Bicycling is a simple, poetic way of solving all kinds of problems, all of the things that plague our culture: health, stress, emotional fatigue, traffic, congestion, pollution, the climate. It’s about community involvement and knowing your neighbors.
Paul Adkins – from Eugene’s Bike-Culturalism by Bronwynn Manaois.
The University of Oregon student run online magazine Flux (which comes out in print once a year in spring) has begun running a series of bicycling related articles. The first is an amusing first person narrative of a rider’s first cyclocross race, written by Nick CotÃ©. The second is an interview with the ubiquitous Paul Adkins, written by WeBikeEugene contributor Bronwynn Manaois. Flux plans to publish more bike-themed articles in the near future.
Via Flux Stories:
Dead Last: Holding Down the Caboose by Nick CotÃ©
Eugene’s Bike-Culturalism by Bronwynn Manaois
Few decisions are easier than deciding on who should be involved in a new Eugene area cycling news blog. WeBikeEugene contributors Shane Rhodes and Alexander Hongo were obvious choices. If any more evidence is needed other than their history of activism and participation, one must only look at their current news blogs.
That’s right folks, the recent Eugene Walking and Biking Summit was a success, and is well written up and reviewed both in Alexander’s blog and Shane’s Safe Routes to School blog.
Shane’s writeup is re-posted below – but Alexander’s writeup is full of pretty pictures and you would do yourself a favor in seeing it for yourself. There are also pictures on Shane’s Flickr Page.
Continue reading “Walking & Biking Summit Wrap-up(s)”
WeBikeEugene contributor Alexander Hongo, long active in the eugene cycling scene, was featured in a story on KVAL.com this morning.
Alexandar Hongo via KVAL.com
‘Work on your own bike … with the enthusiastic aid of a skilled mechanic’
“By Sreang “C” Hok for KVAL.com”
“EUGENE, Ore. — Amid the hanging tools, bikes and assorted parts at the University of Oregon’s bike loan program, skilled mechanics regularly fix bicycles with their voices and skilled guidance rather than their hands and tools.”
“In other situations you come into a bike shop and there is a very distinct line of separation between where the customers are allowed to be and where the magic happens,” said Alexander Hongo, a Bike Loan Program mechanic. “The cool thing about our shop here is you get to come right into the magic.”
“The mechanics, rather than working on customer’s bikes, empower students to fix their own bikes by teaching maintenance. Customers are allowed to come right into the maintenance area and access the shop tools and work space free of charge. “
Go to KVAL.com for the full story many pictures.
Just saw this article at the University of Oregon’s student newspaper website DailyEmerald.com:
From bicycles, tricycles to trailers, Human Powered Machine apprentices fine-tune their craft.
By Lauren Fox | Scene editor
Jan VanderTuin started the Center for Appropriate Transportation in 1992. Since then, the center has added many new programs, including Eugene Bicycle Works, Pedalers Express and a do-it-yourself bicycle repair workspace, but most recently they have added a Human Powered Machines apprenticeship program.
Read more at DailyEmerald.com
Eugene Walking and Biking Summit
The City of Eugene is putting on the 4th Annual Eugene Walking and Biking Summit on Saturday, Jan 23rd 8:30-1:30pm. The event is located at Sheldon Community Center. For more details refer to the GEARS blog.
Information on the new Ped/Bike master plan can be found on the city’s website.
I am a practice picture.
WeBikeEugene.org – an effort by local riders and advocates to create a site to aggregate and supplement local cycle-worthy news – will launch one of these days. (February?)