City of Eugene Transportation Option Interns Working on Great Projects

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Eugene Sunday Streets
Eugene Sunday Streets is happy to be celebrating its fifth year this summer by hosting two events; July 26th in Downtown Eugene, and September 20th in the Friendly Neighborhood. These events are free and open to everyone, temporarily closing down streets for an afternoon full of bike friendly rolling, walking, playing and exploring at our musical stages and activity centers. Events such as helmet decorating, scooter races, bike lessons, taekwondo demonstrations and yoga classes fill the streets and promote healthy active lifestyles and community engagement. The idea for our open street celebration was modeled from an event in Bogota Colombia that has spread to a national movement of cities closing down streets to promote sustainable transportation, in a safe and family friendly environment. The goals for our Sunday Street events are: to create new opportunities for businesses, investing money directly into our local economy, opening up a conversation about global c limate change and sustainability, improve the health of our residents, reduce dependence on motor vehicles by shifting behavior to increase walking or biking and increase neighborhood livability. This year we anticipate over 6,000 participants and will be working with over 200 volunteers, making for two fantastic summer events! Save the dates, and get excited! We hope to see you there! This is funded through a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and donations from private businesses and individuals like you. DONATE HERE!

Emily was born and raised here in Eugene, and grew up on the back of a bike. She is a student at the University of Oregon studying theology with an interest in community organizing around issues of social justice.

Emily Farthing, Eugene Sunday Streets Coordinator – sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us

SmartTrips: Eugene
Taking public transit, walking, and biking to get to your next destination are great ways for residents to decrease their CO2 emissions, increase their daily physical activity and connect with their community in a new ways. Many people have a variety of barriers that can prevent them from using active transportation in their daily lives. SmartTrips: Eugene would like to help South Central residents overcome these barriers and promote the benefits of active transportation. SmartTrips: South Central will be kicking off in June of 2015 targeting residents in Friendly Neighborhood and Southeast neighborhood (residents north of 46th Ave). This will be a great opportunity for these residents to learn more of their neighborhood’s resources and infrastructure that help support these modes. Each household will be mailed an order form which will outline all the informational materials, prizes and helpful tools that we will be offering free! After order is placed a SmartTrips staff will be delivering these kits by bicycle. Along with the SmartTrip Kits, we will also be hosting a variety of events in the neighborhoods to help engage and support walking, biking and transit modes. SmartTrips events allow for residents to come together and try a new mode or strengthen this lifestyle behavior with their neighbors. This is funded through State Transportation Planning – Urban money, from Oregon Department of Transportation, passed through our Regional Metropolitan Planning Committee.

Jessica is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at Oregon State University and is hoping to use her current knowledge in environmental health and health promotion within SmartTrips Eugene program.

Jessica Kessinger, SmartTrips: Eugene Coordinator, Jessica.a.kessinger@ci.eugene.or.us

Large Employer Transportation Options Pilot Program
One of our transportation options interns, Alexis Biddle, is developing a program for large employers to encourage transportation options in Eugene. Because the City has so many locations where its employees are located, Alexis has been tracking each facility’s features that relate to how employees travel to work. He has also been making a survey that will measure how City employees currently get to work and what they would like to see changed. Once the survey results are compiled and the inventory is complete, Alexis will implement an individualized marketing campaign that encourages employees to adopt transportation modes that are healthy and reduce carbon emissions. The information derived from Alexis’ work will also help the city shape policies that encourage biking, walking, transit, and car share for commute and work trips. This program is a step towards achieving the city’s carbon reduction goals and wellness objectives. Once this pilot program is comp lete, the template will be available for other large employers in our region to use within their own organizations. This is funded through at grant from Oregon Department of Transportation.
Alexis is pursuing graduate degrees in law and planning at the University of Oregon and wants to work in the development of Multimodal transportation policy.

Alexis Biddle, Transportation Options Intern, alexis.j.biddle@ci.eugene.or.us

Regional Crosswalk Safety & Education Campaign
The Crosswalk Safety Campaign will educate Eugene residents on the laws and responsibilities surrounding marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections, particularly for people driving. The goal is to create a culture shift of our community’s knowledge and behavior at crosswalks in order to prevent crashes and injuries and to save lives. It is so important for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to be safe and feel comfortable walking around in our city without fear of getting hurt or killed. For those of us that are driving, it’s important to be aware of and respect people walking for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. Do you know the laws if you are walking or driving across a crosswalk? Every corner is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, and you have to stop for people walking. People that walk and bike are more vulnerable; slow down and save a life! Keep an eye out this summer for our ads on radio, TV, buses and more. This is funded through a grant from the Oregon Health Authority.

Claudia is a graduate student at the University of Oregon in the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability program. She moved to Oregon from Albuquerque, NM where she worked on her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning & Design, she’s originally from Sweden.

Claudia Denton, Pedestrian Safety Campaign Intern, Claudia.m.denton@ci.eugene.or.us

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