike lane during business hours.

682-5729 - Eugene

Police Non-Emergency Number
For use if the above numbers don't work.

682-5111 - Eugene
726-3714 - Spfld

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May is Bike Month!

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Take a picture at an event, tag it #EugBikeMonth. More pics, more chances of winning

 

May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and get back on two wheels and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together.  With so many events happening it’s the perfect time to try out something new too! Usually ride for recreation? Try out commuting! Casual cyclist who only rides for errands? Try a longer recreational ride! Want to get your kids riding more? We’ve got events for you! In this post you can find a rundown of some of the great events happening in Eugene/Springfield throughout Bike Month. Like any bike event in Eugene these can also be found on the Community Bike Calendar (a WeBikeEugene project). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know and we’ll get them up on this list and onto the calendar!

Bike Month Supporters 

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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. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS!  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! If you’d like to take your own challenge you can participate in the Business Commute Challenge. Form a team at your workplace, win some great prizes, and challenge your co-workers and friends to discover the joys of biking!

Full Month of Great Bike Events:

See how many you can do…

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Sign Up and Celebrate the Business Commute Challenge!

Business Commute Challenge

PartyTomorrow is the kick-off party for the Business Commute Challenge…sign up now and join the fun!! It’s like a pre-kick off for May is Bike Month.

The Challenge takes place May 9-15 and is a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telework during the week. The workplace with the most participation wins (based on size).

Individual participants can win too! The more you participate the bigger the prize you have a chance to win. Prizes include a Breezer bike, one night stay at Three Rivers Casino with golf for two at Ocean Dunes, one night at Riverhouse in Bend, Party bus tour and tasting for 20 at Agrarian Ale, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more!

Join the BCC Kick-off Party tomorrow (April 30), 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Oakshire Brewing at 207 Madison Ave. Live music, prizes, free slice of pizza and a $1 off a beverage, free bike tune-ups from Patchwork Repair, and more!

Whether you are a bike rider, thinking about trying the bus for your commute, or you want to have fun with your co-workers…this Challenge is for you!

Visit commutechallenge.org to learn more, for a full list of prizes and events, and to sign-up.

The 2014 Business Commute Challenge is an event coordinated by Point2point at Lane Transit District.

ORcycle App; Use it For Better Local Data

via Josh Roll, Transportation Planner, Lane Council of Governments (LCOG)

Do you ride a bike?
Do you know someone who rides a bike?
Or do you know someone that knows someone that saw a Kevin Bacon movie with a bike in it?
If so this post applies to you!

We need members of our community to download and use the ORCycle smart phone app.

This app lets you log your bicycle route and pinpoint safety problems along your route.  Additional functionality lets you plot bicycle safety concerns anywhere in the region!  All you have to do is download the app and use it!

These data will be used in the upcoming CLMPO/Lane County Safety and Security plan, bicycle route choice modeling, and general system operations.

Starting this week, we are initiating as big of public outreach push as we can, getting the word out to the public and our partners through social media, official notification, work of mouth, and this email blast!  This post is only helpful if you do one of two things:

Other things you can do to help, become a twitter follower, like us on Facebook, share this email or our social media links with your friends, oh and download and use the app!

In case you needed a motive other than civic duty , users that log trips will be entered into a drawing for free stuff from local bike shops and retailers, though I suspect duty to one’s community will be sufficient.

Be an Ambassador, on a Bike

bike-along-river_2006 If you’ve always wanted to get paid to ride your bike, we have a job for you! The City of Eugene is hiring for Park Ambassador positions and the patrols will be “primarily on bicycle.”  It will be a full-time, temporary position only over the summer (approximately June 1st-September 8th) from 11:00am-7:00pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

“This position is designed to build positive relationships with community members and helps connect park users with the Recreation and Parks and Open Space Divisions in parks and trails along Eugene’s riverfront by providing public information and encouraging park appropriate behaviors. Does not act as a law enforcement agent but does promote the safety and security of park patrons, employees, facilities and grounds.”

Other information about the duties include:

“Provides the public with information about parks, trails and other facilities along Eugene’s riverfront corridor, from the Greenway Bridge in Maurie Jacobs Park to the I-5 Bridge in the Whilamut Natural Area, and in Washington-Jefferson Skatepark. Information includes park history, recreational activities, rentals, rules, hours and other general information.

Promotes enjoyment of the parks and voluntary compliance with City of Eugene park rules.

Reports repeat offenders and unlawful activities to Eugene Police Department.

Works with Eugene Police Department as needed and provides accurate verbal and written information.”

There’s more information on the City’s Craigslist posting. Here’s hoping the applicants take a Traffic Skills 101 course and are encouraged to not ride on the sidewalk unless absolutely necessary. Having the Eugene Police ride on the sidewalk is a criticism from many who feel it’s a bad representation of good behavior. 

LCC Hosts Walk/Bike/Bus Event for Earth Day

Lane Community College (LCC) might be considered a “commuter college” but getting to the campus up on 30th without a car isn’t really that hard. An event tomorrow is meant to highlight that by encouraging students to celebrate Earth Day by walking, biking, or taking the bus up to the campus. If you haven’t tried riding up to campus this is a great opportunity to try it with a group. Here’s the information from LCC:

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The Sustainability Committee at Lane Community College encourages students and staff to walk, ride their bike or take the bus together to the 30th Avenue Campus on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

Those who are interested can choose from two gathering times: 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. Participants should meet at the Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th Avenue and Amazon Parkway in Eugene. Walkers and bicyclists are encouraged to wear safety vests or bright colors if they have them. Participants will be treated to light refreshments at the end of the event and will have the option to enter into a raffle. The Sustainability Committee has chosen to host this event, in its second year, because transportation is responsible for 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and 87 percent of the emissions at Lane according to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This event will offer great exercise for participants, a lot of fun and it will promote sustainable transportation to our campus and the larger community.

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Second “Twos-day” monthly | 7p

next up: April 14, 2015; Oakshire Public House, Eugene

Come on two wheels. Or two feet. Have two beers. Why? Because one is not enough to have a meaningful conversation. Because people who get around on two wheels and two feet should get together sometimes.

No agenda. No icebreakers. Mix. Mingle. Stand in the corner. Hang out. Have fun. Tell someone your fantastic idea. Or don’t. For an hour. Maybe two.

Possibly nothing profound will occur. But you never know. Better be there, just in case.

No more information found here. See you there.

Adonia E. Lugo is LiveMove’s Speaker Next Thursday

LiveMove LogoAdonia E. Lugo speaks on “Multiple Worlds, Shared Streets: A Cross-Cultural approach to sustainable transportation” as part of this year’s LiveMove Speaker Series.

Dr. Adonia E. Lugo is an urban anthropologist and a leading voice for a diverse bike movement.  She studies the conflicting, complex ways that people inhabit cities and streets as human infrastructure. She believes that cross-cultural understanding and respect for diverse realities are central to fostering sustainable mobilities.

Thursday, April 16th – 5:30 – 7:30pm (5:30pm social hour + 6:30pm presentation)
Lane Community College Downtown Center, Rm 112

City of Eugene Transportation Option Interns Working on Great Projects

Via City of Eugene In-Motion Newsletter… if you’re not subscribed you should be

Visit eugenesundaystreets.org/ for more information.

Visit eugenesundaystreets.org/ for more information.

Eugene Sunday Streets
Eugene Sunday Streets is happy to be celebrating its fifth year this summer by hosting two events; July 26th in Downtown Eugene, and September 20th in the Friendly Neighborhood. These events are free and open to everyone, temporarily closing down streets for an afternoon full of bike friendly rolling, walking, playing and exploring at our musical stages and activity centers. Events such as helmet decorating, scooter races, bike lessons, taekwondo demonstrations and yoga classes fill the streets and promote healthy active lifestyles and community engagement. The idea for our open street celebration was modeled from an event in Bogota Colombia that has spread to a national movement of cities closing down streets to promote sustainable transportation, in a safe and family friendly environment. The goals for our Sunday Street events are: to create new opportunities for businesses, investing money directly into our local economy, opening up a conversation about global c limate change and sustainability, improve the health of our residents, reduce dependence on motor vehicles by shifting behavior to increase walking or biking and increase neighborhood livability. This year we anticipate over 6,000 participants and will be working with over 200 volunteers, making for two fantastic summer events! Save the dates, and get excited! We hope to see you there! This is funded through a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and donations from private businesses and individuals like you. DONATE HERE!

Emily was born and raised here in Eugene, and grew up on the back of a bike. She is a student at the University of Oregon studying theology with an interest in community organizing around issues of social justice.

Emily Farthing, Eugene Sunday Streets Coordinator – sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us

SmartTrips: Eugene
Taking public transit, walking, and biking to get to your next destination are great ways for residents to decrease their CO2 emissions, increase their daily physical activity and connect with their community in a new ways. Many people have a variety of barriers that can prevent them from using active transportation in their daily lives. SmartTrips: Eugene would like to help South Central residents overcome these barriers and promote the benefits of active transportation. SmartTrips: South Central will be kicking off in June of 2015 targeting residents in Friendly Neighborhood and Southeast neighborhood (residents north of 46th Ave). This will be a great opportunity for these residents to learn more of their neighborhood’s resources and infrastructure that help support these modes. Each household will be mailed an order form which will outline all the informational materials, prizes and helpful tools that we will be offering free! After order is placed a SmartTrips staff will be delivering these kits by bicycle. Along with the SmartTrip Kits, we will also be hosting a variety of events in the neighborhoods to help engage and support walking, biking and transit modes. SmartTrips events allow for residents to come together and try a new mode or strengthen this lifestyle behavior with their neighbors. This is funded through State Transportation Planning – Urban money, from Oregon Department of Transportation, passed through our Regional Metropolitan Planning Committee.

Jessica is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at Oregon State University and is hoping to use her current knowledge in environmental health and health promotion within SmartTrips Eugene program.

Jessica Kessinger, SmartTrips: Eugene Coordinator, Jessica.a.kessinger@ci.eugene.or.us

Large Employer Transportation Options Pilot Program
One of our transportation options interns, Alexis Biddle, is developing a program for large employers to encourage transportation options in Eugene. Because the City has so many locations where its employees are located, Alexis has been tracking each facility’s features that relate to how employees travel to work. He has also been making a survey that will measure how City employees currently get to work and what they would like to see changed. Once the survey results are compiled and the inventory is complete, Alexis will implement an individualized marketing campaign that encourages employees to adopt transportation modes that are healthy and reduce carbon emissions. The information derived from Alexis’ work will also help the city shape policies that encourage biking, walking, transit, and car share for commute and work trips. This program is a step towards achieving the city’s carbon reduction goals and wellness objectives. Once this pilot program is comp lete, the template will be available for other large employers in our region to use within their own organizations. This is funded through at grant from Oregon Department of Transportation.
Alexis is pursuing graduate degrees in law and planning at the University of Oregon and wants to work in the development of Multimodal transportation policy.

Alexis Biddle, Transportation Options Intern, alexis.j.biddle@ci.eugene.or.us

Regional Crosswalk Safety & Education Campaign
The Crosswalk Safety Campaign will educate Eugene residents on the laws and responsibilities surrounding marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections, particularly for people driving. The goal is to create a culture shift of our community’s knowledge and behavior at crosswalks in order to prevent crashes and injuries and to save lives. It is so important for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to be safe and feel comfortable walking around in our city without fear of getting hurt or killed. For those of us that are driving, it’s important to be aware of and respect people walking for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. Do you know the laws if you are walking or driving across a crosswalk? Every corner is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, and you have to stop for people walking. People that walk and bike are more vulnerable; slow down and save a life! Keep an eye out this summer for our ads on radio, TV, buses and more. This is funded through a grant from the Oregon Health Authority.

Claudia is a graduate student at the University of Oregon in the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability program. She moved to Oregon from Albuquerque, NM where she worked on her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning & Design, she’s originally from Sweden.

Claudia Denton, Pedestrian Safety Campaign Intern, Claudia.m.denton@ci.eugene.or.us

Confident Cycling for Families Class

Register Here for the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School bi-annual Confident Cycling for Families Class! The class is April 18th, 9am-Noon at Roosevelt Middle School. Families can also join us at 1pm for a Kidical Mass bike ride.

Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.

This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.  Join the Facebook event and spread the word!

LiveMove Speaker: Parklets, Play Streets and Bike Share, Oh My! Rethinking Streets

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The next LiveMove speaker event is this Friday with Jennifer Wieland, recent Public Space Program Manager at the Seattle Dept. of Transportation. During her time with SDOT, Ms. Wieland helped to pilot the city’s Parklet Program. According to their handbook, “the term “parklet” originated in San Francisco to describe the conversion of a parking space into a small public park.”

Details on the event. Come join us:
Who: Jennifer Wieland, past-program manager, Seattle Department of Transportation
When: Friday, April 10  5 – 7PM
Where: Downtown LCC, Rm 112 (101 W. 10th Ave)
What: “Parklets and Play Streets and Bike Share, Oh My! Rethinking Streets in Seattle”
Why: Free appetizers, refreshments, and an expert in public space planning.