SRTS Newsletter: Bike Summit, Classes, Kidical Mass, and More!

The Eugene Safe Routes to School (SRTS) newsletter is a wonderful source of information about bicycle happenings in Eugene.  February’s newsletter (re-posted here a tad late),  covers the Walking and Biking Summit, the $495,ooo SRTS grant, cycling classes, Kidical Mass, Walk + Bike Challenge Month, Act Out Loud, and upcoming speakers and webinars.

You can subscribe to the newsletter here, and view/download it below:

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30th Ave hit-and-run driver convicted

Image via KVAL.com

Joshua Gene Clifton, the driver in the October 16, 2009 hit-and-run on East 30th Ave near Onyx St, was found guilty last Thursday of all charges stemming from the incident.  Clifton was drunk and racing another driver down the 30th Ave. hill towards Hilyard at 11:45 pm when he lost control, crossed at least three lanes of traffic, drove up onto the sidewalk, and struck 26-year-old Hart Godbold as he was bicycling up the hill.  Clifton continued driving and later reported his car stolen.

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EPA awards Eugene $100k grant to explore SmartTrips options

An exciting press release about a $100,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for Eugene SmartTrips came our way recently from Lindsay Selser, the SmartTrips  Program manager and Transportation Planning Technician for the City of Eugene.  Lindsay also runs the very informative City of Eugene Transportation Planning Facebook page.  The entire press release can be downloaded here (PDF).

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Job Posting: UO Bike Program Coordinator

This job posting comes by way of Briana Orr of the UO Bike Program and several readers.  To qualify you must be a UO student. Quoted from Briana’s e-mail:

We are seeking applicants for the UO Bike Program Coordinator position.  I can testify that the experience is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your interests and skills, work with amazing people, and experience the outdoors!

See the attached job description for details.  Any interested applicants should come by the EMU Outdoor Program office (located in the basement of the EMU) to fill out an application.  Feel free to contact me with questions.  More information about the program can be found here.

For a full job description follow the “more” link.

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WeBikeEugene.org Official Launch

Welcome to WeBikeEugene.org!

This post  marks the official launch of WeBikeEugene.  We have been posting for a few weeks now, and it’s time to spread the word about the site.

WeBikeEugene has a simple mission statement.  We exist to spread news of cycling to cyclists and others in the Eugene/Springfield area.  We plan to cover advocacy, road riding, commuting, infrastructure projects, off-road projects, recreational riding, road and off-road racing, cycling community events, and anything else having to do with cycling in Eugene, Springfield, and the surrounding area.

Some describe us as Eugene’s version of BikePortland.org. We consider this comparison a great compliment, and hope to be as thorough one day as they are.  However, we have no current plans to expand our coverage beyond the Eugene/Springfield area, nor do we have the resources to update as often.

You can see a little bit of who we are about by browsing our previous topics.  We are not fully operational as of yet, and are still in the process of bringing more contributors on staff.  As we acquire more writers our coverage of events, especially in the racing and off-road scenes, will expand.

We welcome any suggestions for articles, news tips, and submitted articles.  You can contact us here. None of us run this site full-time, and we welcome any help and suggestions from our readers.

As well as doing our own reporting, we will also be aggregating other Eugene/Springfield area news sources, including GEARS news, Safe Routes to School news, the City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter, and other sources.  Our goal is not to compete with these already wonderful news sources, but instead to make them more accessible to the general public.

Many people have put a lot of effort into making this site a reality, but it will only be useful if people spread the word.  A cycling community educated about current cycling events will progress faster than one that is left in dark.  You can help by reading, spreading the word, suggesting article ideas, or even contributing.

And, of course, the most important thing is to get out and ride!

Eugene’s First Green Bike Lane

Image from the "City of Eugene Transportation Planning" Facebook Page

The City of Eugene painted Eugene’s first green bike lane heading Westbound at the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd. and Maple St. on February 18th.  This is the area where the bike lane crosses Maple St. heading West and then joins a bike path that runs parallel to Roosevelt Blvd.  It is a complicated area for both cyclists and drivers, and thus has a high risk of the dreaded “Right-Hook” or “Right-Cross.”

This is Eugene’s second painted bike lane.  The other is painted blue and located on River Road heading North as it crosses the Beltline on-ramp.

Curious as to why this bike lane was the chosen location for the first green bike lane, WeBikeEugene contacted the City of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinator, Lee Shoemaker.

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In the News: Safe Routes to School and Bike Crashes

We bring to you attention today two news articles that have been making the rounds in Eugene.  “Grant to Fund a safer walk” via the Register-Guard and the unfortunately headlined “Bike Crashes Injure Hundreds” via the Eugene Weekly.

Read on for summary and commentary.

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Weekend News Wrap-up 2/13/10

This weekend news wrap-up include two Eugene men cycling a frozen lake in Russia, an STP-U funds update, planned construction on Highway 126, an upcoming cycle track webinar, an upcoming River Front Research Park meeting, and the return of Bike Porn to Eugene.

Eugene men to attempt a winter bike ride around a frozen Russian lake.

Our lead story comes courtesy of the Register-Guard outdoor section.  Quoted from the R-G:

What surely ranks among the most unusual and challenging mountain bike rides in the world will be attempted later this month by an international group of adventurers that includes two Eugene residents.

The five-man team hopes to become the first to use human power to circumnavigate Russia’s Lake Baikal in winter — as well as the first to bicycle around the lake’s entire 1,300-mile shoreline.

If the expedition goes as planned, it will take the cyclists 43 days to pedal — and sometimes push — bicycles with studded tires from Irkutsk down the frozen Angara River to Lake Baikal, around the frozen 400-mile-long lake, then back up the river to Irkutsk.

Go the Register-Guard to read the full Article

More wrap-up after the more link:

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Via BikePortland.org: Job: Bicycle Safety Education Instructor, Eugene (BTA)

Re-Posted from BikePortland.org

Job Title
Bicycle Safety Education Instructor, Eugene

Company/Organization
Bicycle Transportation Alliance

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February InMotion Newsletter Re-Post

The City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter (subscribe at the bottom right of this page) is one of the best sources in the area for bicyclist and pedestrian news.

In their own words:

InMotion is a monthly e-newsletter produced to help communicate with Eugene’s biking and walking enthusiasts.  Each month you will find information about upcoming local events and advocacy opportunities that pertain to all forms of active transportation.  Please feel free to forward this great community resource to anyone you think might enjoy it.

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