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…
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.
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:
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.
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 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
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!
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.