In Which Seager Takes a Hiatus

I’ll post any finished articles and press releases that are sent to me.  Other people are free (and encouraged) to continue writing for the site as well.

I’ve done a lot of thinking, and I’ve decided that I cannot run this site for the time being.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, since I haven’t been updating it or returning WBE-related e-mails.  When I started the site a little over a year ago I had a lot more free time, and I saw a huge need for the site to exist.  I still see the huge need, but I don’t have a lot free time.  I also envisioned the site being a lot of work at first, but then being easy to run with lots of volunteer writers helping.  Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but I don’t blame anyone – I’d rather be riding my bike than writing about bikes, too.

A couple things really brought this to a head.  First, Dave Roth has left Eugene and taken a position up in Vancouver, BC.  I wanted to write a huge story about it and how awesome Dave is, but I didn’t have time.  It was a very important story to write, and I couldn’t do it. Other important stories have also fallen through the cracks,  like the Fern Ridge path likely being fixed this summer, and a debate about bike lanes on South Willamette.  A reader was even hit a by a car and I wasn’t able to write about it.

The second reason, and the most selfish, is that WBE has stopped being fun and started being an obligation.  I was feeling guilt about hiking in the redwoods last weekend instead of writing for WBE.  I almost skipped the EWEB Earth Day party to stay home and write.  I didn’t even do an April Fool’s day post this year.  That’s crazy!  If I have free creative time I need to spend it writing for The GreyMatter Jugglers, not WBE.  I’m sorry, but I can’t do both right now.  I’m looking at a summer with 17 grad credits and every weekend booked with performances.

WBE will still be exist and run, of course.  I’ll post any finished articles and press releases that are sent to me.  Other people are free (and encouraged) to continue writing for the site as well.  I’ll also be putting more time into our twitter account and using that as a news aggregate.  I may even write an article if I feel like it, but I won’t be keeping track of everything in my head.  In short, the site will continue much like is has the last few months, but I won’t feel guilty about it.  I’m looking forward to not feeling guilty.

When I have time again, if I feel like it, I’ll throw a huge part of my life back into this site.  For now I’m going to focus on having adventures.  I’ll see you on the roads and trails.

This Saturday: Ninkasi Hosts Bicycle Powered Block Party

Local film maker Terry Holloway has teamed up with the UO Bike Program to host a bicycle powered block party at Ninkasi this weekend.  It will feature local bands and a screening of Holloway’s film “Pedal Power,” which documents last May’s Bicycle Music Festival. The event will also feature the UO Bike Program’s new bicycle powered LED projector, which is 40% more energy efficient than a regular projector.   Of course the sound will be bicycle powered as well.

Read the following Press Release from PedalPowerDocumentary.com for more information:

Eugene brewery hosts bicycle powered block party

Local documentary screening and free concert powered by bicycle at Ninkasi Brewery

A scene from "Pedal Power"

Eugene, OR – March 9, 2011– Local artist and filmmaker, Terry Holloway, is holding a screening of his new film titled “Pedal Power” at Ninkasi Brewery on Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m. The 30-minute independent documentary takes a closer look at the emerging bicycle music scene in Eugene, Oregon. The film was shot last summer at the 2010 Bike Music Fest and will be included in a future feature length documentary documenting similar events in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.

The show is scheduled to take place Saturday night at Ninkasi Brewery on Van Buren St. from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The Screening will include a demonstration of new breakthrough technology in bicycle power and a free concert by local Eugene band The Conjugal Visitors. Bring a bike, drink a beer, and power a party!

Next Week’s LiveMove Speaker Series: Gabe Klein

via Cortney Mild, LiveMove Speaker Series Coordinator:

Please join the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) in welcoming our 2011 Expert in Residence, Gabe Klein!

Transportation expert Gabe Klein will be visiting Oregon from April 6 – 8.  As former Director of Washington DC’s Department of Transportation, Co-Founder of On-the-Fly, and former Regional VP of ZipCar, Klein is here to engage with students, faculty, and local agencies about his innovative work on transportation-related issues.

On Wednesday, April 6th Gabe Klein will be presenting a public lecture about the future of urban transportation and quality of life in America.  85% of US citizens live in urban metropolitan areas, and people are rapidly moving back to the urban cores.  What were once suburbs are now looking more like small cities or urban villages themselves. Given the inevitable demographic and geographic population shifts over the next 30 years, what is transportation going to look like in 2020? 2030?  How will we manage the change?  Klein will talk about macro and micro policy and market trends, such as access vs. ownership, the commoditization of transportation, land use, bicycle/pedestrian shifts, and technology affecting consumer choice.

You are invited to participate in all of the following activities with Gabe Klein on Wednesday, April 6th:

Bike Tour of Eugene:
8:30am – 10am  (we’re leaving at 8:30, so please arrive a few minutes early!)
Meet at the Outdoor Program Barn, 18th and University (access off of 18th)

Public Lecture on the Future of Transportation:
5:30pm Social Hour, 6:30pm Lecture
Oregon Electric Station, 27 E. 5th Avenue, Eugene

For more information visit http://sci.uoregon.edu/klein