Bruschetta at the Bike Bridges on Friday

The last “Breakfast at the Bike Bridges”, put on by the City of Eugene on the last Friday of every month from May-September, has a special twist for the last month, “Bruschetta at the Bike Bridges” and it’s an after work event rather than a morning one.

Come out to the Autzen Bridge (supposedly now the Frohnmayer Bridge, whatevs) for the final BBB of the season and enjoy some Bruschetta as well as free bike safety checks from Blue Heron Bike Shop, bike registration with the Eugene Police Department, and talk bikes, Vision Zero, and how to grow great tomatoes. Remember don’t go by in the morning for bagels and coffee! It’s from 4:30pm to 6:00pm this Friday (September 29th).

 

Volunteer For Bike Safety Education Classes

School has started and local kids (and bike safety education instructors) need your help to make the community rides a success.

The 4J, Springfield, and Bethel School District Safe Routes to School programs are hosting the City of Eugene River House to teach Bike Safety classes in select 5th and 6th grade classrooms throughout each district. The program includes in-class teaching, on campus riding drills, and off campus community rides. Volunteers are needed to ride with students on the final two days of the program to help maintain a safe environment.
Bike_Safety_(7)There are rides Thursday and Friday, morning and afternoon, starting this week and continuing through mid-November. Visit the SignUp.com site for schools and dates or call 541-682-6321 for more info.

The Jane Higdon Memorial Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation is a major sponsor of the Eugene-Springfield Bicycle Safety Education Program.

Springfield BPAC Seeking New Members

The City of Springfield is currently seeking applications from Springfield residents to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 26 in the City Manager’s Office at Springfield City Hall.

The Committee advises City of Springfield staff and partner agencies on bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs, and facilities. The Committee meets approximately six times each year on Tuesday evenings. Candidates will be appointed to serve either a one-year or two-year term beginning in January 2018.

Applicants should have an interest in promoting pedestrian, bicycle, or both interests in Springfield. The City would like to have a diverse representation on the committee, including, but not limited to, youth, seniors, community members with mobility, hearing, sight, or cognitive disabilities, and mountain and BMX bicycle riders.

When: Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 26, 2017.

Where: Applications are available electronically on the BPAC webpage and in hardcopy form at the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield.

For more information contact Emma Newman, Senior Transportation Planner, at 541.726.4585 or enewman@springfield-or.gov.

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Eugene Bike Share – Where Should Bike Share Stations be Located?

Via City of Eugene InMotion:

Bike Share Graphic BannerOn Monday, May 1st, there was a kickoff event for May is Bike Month which included an opportunity to discuss station locations for Eugene Bike Share.  The meeting was held at the Broadway Commerce Center and there was free pizza for all attendees.  Mayor Vinis also took the opportunity to announce that the city proclaimed “May is Bike Month”!

If you could not make the meeting or would like to provide additional input on where bike share stations should be located in the community, please log on to www.eugenebikeshare.com and follow the map instructions.  You can also use the Social Cyclist app (socialcyclist.com) on your smartphone to select locations.  Data will be collected on station locations until May 31st.  Eugene Bike Share will launch in fall of this year.
Please contact Reed Dunbar, reed.c.dunbar@ci.eugene.or.us with any questions.

Mayor Vinis Declares May is Bike Month!

Eugene Mayor, Lucy Vinis, has made an official proclamation that “May is Bike Month”. She points to the economic, environmental and health benefits that bikes bring to Eugene and its residents.  She also notes the amazing bike community that Eugene has developed over the decades.

We’re excited to be part of bringing all the events together into this month-long event and are excited to have it growing each year.

Join us as Mayor Vinis shares the official proclamation and starts off the May is Bike Month celebration at the Kick-off Party and Bike Share Open House on Monday, May 1st at the Broadway Commerce Center (44 W Broadway) from 4-6pm.

Mayor Proclamation

 

 

Bike Share Open House & May is Bike Month Kick-off

Bike Month KickoffAn open house for Eugene Bike Share will be held in conjunction with the kick off of “May is Bike Month” next Monday, May 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Broadway Commerce Center (44 W Broadway).

Participants will be able to interact with the bike share vendor and will be able to discuss possible bike share station locations. The open house will also preview the program for May is Bike Month and showcase events happening this summer for people who walk and bike, including Eugene Sunday Streets.

On May 1st, Social Bicycles, the vendor for Eugene Bike Share, will officially launch online content to crowdsource station locations and announce updates for the launch of the Eugene system scheduled for fall 2017. Social Bicycles is currently operating in 18 locations in North America including the recently launched BIKETOWN system in Portland, Oregon.

Beyond highlighting possible bike share station locations there will be free pizza, valet bike parking (in Kesey Square), and a raffle for a free bike share annual pass!
Join the Facebook event and spread the word.
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Smart Trips Program at City of Eugene is Hiring

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.52.47 AMSmartTrips Eugene is looking for two energetic bike riding interns for a 3.5 month position to process and deliver hundreds of packets to River Road Neighborhood homes. Job duties include data entry, computer mapping, bike delivery, exceptional customer service, event planning/attendance and program evaluation. Must be self-motivated, able to work independently, work well in a team environment, and be a friendly-face and an excellent verbal communicator to the public.

  • Knowledge of Eugene’s bikeway network and other nonmotorized methods of getting around town are important.
  • Proficiency and creativity with social mediaparticularly Facebook and Instagram and knowledge and experience with basic bike maintenance are a plus.
  • Strong preference for a candidate who is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
  • Approximately 20 hours per week, $11-13/per hour based on experience. Approximately May 17th through September 17st 2015 (rain or shine) with the majority of hours being after spring term ends. Evening and weekend work will be required.

Apply by Sunday, April 30th, 2017 with cover letter and resume to Lindsay Selser, City of Eugene – Transportation Planning, 99 E. Broadway, Suite. 400, Eugene OR 97401 or email at Lindsay.r.selser@ci.eugene.or.us.

May is Bike Month 2017

It’s about that time of year again, time to ride even more! May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene and Springfield. It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together. With over 30 bike rides and events happening during Bike Month it’s the perfect time to try out something new! 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! Come ride with us in May.

May is Bike Month Logos Together

A special thanks to the organizers and supporters of May is Bike Month. Along with WeBikeEugene volunteers and community members these partners help make this month of events come together and happen!

Bike Month Highlights

For a calendar of Bike Month of the 30+ events click hereMore events added as submissions come in. See how many you can do! Scroll below for complete descriptions of each event.

Continue reading “May is Bike Month 2017”

New I-5 Bike Path Coming Soon

So what can you buy these days for $13,393,802.39? Well that is what it costs to improve the I-5 @ Beltline Interchange’s current phrase. Here is what you will get:

  • A new bridge over I-5 to accommodate a reconfigured on ramp
  • Building a sound wall south of Beltline and east of Coburg Road
  • Adding an additional lane on eastbound Beltline from Coburg Road to I-5 on ramp
  • Extending the multi-use path for bike and pedestrian travelers. The multi-use path will be extended south from Harlow Road to Garden Way. Also the path will extend north to Old Coburg Road and exit near the Register Guard headquarters.
  • And don’t forget all the landscaping.

Northerly Route

I-5 @ Beltline Unit 4 - MU Path MapThe bike path will extend from Willakenzie Road (just north of the I-5 bike bridge) to Old Coburg Road. The raised path meanders around, under and through various openings in the existing freeway structure (very cool that they didn’t need to dig a tunnel and used existing portals).

Southerly Route

I-5 @BeltlinePathHarlowSouthThe multi-use path heading south will connect with the the existing path and go under Harlow Road Bridge along side the I-5 and then exits on to Garden Way at the intersection of Highway 105.

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Looking South from Harlow to the new I-5 path extension

This new extension avoids the difficult transition from North Garden Way and Harlow Road and will allow for safer bike travel from Downtown Eugene to Armitage County Park as well as many other destinations in North Eugene with fewer interactions with motorized traffic.

Transportation System Plan Gets Second Public Hearing

Via the City of Eugene’s InMotion newsletter:

For the last several years, the City of Eugene along with our partner agencies and many members of the public have been working to develop the Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP). The draft Eugene 2035 TSP provides a 20-year blueprint for the City of Eugene’s transportation system and serves as the transportation element of the Envision Eugene comprehensive plan. The TSP was developed based on extensive stakeholder input, analyses of our existing transportation system and relevant adopted plans and coordination with planning processes that are underway.

A final draft of the plan is now available and can be found at www.EugeneTSP.org. We greatly appreciate the time that many people have contributed to this plan as well as people’s patience with the length of this planning process.

We are now in the final phase of the Eugene 2035 TSP adoption process which includes two public hearings before both the City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners, and potential adoption by both the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. A City Council work session on the TSP was held on February 27, 2017. The first joint public hearing was held on March 6, 2017. The webcasts from both the work session and public hearing can be found at this website: http://eugene.ompnetwork.org.

The 2nd joint public hearing will take place on Monday, April 17 at 5:30 PM in Harris Hall located at 125 East 8th Avenue. 

To submit testimony for consideration by the City Council and Board of Commissioners, you may testify at the public hearing or email your testimony by noon on April 17 to City of Eugene Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld at rob.inerfeld@ci.eugene.or.us.