As we first reported back in March of last year the City is rebuilding a new and improved Alder street between 18th & Broadway. Initial work is starting now with EWEB doing it’s pre-construction maintenance work on site starting this week (see update below). This is going to be a busy summer of construction so be prepared for many detours, construction zones, and closures. A BPAC subcommittee is working on construction zone signage and detour improvements so if you see any dangerous situations for cyclists (like poor sign placements or unsigned closures) send us a photo (after you call it into the City at 541-682-4800) and we’ll pass it on for use in that work.
On Tuesday morning , May 17th EWEB will begin work at the north end of Alder Street. Alder Street will be closed from Franklin Blvd to 11th Street from Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00am until Wednesday, May 18th 5:00pm. Work will then continue south between 11th and 13th Street but the traffic lane will remain open. Bike lanes and parking will be closed.
The purpose for this road and bike disruption is for EWEB to perform work for the upcoming City of Eugene Road Reconstruction Project . EWEB is beginning to replace water service lines, relocate fire hydrants and adjust utility vaults on Alder Street from Franklin Blvd. to E. 18th Ave.
We regret any inconvenience this disruption may cause you. Please forward to any staff or students who may be affected by this disruption. EWEB has notified businesses adjacent to the project. If you have any questions, please contact
This just in from Lee Shoemaker, City of Eugene Bike/Ped Coordinator:
Below is a news release from ODOT regarding path delays on the North Bank Path between Delta Hwy and the North Bank Restaurant next Wednesday, 5/18. The best route next Wednesday is the South Bank Path between 6 am and 5 pm.
Hazard tree removal to create delays on a Eugene ped/bike path
EUGENE- Bike and pedestrian travel on the North Bank Path of Eugene’s Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail system will be delayed Wednesday, May 18, 2011 when a contractor for ODOT tops and falls seven hazard trees on ODOT Right of Way that threaten I-105.
The affected section of the North Bank Path is located south of I-105, between the DeFazio Ped/Bike Bridge on the east and the Greenway Ped/Bike Bridge on the west. The trees currently stand between mile point .75 and 1.25 of the North Bank Path.
From 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 18, the contractor will need to place equipment on the path which will create 15-20 minute delays for bicyclists and pedestrians. Travelers on the path may prefer to take the South Bank Path during the construction period or be prepared for delays. Flaggers will be located on the path to control travel during the construction period.
Of the seven trees, two will remain where they fall for habitat enhancement. The remaining five trees will be limbed and topped and will remain standing for wildlife habitat. Limbs and debris will be removed from the area.
The sun is peeking out a bit more frequently these days and loads of great bike happenings are popping up on the Events Calendar (see the sidebar over there—>). Here are some highlights not to be missed for National Bike Month:
The League of American Bicyclists’ Executive Director, Andy Clarke, is in town tomorrow to commemorate the UO’s Silver Bicycle Friendly University award.
A great intro to bike commuting is happening on May 10: If you have any friends or family who are thinking about commuting but are a little uneasy check out the “Bike Commuters Night Out … and how to get around town on your bike.” It’s hosted by GEARs at the Hilyard Community Center (6:30-8:00 pm). There will be a short presentation by a local expert with information about proper gear and clothing, riding skills, technique, cycling laws, street confidence, and bicycle maintenance. Then a diverse panel of six women will share their personal stories and talk about fears and barriers to getting around by bike and how they have overcome them.
There’s a Confident Cycling for Families class on May 21st aimed at families interested in cycling more often with more confidence. Register here.
Finally, the City of Eugene has announced it’s dates for their popular Breakfast at the Bridges events and they are kicking it off at the DeFazio Bridge on National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 20, 7-9)! Commuters traveling on the River Path Friday will be treated with a FREE breakfast of bagels & coffee, FREE bike bells, FREE bike safety checks provided by Arriving by Bike, bike registration by the Eugene Police Department, and bike resources from the City of Eugene and BikeLane Coalition. Commuters can get all this next to EWEB plaza near the DeFazio Bridge.
There are even more events going on but my question is, who is going to organize the Bike From Work ride to a brew-pub?! Do it and let me know about it.
The University of Oregon LiveMove student group has extended the deadline for their Bicycle Rack Design Competition applications. Complete the application (pdf) and return to the Hendricks Hearth on the UO Campus. Applications are now due Monday, May 9th at 5:00pm.
What’s in it for you?:
The winning design will be built and installed on the University of Oregon campus, pending the approval of Campus Planning.
The winning designer will win a brand new bicycle!
Jeff Mapes, author of Pedaling Revolution, will announce the winner at a LiveMove speaker series event on May 19th.
For more information contact: Cortney Mild: cortelise at gmail dot com.
Movers and Shakers: Connecting People and Places The 2010 – 2011 LiveMove Speaker Series proudly presents… From Good to Great: Sustaining UO’s Leadership as a Bike Friendly University, with Andy Clarke When: Thursday, May 5th
Where: University of Oregon Campus
The League of American Bicyclists honored the University of Oregon with a Silver-level Bike Friendly University award. The designation places UO in the top 20 bicycle friendly universities in the nation. Although UO scored well, much work remains for UO to compete with platinum-rated Stanford, a fellow Pac 10 school.
On Thursday, May 5th, Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, will visit Eugene to present UO with the silver award and inspire us to reach for platinum! We invite you to join us in a day of celebratory events:
12–1:00 pm Bike Tour of Eugene, leave from UO bike program barn, 18th and University, entrance on 18th
3:15–4:00 pm Award Celebration for Bike Friendly University Silver, Steps of Johnson Hall: Speeches by UO President Lariviere and Andy Clarke
5:30 pm Social Hour, Lawrence 206
6:30 pm Public Lecture by Andy Clarke, Lawrence 206
“From Good to Great: Sustaining UO’s Leadership as a Bike-Friendly University. Clarke will speak about what the University of Oregon has done well for bicycling, what needs improvement, and the power of students and universities to promote bicycling in cities.