Via City of Eugene Public Works:
Popular bicycle routes in Eugene are about to get a face lift, or rather, some makeup. Shared Lane Markings (SLMs), sometimes called “sharrows”, are currently being installed (many have actually been installed already) under a contract for walking and bicycling improvements throughout the city. SLMs direct people on bikes to ride in the proper direction on a street and raise the awareness of people in cars of the potential presence of bicycle traffic. When people riding bikes travel directly over the shared lane marking they are in the best position to be seen by other road users and will be positioned outside of the “door zone”, where an opening car door can injure a bicycle rider.
Streets where new shared lane markings will be added include Willamette Street, Alder Street, 12th Avenue, 15th Avenue, Olive Street, and Broadway. Streets with SLMs are not bicycle-only streets. These streets need to be shared by all people using the travel lanes. Good advice for traveling on a street with shared lane markings, is to slow down, behave predictably, and act as if other road users are a family member or someone you know, not an obstacle that is “in the way”. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.
A short public service announcement was developed in 2014 to communicate where a person riding a bicycle should position themselves within the travel lane. It communicates that all users, including people who drive and ride bikes, should travel directly over the shared lane marking. The 30-second spot is based on the popular video game “Mario Kart”. Though it should be noted that riding a bicycle over a shared lane marking will not provide a “power up” boost, it will make you more visible and keep you out of the door zone. The video is linked on the city’s traffic safety webpage: www.eugene-or.gov/trafficsafety.
Lot’s of great bike happenings in the coming weeks. Join the fun!
Walk+Bike to School Day
Join the National Walk+Bike to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7th. Whether you join one of the local schools participating or simply walk or bike to school, work, or running errands you’ll be part of the fun!
When: October 7th
Where: Schools all around Eugene-Springfield
World’s Shortest Bike Race
Come compete in the second annual World’s Shortest Bike Race. No training necessary (except drinking some beer)- the only thing you need is a bike- and even if that is too much work- you can just use ours. First 100 to register- receive a FREE T-Shirt. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your names to register. Prizes for the fastest and slowest. Kid’s Race too! 13.9 feet of hell.
When: Sunday, Oct. 11th 3pm
Where: Falling Sky Brewing
UO Transportation Day
Come out and screen print a cool bike shirt on the spot, register your bike, get help with route planning (bus and bike), practice putting your bike on a bus rack, learn about transportation services on campus, interact with local bicycle businesses, and much more.
FREE! Food, music, t-shirts, reflective stickers, bike repairs, and swag.
PRIZES! Enter to win a waterproof jacket and pants from Showers Pass, bike lights from Planet Bike, coffee mug and water bottle holders fromPortland Design Works, and more.
When: October 13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Chapman Hall on 13th Ave. (across from Lillis)
Roaster’s Ramble Bike Ride
We will explore Eugene’s finest downtown coffee roasters, by bike! Grab your bike and bring your friends to discover your soon-to-be new favorite place to get your coffee buzz on.
Sign up online at outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu/events for free! Must be a UO student or OP co-op member to participate.
When: October 14, 3:00pm
Where: UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
Cost: FREE (for UO Students or OP co-op member)
Willie Weir: Three Styles of Bike Travel
Instead of escaping urban congestion and heading to the country, what if your bike tour never left the city? Willie Weir has explored three different styles of bike travel in Portland, Minneapolis and Montreal. Come listen to his stories and be inspired to plan trips you’ve never before imagined.
When: October 15, Doors at 6 pm, show at 7
Where: Pacific Hall Room 123 (UO Campus)
Cost: $5 general, $3 UO students and OP co-op members
Bike School: A Gateway to the World of Bike Mechanics
Interested in knowing how to maintain and repair your bike? Well, you’re in luck because Bike School is back! Learn the joy of fixing your own bicycle with professional mechanics Al Hongo and Nick Wogan.
During our three week course, you will learn to maintain and repair your standard road, mountain, or commuter bike. You must bring your own bike.
Pre-register at the UO Bike Program inside the UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E 18th Ave) or call 541-346-4371. Must be a UO student or OP co-op member to participate.
When: Wednesdays, 6- 8 pm, October 14th- November 18th
Where: UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
Cost: $65 for the class
Eugene Disaster Relief Trials
The Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) is a cargo bike event designed to help demonstrate the capabilities of bikes in disaster situations. The riders will plan and navigate a course of their choosing through the city, to designated check points, in order to fulfill the criteria of the trials, with fully loaded bikes on city roads. At each check point riders will encounter obstacles or complete tasks to assist response teams (like a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team – CERT group). While the riders are completing the course, a Resiliency Fair will be held at Alton Baker Park (the start/finish line) as well as a “Fiets of Parenthood” short course for family cargo bikers and younger riders.
The DRT is a fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield’s Safe Routes to School Bicycle Education Program.
The Disaster Resiliency Fair will be a great place to show off emergency preparedness supplies, bikes, resiliancy gear and information to people interested in living a sustainable and prepared lifestyle. DRT riders will come back to the Fair several times during the day, so it will be a fun place to watch the action and get you and your family prepared! The Fair will be from 11:00am – 6:00pm and includes an Oakshire beer garden.
The DRT will start and finish at Alton Baker Park on Saturday October 17th with staggered start times beginning at 10:00 am!
The Resiliency Fair will be at the Alton Baker Park site from 11:00am to 6:00 pm and will include music, vendors, community booths, family activities, competition excitement and more! Awards ceremony for the DRT will be held at 5:00 pm at Alton Baker.
We need volunteers to make the event a success; consider registering to volunteer for a couple hours at the event. You’ll be doing your part to help out…and get a cool DRT shirt out of it!
Sales from the DRT Raffle Tickets go right to Safe Routes to School to support our Bike Safety Education Program AND you could win a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike or lot’s of other great bike and preparadeness gear! Sales of other items (and registration fees) support the event and any profits go to SRTS and the Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross.
When: October 17th 11am-5pm
Where: Alton Baker Park (Picnic Shelter area)
Cost: FREE (or register as a racer for a small entry fee)
Information via Jan Spencer:
Would you like to see a greener, more healthy and resilient Eugene? You can help.
The 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence is looking for eight or so bike enthusiasts to help escort several bike tours that will be visiting “green” sites in Eugene. The tours will be Friday, August 28. They will leave and return to the River Road Recreation Center, 1400 Lake Drive in the River Road Neighborhood. Each site will have its own person speaking.
The tours are part of the Convergence, which will take place August 28 to 30 at the River Road Recreation Center and will include presentations, plenary sessions, a free outdoor Expo on Saturday and the Friday site tours. The entire event is about downsizing our eco foot print and upsizing civic culture and planet friendly lifestyles. The Convergence theme is “Greening Our Neighborhoods With Permaculture.”
We have five site tours planned and we would like to find eight or so experienced bike riders – at least two for each tour – to escort the riders so they are safe and no one is lost, perhaps help fix the odd flat. The tours range in length from 7 miles to 15 miles. Stagin will be at the Rec Center at 9 AM. Four tours will finish in the early afternoon. The tours will also include car pooling. Tour escorts are not responsible for car pooling. Carpools will have maps.
Two tours will visit properties with edible landscaping, solar design, rain water catchment, reclaiming automobile space, natural building, cooperation between neighbors and more.
Other tours will visit green business, sites with aspects of Block Planning, shared residential living, habitat restoration and citizen initiative on public property. See actual tour destinations below.
You will see some great sites in Eugene that help point the way to a more green and resilient Eugene. You will help people learn about reducing their eco footprint. The tours are free. How many people? We don’t know. Could be ten people, could be forty + for each tour.
Secure bike parking.
We also plan secure bike parking within a chain link fence at the Rec Center where people will check their bikes and come back for them when they are ready to leave. We invite help managing the bike parking. Starting at 5 PM Friday and ending at 5 PM Sunday. We can offer dinner and plenary session Friday for help with the tour and setting up the bike parking.
If you are interested to help, please contact Jan at email@example.com Thanks!.
You can learn more about the Convergence at www.northwestpermaculture.org The Convergence will be a unique opportunity for greening Eugene. Part of it is free, part requires registration. Please tell your friends about the Convergence. Thanks!
Tour 1 and 2 [Morning and Afternoon] – River Road Neighborhood – ten sites – 7 hours. Three miles. One tour leads into the other.
Tour 2 – Green Businesses – CAT, Back Yard Farmer, Green Store, Growers Market Co-op, Hummingbird Wholesale. 4 hours. Seven miles.
Tour 3 – East Blair Housing Co-op, Maitreya Eco Village, Common Ground Garden and a private home in Friendly Neighborhood. 5 hours. Ten miles
Tour 4 – Private homes – shared residential, cooperative living. 5 hours. Fifteen miles.
A walkable city is also a great city to bike in! Join the author, lecturer, and TED Talk speaker, Jeff Speck for an interesting (and free) public lecture next Wednesday!
Hult Center Studio, 7th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
5:30pm happy hour/ Hors d’oeuvres
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.
Mr. Speck is a contributing editor to Metropolis magazine and serves on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, he is the co-author of several books including Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.” His latest book, Walkable City–which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” –was the best-selling planning/design book of 2013.
Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC
The Center for Appropriate Transport has been doing Valet Bike Parking in Eugene for two decades. Each summer they provide a great service to the community at many area events. Once again they are searching for volunteers to help this season. It’s a great way to meet new folks, be a part of the action, get involved with your local non-profits and give back to the community. There are some big events coming right up that they need volunteers for; most urgent is the NCAA track and Field championships happening this week. If you can volunteer for that event, please contact Kate on her cell: Four14-659-1955.
All other inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com
Here are the upcoming events they need help at:
NCAA Track and Field Championships, Wednesday June 10th: 12:00-3:00, Thursday June 11th: 12:00-3:00, Friday June 12th: 12:00-3:00, Saturday June 13th: 12:00-3:00, 3-5:30 – take-down
Gordon Lightfoot – Sunday, June 14th @ Cuthbert 5:30pm (Arrive at Cuthbert at 5:00 for set-up – Take-down between 11-12)
USATF Championships- Thursday June 25th: 7:30-12:00, 12:00-5:30, 5:30-9:30, Friday June 26th: 6:45-12:00, 12:00-5:30, 5:30-9:30, Saturday June 27th: 7:45-12:30, 12:30-6:00, 6:00-10:15, Sunday June 28th: 8:15-11:45, 11:45-3:00
Art and the Vineyard- Friday July 3rd: 11:00-3:00, 3:00-6:00, 6:00-9:30, Saturday July 4th 10:00-2:00, 2:00-5:00, 5:00-10:30, Sunday July 5th: 11:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-7:00
Thanks for being part in keeping your local non-profits alive and thriving. We hope to work with you soon!
Kate L. , Valet Bicycle Coordinator, Center for Appropriate Transport
We may have come through a busy month of bike events but there is more awesomeness coming up; summer is right around the corner. Stay tuned to WeBikeEugene for prizes and awards for the month, keep an eye on the Community Bike Calendar for the latest events, and keep your feed pointed to WeBikeEugene for the latest Eugene Bike News and Events.
Tomorrow 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.
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.
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.
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
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…