The North Polk On-Street Bike Corral Demonstration
Local bike advocate, Whiteaker Neighborhood Council member, and car-free father of four, Paul Adkins has submitted a proposal to the City of Eugene to install the first non-business related bike corral in Eugene. This may even be the first residential on-street bike corral in the nation. Many cities around the country are installing bike corrals in business districts including Portland, San Francisco, New York, and Boulder and as many readers know, the City of Eugene has plans to install three bike corrals this summer. Portland has even done a bike corral in a neighborhood, however that corral was done in the “planter strip” between the sidewalk and the roadway. This corral would actually replace a car parking space with bike parking for about 10 bikes.
The neighborhood bike corral would create a community amenity and utilize public space for a different type of parking than traditionally provided and one that matches the neighborhood usage. As Paul states in his application, “in a residential area where there is more bicycle traffic than car traffic, public bicycle parking is not offered. In this case, local residents simply prefer bicycles in the parking strip rather than autos in order to welcome people that are turning more to bicycles for transportation.” Continue reading “Whiteaker Resident Requests to Install First Residential Bike Corral”
What’s a title without a little hyperbole? Boring, I say!
I interned in the legislature and in Peter DeFazio’s Eugene District Office, not to mention being President of the UO Transportation and Livability group LiveMove and the Vice President of GEARs. I have a lot of experience as an advocate, and I am hoping that the Eugene-Springfield community of bicyclists will help me put those skills to work. – Price Armstrong
But this hyperbole is sort of accurate – if your definition of “saving the world” includes sending a well-trained advocate to The National Bike Summit in Washington DC to represent the advocacy wing of GEARs – He’s a modern-day superhero on a mission to help save Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancement Funding, and to help strengthen GEARs relationships with other advocacy organizations and help take Eugene to the next level (platinum) for biking.
Who am I taking about? GEARs Advocacy Committee Chair Price Armstrong, of course! Unfortunately, attending this conference is expensive; while Price was awarded free airfare to the conference, he still needs to raise $375 to pay for registration and other expenses. Luckily Price is also an experienced mechanic, and is raising money by offering bike tune-ups for a suggested donation of $40. Since we’re half-way through the winter, and I can hear most of the bikes out on the trails before I see them, I’d think many of you might want to take Price up on his offer. Don’t put this off, Price has less than 5 weeks to raise the money, and many of your beloved rides need help long before that (this is also really cheap!).
Price has written an article for the GEARs blog explaining the GEARs Advocacy committee, which you can read here. Please take the jump to read in Price’s own words how you can, and why you should, send him to The National Bike Summit.
Last week I wrote about the City of Eugene’s Transportation Enhancement projects “Westmoreland Park Path & Lighting” and “Jessen Path & Lighting.” Another local project that deserves attention and input is Willamalane Park & Recreation District’s $1.6 million “Middle Fork Willamette River Path Phase 2” project.
Currently Willamalane is finishing up phase 1 of this project, which is a 2.4 mile paved path from Clearwater Park to Quarry Creek. The path is complete and finishing touches of landscaping, fencing, kiosk construction and other amenity additions should be done soon for an estimated opening in April. The bridge over Quarry Creek is also complete, though the path ends there. The turn-around area at the creek will have a kiosk, picnic tables, and restrooms.
Here is a great overview map of the area with the different phases of the projects marked in red (click to zoom):
More information on Phase 2 and a link to the ODOT survey after the jump.
In case you haven’t heard, there is a sweet parade going on this Saturday to celebrate the Ducks’ historic season. Local cyclists have created an entry in the parade called “Eugene’s Bicycling Champions” to celebrate Eugene’s recent Gold rating by the League of American Bicyclists, and to showcase our march towards Platinum. There are also supposed to be tons of kids on bikes. Y’all are invited to join! I’ll sure be there, but probably riding a unicycle and throwing and catching stuff.
After the jump there are details on where to go when and what-whoozit. But first, I’ve been told to put my own “flair” on this post. Generally, that’s a dangerous thing to ask me to do – but since it’s late, and after a day of work and class, I’ll only punish y’all with a little flair:
Watch this entire video about elephants on parade or you hate fun. Then take the jump and read the details.
The City of Eugene recently submitted three projects for the federally funded transportation enhancement (TE) program, which has historically funded many off-street path projects in Eugene. In the current round of funding, ODOT is considering two projects in Eugene out of about 85 applications in total. The public comment period for the TE project selection process is now open and will continue through Jan. 28. The TE program is very competitive, so it is important for members of the public to weigh in on these projects if they have any comments. Read about these two Eugene projects then take the survey to comment on them.
I was biking hard to work recently when I noticed a driver had stopped ahead in the lane of traffic for no apparent reason. I wondered why, until I pulled abreast of the car and the man said, “You lost a glove in the intersection back there.”
I thought about how disappointed I’d have been to find it missing later in the day. A glove is a far too critical and expensive piece of winter riding gear to leave behind for inconvenience. Very grateful, I thanked him, dismounted and turned to recover it.
No need. The next car to approach me had an arm extended out the passenger side window, and it was waving a glove. Instead of handing it off as one would a baton in a relay, the car pulled over and the lady said, “This is your lucky day.”
She spoke the truth. I could hardly believe that not one but at least three people cared enough to help me.
Never underestimate the value of a small kindness. It’s the thing that moves us forward as humans, speaks to compassion and understanding and restores hope on a dark, rainy day.
Public Comment sought for Proposed Eugene Off-Street Path Projects
The federally-funded Transportation Enhancement program has historically funded many off-street path projects in Eugene. In the current round of funding, the Oregon Department of Transportation is considering two projects in Eugene out of about 85 applications in total. The public comment period for the Transportation Enhancement (TE) project selection process is now open and will continue through Jan. 28, 2011. The TE program is very competitive, so it is important to weigh in on these projects if you have any comments. Comments will be accepted through an internet survey that is accessible via the ODOT Local Government Section website or directly at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TE_Public_Comments_Survey_2010. The ODOT Local Government Section web site also has links to the list of projects under consideration, and to copies of the TE applications.
The above mentioned projects are different from the ones recently covered on WBE. Needless to say, positive public input will really help Eugene receive the funding. Read the embedded InMotion for more information.
After the jump I have also embedded the BikeLane Coalition Update, partially headlined: “Bike parking in Eugene Brings Debate; Media Ties “Bike Bridge” to Theft; Bike Tip: Lubricants.”
Both preview last week’s presentation by Mia Burke, which will betray to the reader the slightly dated aspect of this re-post. Sorry, last week was a busy week for us! (WBE is run by clowns, remember?)
A group with a couple UO students as the originators is working on a project called “Pedal Your Turns“, promoting biking to get out and play in the snow. They say the project is a “response to the elephant in the room paradox that all snow sliders must deal with; we love the snow, but are contributing to its disappearance by all the driving we do to get to it.” They encourage backcountry skiing as an alternative to relying on chairlifts but they take it a step further by biking to as many backcountry trailheads as possible. One of their ultimate goals is a 600 mile ride to the California Sierra Range in Eastern California.
Their latest trip was a journey up to Tele-Fest at HooDoo mixing an LTD ride with a 6 hour ride from the McKenzie River Ranger Station (you can see their route here, 35 miles of which they biked). As a skier, snowboarder, and biker I think this is a great project. Getting out into the mountains is one of the excuses for having a car I hear from people who don’t drive much in town. Thinking outside the box and figuring out ways to get out into the great outdoors by bike (and transit) more can help us all reduce our carbon footprint.
Waiting for the Bus
On a separate but related note, I noticed that the UO Outdoor Program has a “Bachelor Bus” event coming up in February, a great way to get over to Eastern Oregon for some skiing without driving your own car.
I had a chance to talk to Fred, one of the main organizers of Pedal Your Turns, at the Ride in the Rain event hosted by the UO’s Bike Program. He said their goal is to get people thinking about transportation choices they make, especially when heading out into the wilderness. They have a couple rides thought out including Tombstone Pass, one near Crater Lake, and a couple multi-modal ones including Maiden Peak (via the Diamond Peak bus to Oakridge) and maybe an Amtrak up to Portland then out to Hood River and up to Mt. Hood. The culmination of all these trips will be the ride from Eugene to the California Sierra Range. They are still working on sponsorship (which so far includes Duluth Packs) and details on how to best raise awareness of the subject but they have selected a non-profit to support, Protect Our Winters (POW), which works to reduce “climate change’s effects on our sport and local mountain communities.” I look forward to following their trips and we’ll keep you updated here on WeBikeEugene.