The City of Eugene Public Works Transportation Planning staff held their third public meeting on the “Campus to Downtown Bike Connection” project (also known as the David Minor Bikeway) last night and have officially recommended a two-way cycle track from Alder to Olive. Though much design work remains to be done and funding secured this is the first step in creating a safe, convenient, and comfortable active transportation connection from the two of the cities highest bicycle trip generator nodes.
As part of the project they laid out some short, medium, and long term recommendations. Those include wayfinding for the short term, bike boulevard improvements on 12th (with sharrows and signage) and improving the multi-use path between Oak and Willamette for the medium term, and the two-way cycle track for the medium to long term. No specific timeline was given beyond “this summer” for the short time wayfinding improvements.
Specific designs were also not part of the presentation with only a brief explanation of what the cycle track might look like throughout the corridor, where parking would be moved or reduced, where bike specific signals and signal timing might be implemented and where travel lane consolidation might occur. It was stated that it would not be painted green throughout the length of the project as depicted in the original LiveMove design recommendation but used only at specific “conflict zones”. The city would also place parking bays at specific locations to replace some lost on-street parking and the highest cost improvement would be the placement of signals for westbound cyclists and upgrading the current signals. Whether there would be physical separation with a curb or planters or simply a painted buffer will apparently be decided in the next design phase as well.
Costs for the project, not including signals is projected to be $502,000 for the parking bays, striping, protected barrier, signs, concrete work, engineering and contingency. Another $469,000 would be required to place the bike signals and do a “minimal upgrade” to the existing signals. For bike signals and upgrading the oldest signals to current standards it would be another $1.13 million and for bike signals and upgrading all signals to current standards it would be another $1.8 million.
Final design and funding are now the next big hurdles for the project. Some funds have already been committed by the David Minor family ($150,000) and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee have prioritized the project and recommends at least $150,000 of the pavement bond measure active transportation funds be applied to the project. The city will now look at cobbling together other funds from various sources including system development funds, federal and state transportation funds, as well as private and crowdsourced funding options.