[updated] Action Alert: Lorane Highway Being Repaved Without Room for Bikes

Update: We received a response from the city.  Click the “more” link to see it and keep writing e-mails.

I received important this e-mail from a WBE reader:

I am not sure if you are aware that Lorane Hwy is going to be resurfaced from 29th to Chambers starting in May.

It was believed that when Lorane Hwy was improved it would have an uphill bike lane and a sidewalk for pedestrians as put forth in the Eugene Master Plan.

However, they have decided to do a resurfacing job that will cover the existing surface of 18-20ft with no shoulder at all and no sidewalk.  The average life of the resurfacing job is expected to be 16 years.

To me this is unacceptable given Lorane is the gentle gateway to the south hills and the Crow and Lorane Valleys.  The traffic calming that they have put on the Crest Drive project has pushed commuter traffic elsewhere. When commuters  find out Lorane is no longer full of pot holes we will get more traffic at faster speeds on this narrow winding road.   To date the pot holes have kept cars to a minimum and the local traffic at slow speeds. That will all change once the pot holes are gone.  Those of us who bike and walk along Lorane will be put at higher risk.

I am not sure where you are with WBE but if you are still sending things out maybe a notice about what is happening would get more people to question public works about the plan so they think of measures to protect bicyclists and pedestrians.

Additionally:

We were told by Chris Henry that because it is under the heading of maintenance it is not considered as anything other than that. […] Of course a 16 year fix keeping the status quo is what we are concerned about with a 1930’s roadway serving a 2013 population.

E-mail the project manager Katie Martwitz here, and Eugene Public Works here.

The project fact sheet is here.

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Bicyclists aren’t free riders | Opinion | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Heck yea R-G!  A great article that says what we already know. The comments offer some great insight into the opposition as well.  Things like “bikes cause more pollution because cars have to slow down and wait for them.”  Wowzers…

Bicyclists aren’t free riders | Opinion | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.

Road Signs and Bike Lanes: A How-To Guide

18th St. 1
There is no need to block the bike lane to tell bikes to merge. We can figure that out on our own. Also, at our slower speeds we don’t need to merge 1/4 mile before the construction, we can do it later.

For at least four years I’ve been communicating with city officials and documenting road signs blocking  bike lanes, and the problem still isn’t fixed. For this reason I’ve created this guide so the city can train their employees and subcontractors. If you see a sign violating this guide please take a picture and report it using the mobile app, or report it online, or call the Eugene maintenance line at (541 )682-4800 and complain. If you can please note the subcontractor who is making the violation and when/where it occurred.

Before I get to the pictures, let me explain why this is such a big deal:

  • This is about safety – the bike lanes exist on these busy streets for a reason. “Just going around the sign” is much easier said then done, especially during rush hour, periods of low visibility for car drivers, on fast downhills, s-l-0-w uphills, and with multitudes of aggressive car drivers.
  • This is about families – if you want to increase ridership, you have to let people feel safe and not kick them out of the bike lane needlessly. Not everyone feels able to take the lane or can ride the speed of traffic. A ten-year-old or parent with two kids on their bike can’t always “just go around the sign.”
  • This is about predicable behavior – car drivers don’t expect bikers to weave in and out of lanes, and can rarely take our perspective and predict our behavior. They certainly can’t predict the behavior of a ten-year-old encountering these signs while biking to school.
  • This is about respect – “Car lanes” are never blocked until the last possible moment, and we want the same consideration. It’s wrong to risk the lives of people on bikes to send a message to people in cars. There are other ways and this guide shows how.
  • This it not about hating road construction in general or wanting special treatment.
  • This is not anti-road sign. I like signs, I just want them to be in the correct place.
  • This is not about blocking the sidewalk – when that is an issue this guide clearly shows that you can use the sign to straddle the bike lane and sidewalk so both users have room. I’m well versed in ADA.

Click “more” to see the rest of the guide.

 

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from BikePortland.org » Appeals denied, groups now want injunction to stop Timberline MTB Park

Without opportunities for non-motorized recreation, many people will never gain an appreciation for nature that turns them into exactly the kind of environmental advocates, donors and voters that groups like the Sierra Club and Mazamas depend on.

BikePortland has a great article that y’all should read.  Bottom line, mountain bikers need a place to ride and we’ll take care of those places.  Local Eugene group Disciples of Dirt do tons of environmental trail work, and yet we are denied places to ride like the Ribbon Trail by hiker groups like The Obsidians and Friends of Hendricks Park who don’t understand the environmental benefits of mt. biking and their advocacy groups.

As a backpacker, environmentalist, and biologist (sort of), I understand why groups like Friends of Mt. Hood, Bark, Mazamas, Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club might initially be wary of a mt. bike area on Mt. Hood.  But, as a mt. unicycler and occasional mt. biker, I know those fears are exaggerated, unfounded, and uneducated.  It’s time that outdoors and environmental groups stop hating on mt. bikers . Mt. bikers like Disciples of Dirt are stewards of the environment, not crazy ruffians trampling a pristine wilderness.

Furthermore, if we don’t have a condoned place to ride, renegade riders will make their own trails and those rarely are environmentally safe.  I don’t condone this, but it happens.  Having sanctioned places to ride keeps new riders riding on trails that are maintained by groups like Disciples of Dirt, rather than making their own trails wherever they want and leaving them to erosion.

Anyway, it’s rare that internet comments are useful, but you should read the following quoted comments from the BikePortland article.  They succinctly explain why YOU should support mountain bike trails, which are currently very rare.

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Don’t forget to subscribe to InMotion

I used to re-post these here.  Now you can just subscribe!

“InMotion is a monthly e-newsletter produced to help communicate with Eugene’s biking and walking enthusiasts. Each month you will find information about upcoming local events and advocacy opportunities that pertain to all forms of active transportation.”

via Eugene, OR Website – Transportation Options.

You should start a project and paint Dillard and Fox Hollow

How cool would it be if someone, maybe you, spearhead a project and painted the no-car bike-through section of Dillard right before it meets Fox Hollow?  Dillard is practically a bike path, and this section is car free and is a very popular bike route between South Hilyard and Fox Fox Hollow. You should paint it and turn it into a park. Yes, you.  You know you wanted a project that brought more art into the city.  This doesn’t even require you closing the street!

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Portland did it!  We can’t let them keep showing us up!

March Open Women’s Mountain Bike Ride

Very excited for this month’s women’s MTB ride!!! We had 28 women’s on last months ride!!! It was great to see so many women out riding their mountain bikes.

We will be riding out a Whypass again. All women of all skill levels are welcome to join. Pass along an invitation to all your female friends who want to ride.

Whypass is located south of Lorane Oregon and contains many miles of fun to ride trails. We will have lots of experienced women mountain bikers out to help on the ride. Lots of opportunity to gain new skills, meet new women, and get muddy!

When: March 30th

Meet: 9:45 AM at Albertson’s on the corner of 18th and Chambers in Eugene. From there we can carpool/caravan out. Or you can meet us at 10:30 at the gravel pile

For more info: email kellysandow-at-gmail.com-we can even help you find a bike to take out and ride for the day!

via March Open Women’s Mountain Bike Ride.

Unicycling Ridgeline and Mt. Baldy

It was nice today.  We did this.  What did you do? Tell the world!

Pictures from Second Saturday South Willamette Art Walk

It was a beautiful day today at the Second Saturday South Willamette Art Walk. There was free Falling Sky beer at Arriving by Bike and some great bike fashions from Allihalla and the Redoux Parlour, as well as handmade bikes from Winter Cycles and Capricorn.

I took some pictures:

March 9th: 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk

This is a thing.  Tell people that you want bike lanes on Willamette while your at it.  ARB is doing something for it too.

Arriving By Bike

2705 S. Willamette St.

12pm-6pm

Drop by to meet area artisans of hand crafted bike frames and gear including racks, packs, clothing and more.

From 4pm to 6pm Enjoy beer brewed locally by Falling Sky Brewing Co. – folks who love bicycling like we do!

via March 9th: 2nd Saturday South Willamette Art Walk.