Test of New Server

Hey Folks.  WBE is now on a new server, and boy did it take me a long time to get the WordPress migration to work.  As of now, all links and site functions should work.  Part of the database migration put weird “” everywhere, but as far as I can tell that’s the worst  of it.  Please let me know if you encounter any other site issues.

Multimedia: CAT’s Apprenticeship Program, The Adkins Car-Free Family, and an Interview with Me!

Those of you who read BikePortland and the Eugene Safe Routes to School Blog have probably already seen the the video “Living Life in the Bike Lane” by UO Student Journalism Student and Oregon Voice Editor Noah DeWitt.  I first met Noah when he interviewed me at the Transportation Remix back in October, and since then he’s created The Adkins Family “Living Life in the Bike Lane” video and just recently created a video about Center for Appropriate Transport‘s (CAT) internship program.

His work is well edited and worth watching and hearing, too.  I look forward to seeing what he’ll be creating in the future. Take the jump to view the videos and listen to the interviews.

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UO Bike Program Wins Grant to Promote Wet Weather Bike Commuting

The following is a press release written by Ted Sweeney

Globe’s fourteen donated cargo bikes come fully equipped with fenders, built-in lights, and cargo racks capable of bearing up to ninety pounds, sending the message that bikes can be viable vehicles in any weather.

Contact: Ted Sweeney, Program Coordinator
University of Oregon Bike Program
1228 University of Oregon, EMU Rm 37
Eugene, OR. 97403

University of Oregon Bike Program and Collin’s Cycle Shop win grant from Globe to host event promoting wet weather bike commuting

The University of Oregon Bike Program and Collin’s Cycle Shop have won a grant from Globe Bicycles to host an all-day celebration of year-round bicycle commuting on January 12th, 2011. The event, “Ride in the Rain, A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation,” will be held in the amphitheater of the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus from 10:30am to 5:00pm. The celebration will feature free bike repair, music with bike-powered amplification, a rain gear fashion show, a “track-stand” competition, a community ride, and a keynote address by Cycle Oregon’s Jerry Norquist. Fourteen brand new cargo bikes donated by Globe will also mark the launch of short term bicycle loans through the UO Bike Program.

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More About the Downtown Bike Corrals

In a nutshell, there is no intentional delay to get the first three bike corrals installed, it’s just the nature of trying to do something new and different that involves staff people from several different departments.

-David Roth

Some of you wonderfully astute readers may have noticed that there is a discrepancy in WBE reporting about when the downtown bike corrals will be installed.  You may remember that in September I reported that the installation of the bike corrals at KIVA (125 W 11th), Cornucopia (5th and Pearl), and Morning Glory Cafe (450 Willamette St) was “currently in queue behind a mass parking meter installation project at the University of Oregon, and should begin sometime in October.” You also may have noticed Shane’s recent article which says that the very same corrals “will be built during a spring fabrication class at LCC and installed during the spring of 2011.”

If you are like me, you probably are wondering, “Hey!… What?”  (My inner monologue is not very eloquent.)

Confused,  I contacted City of Eugene Associate Transportation Planner David Roth for an explanation.  Turns out, neither WBE story is fully correct.

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LCC Class Corrals Creativity for Downtown Bike Parking

Lane Community College (LCC) instructor Lee Imonen’s “Art 117: Three Dimensional Basic Design” class got real-world design experience this term as they partnered with the City of Eugene to create unique and artistic designs for upcoming downtown bike corrals. A bike corral converts an on-street parking space or other unused curb space for bicycle parking (see BikePortland article for more). Working in teams, students visited the sites where bike corrals are planned, including Morning Glory Café (450 Willamette Street), Cornucopia (207 East 5th Avenue), and the Kiva Grocery Store (125 West 11th Avenue). Research on the history of Eugene also helped inform the eight designs. Display boards and models were created and displayed at a class show on Dec. 9. Continue reading “LCC Class Corrals Creativity for Downtown Bike Parking”

Downtown Bike Parking and December InMotion

An Innovative Solution (Photo: EugeneBicyclist.com)

Today I have a repost from the GEARs website and the wonderful December InMotion from the City of Eugene.  In related news, gradschool is finally on break, which means I can tackle my huge backlog of stories.  Stay tuned!  December will be a good month for WBE, and will feature more than just reposts.  Also, in case you missed the Twitter post, WBE will be changing servers this December.  I hope the server change will address our slowness issues.

Before I repost the GEARs article about downtown bike parking, here is a quick recap of what has happened so far:  Back in August I raised the issue that free downtown bike parking would lead to the lost of 165 downtown bike parking spots when 255 meter heads were removed (often two meter heads are on one pole.)  I had already raised the issue on the GEARs mailing list back in February after reading this article in Momentum Magazine, but it didn’t garner much attention at the time.  However, after my August post the GEARs advocacy sprang into high-gear and began talking with city officials, like Parking Services Manager Jeff Petry (who happens to also be a bike commuter), about replacing some of the meter heads with “bike hoops.”  We don’t have those yet, but to solve some of the immediate need Petry seems to have thought “outside the box” and attached many of the new “free parking” signs to the old meter posts to preserve some of the bike parking.

Take the jump to read the GEARs article about what is to come, and to read the December InMotion!
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Safety Hazard: Fox Hollow @ 46th (Updated)

Update:  It’s now been replaced by an asphalt hump.  Take the jump for more

This isn’t a great week for people on bikes as far as construction is concerned.  First, people on bikes were directed head-on into cars by construction on Pearl and 5th;  now construction has place a huge, slick, unmarked metal plate (with a hole in the middle) in the high-speed downhill bike lane on Fox Hollow Rd just downhill of 46th St.

The unmarked steel plate in the downhill bike lane

I can only assume this is temporary and only during off-hours since there were flaggers in that spot this morning.   I hope flaggers will be there by the time the morning commute starts tomorrow so people on bike don’t hit the plate. In the meantime, people riding down Fox Hollow need to be very careful.

The slick plate is surrounded by 1-2 inch deep loose black asphalt/gravel.  A cyclist going typical speed down that hill (25-30mph) will first cut through that gravel, then their wheel will hit the metal plate lip, and if they survive that they’ll find themselves on a gravely slick metal plate with a hole in the middle.  I know because I tested it as slow speed, and hitting the plate was like hitting small curb.

As of 5pm this plate is now invisible due to darkness and unmarked (except by a construction sign that I moved near it myself, but it’s unlit and mostly invisible, and doesn’t indicate the presence of a plate.)

People are usually warned of steel plates in the road.

I’m more that a little frustrated, because everywhere else in Eugene when I’ve seen metal plates in the road signs have been used to warn people in cars of their presence.  People on bikes are far more at risk from these plates then people in cars, so I don’t understand why a plate in the bike lane wasn’t accompanied with a warning sign and flashing light.  I know it was most likely just a mistake/oversight, but this could really hurt someone.

I already reported it to the City Maintenance Line as well as to City Planner David Roth, who has already saved us from one construction snafu this week when he directed city workers to remove the bike lane marking that led bikes directly into oncoming cars at Pearl.

Updated (take the jump)

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Pearl Bike Lane Temporarily Gone @ 5th St.

Editors Note: The following story was submitted to WeBikeEugene by EugeneBicyclist.com in an effort to spread awareness about this potential hazard.  The post also appears on his site.

The disappearing bike lane

Posted on December 7, 2010 by Eugene Bicyclist
Here’s a hazard you don’t run across every day: You are coming home from work, a bit weary, in the dark, and set about making a habitual left turn into a bike lane that … that … whoa, what’s that pair of headlights? Coming straight at me!

This happened Monday evening. I rode west on Fifth Avenue, past Fifth Street Market, as I often do. I approached the four-way stop at Pearl, right in front of Lucky Noodle, slowed and got ready to turn left onto Pearl.

Pearl, just south of Fifth, has that bike lane in the middle of the street, between the north and southbound vehicle lanes. I turned south, toward the bike lane. I do this all the time.

This is when I noticed the headlights. I quickly veered right, into the auto traffic lane. And then I pulled over and stopped to figure out what had just happened.

After some rough cocktail napkin calculations, I concluded that the bike lane that used to be here is gone. I returned to the scene the morning after…

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Turn It Up – When Science Meets Bicycling

Editors Note:  This is the first article from WeBikeEugene’s newest contributor, Jennifer Hughes!

Another participant, David Kuhns, sweats it out for science!

Sweat poured down my face and landed in the puddle forming on the insulating, black floor mat.  I took a gulp from my third, 16-ounce water bottle, then my arms flung it back in its cage.  I turned up the volume of my iPod so loud that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” drowned out my heavy breathing.  With exhaustion creeping up through my burning lungs, I put my head down and pedaled harder. “You got it Jenn, keep it up!” The enthusiastic lab assistant shouted as I ferociously pedaled on a funky ergometer stationary bike in a heat chamber set to a sweltering 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  “Your data is looking good!”

I was only 28 minutes into a 60-minute go-all-out-and-ride-as-hard-as-you-can time trial, and my legs felt like lead.  My heart pounded through my sweat-soaked, quick drying performance t-shirt that was a shade darker than when I started. The seconds felt like minutes, the minutes like hours.

Seventeen days earlier, I had committed to 20 days as a lab rat for Santiago Lorenzo, who, at the time of the study, was a University of Oregon Ph.D student working on his dissertation.  Lorenzo is currently doing post-doctorate training in the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. For the study, Lorenzo was researching what effects training in the heat have on athletic performance in hot and cold weather.  When I heard about earning 500 dollars as a subject, I signed my name on the dotted line.

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City of Eugene Receives $707,000 Grant for University District Improvements

The yellow line shows the project area

Yellow lines are the project area

*UpdatedI’ve added some corrections and updates after talking with ODOT and the City of Eugene more.

As we reported back in March (twice), April, May and August the City has some great plans for completing one of the ‘missing links’ in the Eugene bicycle transportation system, the connection of the Alder St. ‘bikeway’ to the river path system. The city received official word on November 16th that they were awarded a $707,000 grant from the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program and can now move forward with those plans.  The City decided to piggyback the grant application with their Pavement Preservation Program which is slated to repave Alder from 19th 18th to Franklin in the summer of 2011.  At the end of October the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) met in Seaside Astoria to decide which of the 90 communities that applied for over $37 million in projects would receive the $5 million that was available. Five  Eleven communities were awarded funds including Eugene plus two alternates if extra funding comes available.

Key components of the project include the construction of a new south AND northbound bicycle facility on Alder Street, a new signalized crossing at Franklin and Alder, on-street parking reconfiguration on 13th Avenue, increased bicycle parking capacity, and significant pedestrian enhancements in the small business district. Continue reading “City of Eugene Receives $707,000 Grant for University District Improvements”