“With any luck, people will fall in love with [biking] and start doing it a couple more times a week — not just during these big commute challenges, but (also) part of their daily lives,” believes Katura Reynolds. – from KEZI
Bikers and Bikettes, it’s time for that WBE feature that you know and love: The “In The News Wrap-up!” *hold for applause* Today’s wrap-up has a distinct “Eugene Weekly” flavor to it, and will feature the EW’s articles on the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, urban freeriding, and a bicycle powered cannery. We will also cover KEZI’s plethora of articles about last week’s wildly successful Business Commute Challenge.
Via the Eugene Weekly: Bike Planning: A new bike system could mean a big jump in cycling
The Weekly has published a great comprehensive article on the work going into Eugene’s new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. It covers the various aspects of the plan and gives a good window into what we might expect to see in the future. Refreshingly, the article also avoids most of the negativity and pessimism often associated with EW’s past reporting on cycling issues. It begins:
Portland hatched a plan this year to quadruple the share of people biking and create “a clean, thriving city where bicycling is a main pillar of the transportation system and more than a quarter of all trips are made on bicycles.” Can Eugene do the same?
Using one of the lead consultants that worked on the Portland plan, Eugene kicked off a project this week to create an ambitious new bike and pedestrian transportation plan.
Via Eugene Weekly: Urban Assault: Bikes get a little wild in the city
Urban freeriding and bike trials riding are nothing new to Eugene, and have certainly been around for over a decade. However, by its very nature the sport is illusive to the initiated, and the EW has done a good job of capturing it and showing it to the world. Read the full story here.
Via EugeneCycles.com: Rolling Bike Cannery
This next story is really neat. Jan Vandertuin of the Citizens for Appropriate Transport (CAT) has created a bike that functions as a mobile canning operation in order to teach canning to the masses. Quoted from EugeneCycles.com:
This realization led to the design of a bike, created by VanderTuin, director of CAT, and other CAT employees, that could carry a table, double burner propane stove, sink, pressure cooker, knives and cutting boards. VanderTuin said the trickiest part of building the bike, which is halfway in the making, is fitting in the storage for these extra supplies. Called the “Skinner City Farm Mobile Cannery,” the bike will tour the city’s six community gardens this fall offering on-site canning demonstrations to anyone interested.
All week we’ve introduced you to four local businesses and their employees, who’ve reduced their carbon foot print at least once this week, if not more. National Bike Day wraps up the Business Commute Challenge, and here’s a recap of the week-long event.
Dozens of bikers gathered at the DeFazio Footbridge in Eugene Friday morning to grab a quick bite and a hot cup of coffee.
“We’ve certainly seen that the weather has affected things this week,” added Paul Adkins, Business Commute Challenge Event Coordinator. “Our numbers for mileage aren’t maybe as high as they’ve been since they’re not doubled.”
Despite that, participation numbers jumped this year.
“With any luck, people will fall in love with that and start doing it a couple more times a week — not just during these big commute challenges, but (also) part of their daily lives,” believes Katura Reynolds.
KEZI has been doing coverage all week of the event, and below is their list of other articles about the Business Commute Challenge:
- Cawood Staff Business Commute Challenge First Timers
- Business Commute Challenge: Cawood
- Pivot Architecture Staff Load LTD Buses
- Business Commute Challenge: Pivot Architecture
- 9Wood Employees Carpool To Work
- Pacific Cascade Staff Change Transportation Habits
- Business Commute Challenge: 9Wood
- Business Commute Challenge: Pacific Cascade