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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Willie Weir: Bicycling Burma & Beyond
LiveMove has partnered with the University of Oregon Bike Program to bring a presentation by Willie Weir to the University of Oregon campus this week. If you haven’t seen Willie speak he is a fun, light-hearted, and inspiring speaker that will leave you ready to pack up and head out on your own adventure by the end of the night!
Willie Weir recently finished a bike trip in Burma, Laos and Cambodia. His presentation will include images and wild stories from his amazing trip. Mr. Weir is the author of Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine, and is known to public radio listeners for his commentaries aired on KUOW in Seattle. His writings have appeared in newspapers across the country and earned him a gold and bronze Lowell Thomas Award, given by the Society of American Travel Writers. He has cycled over 60,000 miles throughout the world.
The presentation is this Thursday, November 6th in 177 Lawrence Hall. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $5 for the general public; UO Students and Outdoor Program co-op members: free.
Several years ago the city revamped their leaf pick-up material to stop telling people to “neatly place” their leaves in the bike lane and confirmed that yes, it IS illegal to put leaves (or any debris) in the bike lane. At the same time they improved their sweeping procedures, created priority routes, and even helped create an app, iBikeEugene that makes it easy to report the issue and get it cleaned up faster. Here’s a little video made by our intrepid founder just today that shows you how to use the app.
Now go get it and start making our streets safer and better for all!
We’re not dead, we’re just resting under a pile of leaves.
Sure it’s a bit wet and slippery out there, so what get out and ride. Here’s a good opportunity to ride AND support LiveMove’s fundraiser at Oakshire tomorrow:
Ever wonder what a parakeet dressed as pug looks like? Or for that matter, how a pug dressed in parakeet suit for Halloween appears? Well, the answer is probably not in this shape.
On Wednesday, let’s support LiveMove’s Oakshire Fundraiser to get a bike counter installed on 13th & Kincaid. It’s a pricey ambition, so why not throw down a couple pints to move the needle:
We’ll meet at Oakshire at 7pm, this Wednesday Oct. 29th and ride in the shape of the Pugakeet!
See you there or…trick instead of treat!
The Bureau of Land Management is planning a controlled ecological burn on a section of Willamette Daisy Meadow today immediately adjacent to the Fern Ridge Bike Path. As a result, the path will need to close temporarily during operations. The path will be closed at the south end at the intersection of the bike path with Terry St. and at the north end where the path crosses the railroad tracks. See the attached map for more details. The path will be closed for approximately two to three hours starting around noon.
Throughout the Willamette Valley ecological burns are used as a restoration tool to protect valuable biological diversity in prairie and savanna ecosystems. This site has one of the largest populations of Willamette Valley daisy, an endangered species, left in the world. Removal of standing dead vegetation also benefits the community by decreasing the chances of uncontrolled wildfire at the wildland-urban interface.
Ecological burns are managed by experienced and highly trained fire crews.
Burn related information contact Bureau of Land Management Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Velez at 541-232-9241
Path closure information contact Natural Resources Supervisor Trevor Taylor at 541-912-5755