LiveMove Speaker Series: Building Advocacy Movements with Lori Kessler Gratl

Join the LiveMove Speaker Series for another interesting speaker this Friday, April 29th 7:30-9:00pm at Bicycle Way of Life (556 Charnelton St.). Free event sponsored by LiveMove, OTREC, SCI, and Bicycle Way of Life. Free food courtesy of the Tap and Growler.

Lori Kessler Gratl is an architect, enthusiastic cyclist and member of the board of directors of Vancouver, BC, based advocacy group HUB. She bikes to work daily, loves long-distance touring, and is a performing member of the B:C:Clettes. Lori will speak about how to build and sustain an advocacy movement and demonstrate some of the successes of HUB’s bicycle advocacy in Vancouver, BC.

Join the Facebook event and spread the word.

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Job Postings- Bike Friday, City of Eugene, Trips for Kids

Job Postings for Bike Friday

  • Customer Service bike mechanic and parts puller (Full Time)
  • Purchasing agent (Full Time)
  • Reception and showroom greater for the summer (Part time for the season)

For details about these positions see the Bike Friday job posting website.

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Bike Friday Eugene, Oregon on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Meg Roussos/Bloomberg

City of Eugene Park Ambassador Position Open

Would you or someone you know be interested in working along Eugene’s riverfront park system primarily by bike this summer to enrich the experience of park patrons? The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division has two openings in their park ambassador program. The program runs from mid-May through mid-September. Apply by May 2.  Good people skills a must.
Craigslist ad with more information here

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Youth Mountain Bike Group Leader
Trips for Kids-CAT (TFK-CAT) is seeking a new leader for our youth outdoor organization.
Roles & responsibilities include leading youth mountain bike trips (can include camping), administration, volunteer coordination, public relations/marketing, etc.
Eligible candidates will have good organization skills, bicycle riding skills, and communication skills. An appreciation for the outdoors and a firm belief that youth need to spend more time enjoying the natural world that surrounds us are a must.
TFK-CAT’s current leader will continue to support the organization including being available to train the new leader. This is a volunteer position. Send cover-letter & resume to trips4kids (at) catoregon (dot) org.

 

Travel Lane County Pedals Across State

Story via Register Guard Outdoors

Travel Lane County will embark Sunday on a six-day 360-mile cycling tour across the state, joined by destination marketing organizations, cycling enthusiasts and Scenic Bikeway Proponents.

The tour will begin at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (April 17) and will culminate at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pendleton on April 22.

The cyclists will traverse parts of five Oregon Scenic Bikeways — McKenzie Pass, Sisters to Smith Rock, Madras Mountain Views, Painted Hills and Blue Mountain Century. Riders will end each day with celebrations in Rainbow (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday), Sisters, Madras, Fossil and Heppner.

Cyclists are invited to join the ride on its first leg to the McKenzie Outdoor Center in Rainbow. Also joining the ride will be Travel Lane County’s mobile visitor center, MIKE the Bike (a Haul-a-Day cargo bike built locally by Bike Friday). The tour can be followed by using #TourDeMIKE and #ORGC tags on Twitter and Instagram.

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Also on a related Lane County Cycling Note:

Organizers gear up for Tour de Lane

Cyclists have until Friday to take advantage of early registration for the Tour de Lane, a three-day cycling event and rally to be held Aug. 5-7 at Richardson Park at Fern Ridge Lake.

Those who register early can save $10 off the $195 fee. Cost includes choice of supported rides; snacks and beverages at rest stops; route maps; SAG wagon; mechanical support; dinner for all riders Saturday evening with door prizes; sponsored beer and wine garden nightly; shuttles to Amazon Park for Sunday rides and activities during the Blackberry bRamble as well as bRamble registration fees.

For more information and to register, visit www.tourdelane.com.

Speaker Tonight: Peter Norton, Author of “Fighting Traffic”

Fighting TrafficJoin the LiveMove student group tonight, Friday April 8th, at the LCC Downtown Center (Room 112) to hear from guest speaker Peter Norton. He is a historian of engineering and society, with particular interests in streets and people. He is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press, 2008). Peter will speak on Fighting Traffic and how to create streets that work for everyone. Free snacks.

Tree Planting By Bike

Tree Planting by Bike3It’s bike planting season again with Friends of Trees! In partnership with REI and many volunteers they are building their plant-by-bike program and they could use your human powered skills! Over the past few years the program has had several of these ‘bike crew’ plantings and they are a very fun way to show the power of bikes AND get more trees planted in Eugene; creating a more livable and greener city.

There are two tree plantings left this season; April 2nd and 23rd. Sign-up here, gather your trailers, cargo bikes, or just your regular bikes (to assist cargo bikes) then arrive at 8:30 – 8:45 am to be registered to a bike crew. Grab coffee and breakfast treats, and then help load trees and tools onto bike trailers — and tally ho — you’re off to plant trees by bike. Help show the power of bikes to do work and spread shade and beauty around Eugene!

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Sign-up to plant & ride

 

Job Opening: Nearby Nature Summer Bicycle Daycamp Instructor

NearbyNatureNearby Nature Summer Bicycle Daycamp Instructor Position- Apply Soon!

Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting
  • Experience in basic bike maintenance and knowledge of safe biking practices
  • Experience working as a lead instructor of children ages 6-8 & 8-13
  • Experience designing and implementing curriculum
  • Knowledge of local natural history and bike trails
  • Available July 11-15, July 25-29 & August 15-19 (other weeks also possible)
  • Current CPR/First-Aid Certification
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, flexibility, excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in returning in summer 2017

Responsibilities:

  • Attend training, June 17 & 18 from 10 am-2 pm (& one late afternoon training June 16 or 17 TBD)
  • Obtain or update CPR and First Aid certification
  • Create daily plans based on existing curriculum with the input of education coordinator
  • Lead groups of up to 12 kids on bike rides with an emphasis on exploration and safety
  • Supervise both a youth and an adult volunteer during each camp
  • Be a positive and inspiring role model for youth

Salary: $620 – $675 per week depending on experience, M-F (8:15 am – 4:15 pm)

Location: Camps based in Alton Baker Park, plus days off site for advanced bike camps

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter to Nearby Nature (explaining experience and interests relevant to tasks of this position), resume, and three references (at least one biking-related) via email to programs@nearbynature.org. No phone calls please. Application deadline extended until March 31, 2016.

Questions? See www.nearbynature.org or email programs@nearbynature.org.

May Is Bike Month

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May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together. With over 25 bike rides and events happening during Bike Month it’s the perfect time to try out something new! Usually ride for recreation? Try out commuting! Casual cyclist who only rides for errands? Try a longer recreational ride! Want to get your kids riding more? We’ve got events for you!

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Bike Month Highlights

For a calendar of Bike Month of the 25+ events click here. More events added as submissions come in. See how many you can do! Scroll below for complete descriptions of each event.
May 1-31: Walk & Bike Challenge
May 3: Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1
May 4: National Bike to School Day
May 4: Oakshire Inspires- Fundraiser for Bike Safety Education
May 5: Hands-on Bike Maintenance: Drivetrain
May 6: Speaker Oboi Reed: Bike Share & Equity
May 7: Mohawk Valley Metric Century: A Pedal for People
May 8: Eugene CycloFemme Ride
May 10: Bike Touring 101
May 12: Bike In Shapes Ride
May 13: Bicycle Touring: Day Tripping & State Tripping By Bike
May 14: Confident Cycling for Families Class
May 14: Traffic Skills 101
May 14: 3rd Annual BicyClean River Path Clean-up
May 14-20: Business Commute Challenge
May 17: Breakfast at the Bike Bridges
May 17: Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Ride
May 18: Eugene Ride of Silence
May 19: Mountain Biking 101
May 20: National Bike to Work Day
May 20: Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures
May 20: Springfield Wheels by the Willamette
May 21: Kidical Mass Classic Ride (With Madi Carlson)
May 21: Mountain Bike Trail Build Day
May 21: May ‘Mash Ride
May 27: Breakfast at the Bike Bridges

Host Your Own Ride!

We’re excited to get more people organizing their own fun rides. Simply make up your own ride and register it here. We’ll post it here and on the Community Bike Calendar.


Bike Month Events & Descriptions

Tuesday, May 3rd

Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1, Eugene REI, 7-8:30 pm

If you ride a bicycle, then you need this class! In this informative session you will learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle that will keep you riding smoothly and prolong your bike’s life. No experience necessary! Note that this is a demonstration class; please do not bring your bike. Register here.


Wednesday, May 4th

National Bike to School Day, All Eugene and Springfield Schools, All Day Long
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Various events at area schools to encourage families and kids to bike to school. If you only bike to school one day a year…you’re crazy. Bike more! But if you can only bike one day, make it this one

Wednesday, May 4th

Oakshire Inspires, Oakshire Brewing, 11 am- 10 pm

A Fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to Schools Bike Safety Education in Schools. End your ride with a pint at Oakshire! $1 from every pint sold will be donated to the Eugene Springfield Safe Routes to Schools program to help fund Bicycle Safety Education classes throughout the 4J, Bethel, and Springfield school districts. Do it for the kids.
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Saturday, May 7th

Mohawk Valley Metric Century, Armitage Park, 7 am- 3 pm
The Mohawk Valley Metric Century is a benefit for Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts & Culture Program, one of the few truly integrated arts programs in the nation serving people of all ability levels. Every single adult with a developmental disability who participates in the Arts & Culture Program is low income. While people with disabilities have their most basic needs met through the state and insurance, they have little to nothing left over for education, personal growth, and joy.  Facebook event.
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Sunday, May 8th

Eugene CycloFemme Ride, Owen Rose Garden, 1:30 pm

 

A Slow paced social bike ride celebrating women on wheels. CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. Our annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Presenting Sponsors: City of Eugene Transportation Planning and Arriving By Bike. Visit http://cyclofemme.com/ for more information on the worldwide celebration.

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Tuesday, May 10th

Bike Touring 101, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave.), 6-8 pm
Ready for your next adventure on two wheels? Gather pro-tips and fun stories at our Bike Touring 101 interactive presentation! Experienced bike tour adventurers will share their stories, pictures, and advice for the best touring experience on any budget!
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Thursday, May 12th

Bike In Shapes Ride

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Bike in Shapes is a monthly group bicycle ride jaunt and gathering. Prancing Pigs, Oregon Maps, Mondrian Art, Fractal Trees, Pac Man Ghosts…if it’s a shape, they’ll trace and ride it! Each ride is tapped off with some local suds and laughs.

Bike in Shapes is open to everyone in the Eugene-Springfield neighborhood. Rides are posted at least a week in advance, so check their blog or fan them on Facebook page and come along!


May 14th- 20th

Business Commute Challenge, Your Workplace, All Week
Join a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telecommute the most the week of May 14th-20th. The workplace with the highest participation wins, along with great prizes for individuals! Whether you’re a bus rider, you’re thinking about trying bike commuting for the first time,or you want to have fun with your co-workers… this Challenge is for you! Sign up, register your business or office as a team, and join the fun!  Prizes, challenges, support, exercise, community, and FUN! Register. Walk. Bike. Bus. Pool. Click. Win. The more you participate the more chances you have to win. Facebook page.

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Saturday, May 14th

Traffic Skills 101 Class, Whiteaker Community Center, 9 am-5 pm

This class informs and covers the skills and techniques to give riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike riding skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age twelve, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginning to experienced. A safe bike and helmet are needed in this class. Certification, League of American Bicyclists’ Road 1, is achieved upon the successful completion of this course and is the first step to become a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). Eugene will be hosting an LCI Seminar in June. This class has a $40 fee. Register here.
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Saturday, May 14th

Confident Cycling for Families Class, Roosevelt Middle School, 9 am-Noon 

Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets. This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.

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Saturday, May 14th

BicyCLEAN River Clean-up, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 9 am

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On the third annual BicyClean, we will be working in small teams to sustainably clear every mile of the main bike paths around Eugene by bicycle. Come make new bike friends, eat delicious free snacks, and win raffle prizes. Sign-up on the UO Outdoor Program website. Free.


Tuesday, May 17th

Breakfast at the Bridges, DeFazio Bridge (EWEB side), 7-9:30 am
Breakfast at the Bike BridgesEnjoy Free Coffee, Bagels, Basic Bike Tune-Ups, Bike Registration by the Eugene Police, and biking and walking safety information. is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by a local bike shop.

Tuesday, May 17th

More information and registration at Obsidians.org
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Wednesday, May 18th

Ride of Silence, Educational Memorial Plaza (Bailey Hill Road), 6pm

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The ride will start at 6:30pm  from the Educational Memorial Plaza on Bailey Hill Road, please arrive at 6pm for the reading of the names of members of our community who have lost their lives on the road, and to hear the invited speaker. The ride will end at the David Minor Theater, where we will gather to hear stories about our love ones that we have lost cycling on our public streets.


Thursday, May 19th

Mountain Biking 101, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 6-8 pm

Have you been wanting to give mountain biking a try but aren’t sure what you’ll need, where to go or who to go with? Are you tired of riding Ridgeline but don’t know where else to go in Eugene? Come hear the Disciples of Dirt talk about the best mountain biking trails near Eugene, what goes into making those trails and to connect with other riders who share your enthusiasm for single track. Everyone is welcome, no mountain biking experience necessary. Free.


Friday, May 20th

Springfield Wheel’s by the Willamette, Riverpath at Aspen & D St., 4-6 pm
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Friday, May 20th

Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures, The Barn Light East (545 E. 8th Ave), 6:30-8:30 pm

A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level.

Special guest Madi Carlson, Seattle family biking rock star and author of “Urban Cycling”. Plus other local experts talking about family bike adventures near and far. Whether you want to figure out how to get your kids to school, do a basic grocery run, or plan an overnight camping trip we’ll have some good tips and tricks to share!

Social hour mixing, presentation and Q&A. Free event. Food provided. Cash bar.

Sponsored by: LiveMove, Sustainable Cities Initiative, Arriving By Bike™ & Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School

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Friday, May 20th

National Bike to Work Day, Everywhere, All Day
If you only bike to work one day during the Business Commute Challenge this is the day to do it!
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 Saturday, May 21st

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Join Kidical Mass as they welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, who will be in town for a couple special events including taking part in one of the classic Kidical Mass rides from Monroe Park to Prince Pucklers ice cream/playground. This will be a fun ride for everyone. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better?

We’ll also be rocking some Prince tunes so feel free to dress in whatever themed clothing you think might fit…but definitely something you can dance in.


 Saturday, May 21st

Mountain Bike Trail Work Day, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 8 am- 6 pm
Join the UO Bike Program and Disciples of Dirt on the trail to see what goes into to building sustainable mountain bike trails. Learn the strategies that go into building your favorite features and meet other people who share your enthusiasm for mountain biking. This is a hand on opportunity to fully participate in the mountain bike community. Tools and guidance will be provided. Refreshments will be provided after the work day, potential trail riding if conditions allow. Sign-up required, sign-up here.

 Saturday, May 21st

Moonlight Mash Ride, Kesey Square, 8:30 pm
A celebration of people on bicycles under the light of the full moon. Returning in 2016 with the same classic style but a few new tricks!
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Friday, 27th

Breakfast at the Bridges, Blue Heron Bridge, 7 – 9:30 am (Behind Caesar Chavez Elementary School).  

Bike Month Wrap-up celebration!

Breakfast at the Bridges is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by a local bike shop.

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Saturday-Sunday, 28th-29th

Group Bike Overnighter (Sub24Overnighter)

None organized yet, but it would be awesome….why don’t YOU organize one?!

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Now… keep riding!

City Installs Hundreds of Shared Lane Markings

Via City of Eugene Public Works:

Popular bicycle routes in Eugene are about to get a face lift, or rather, some makeup. Shared Lane Markings (SLMs), sometimes called “sharrows”, are currently being installed (many have actually been installed already) under a contract for walking and bicycling improvements throughout the city. SLMs direct people on bikes to ride in the proper direction on a street and raise the awareness of people in cars of the potential presence of bicycle traffic. When people riding bikes travel directly over the shared lane marking they are in the best position to be seen by other road users and will be positioned outside of the “door zone”, where an opening car door can injure a bicycle rider.

Streets where new shared lane markings will be added include Willamette Street, Alder Street, 12th Avenue, 15th Avenue, Olive Street, and Broadway. Streets with SLMs are not bicycle-only streets. These streets need to be shared by all people using the travel lanes. Good advice for traveling on a street with shared lane markings, is to slow down, behave predictably, and act as if other road users are a family member or someone you know, not an obstacle that is “in the way”. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

A short public service announcement was developed in 2014 to communicate where a person riding a bicycle should position themselves within the travel lane. It communicates that all users, including people who drive and ride bikes, should travel directly over the shared lane marking. The 30-second spot is based on the popular video game “Mario Kart”. Though it should be noted that riding a bicycle over a shared lane marking will not provide a “power up” boost, it will make you more visible and keep you out of the door zone. The video is linked on the city’s traffic safety webpage: www.eugene-or.gov/trafficsafety.

Big Bike Week

Lot’s of great bike happenings in the coming weeks. Join the fun!

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Walk+Bike to School Day

Join the National Walk+Bike to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7th. Whether you join one of the local schools participating or simply walk or bike to school, work, or running errands you’ll be part of the fun!

When: October 7th
Where: Schools all around Eugene-Springfield
Cost: FREE


 

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World’s Shortest Bike Race

Come compete in the second annual World’s Shortest Bike Race. No training necessary (except drinking some beer)- the only thing you need is a bike- and even if that is too much work- you can just use ours. First 100 to register- receive a FREE T-Shirt. Just email us at info@fallingskybrewing.com with your names to register. Prizes for the fastest and slowest. Kid’s Race too! 13.9 feet of hell.

When: Sunday, Oct. 11th 3pm
Where: Falling Sky Brewing
Cost: FREE


 

UO Transportation Day

UO Transportation Day

Come out and screen print a cool bike shirt on the spot, register your bike, get help with route planning (bus and bike), practice putting your bike on a bus rack, learn about transportation services on campus, interact with local bicycle businesses, and much more.
FREE! Food, music, t-shirts, reflective stickers, bike repairs, and swag.
PRIZES! Enter to win a waterproof jacket and pants from Showers Pass, bike lights from Planet Bike, coffee mug and water bottle holders fromPortland Design Works, and more.

When: October 13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Chapman Hall on 13th Ave. (across from Lillis)
Cost: FREE


 

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Roaster’s Ramble Bike Ride

We will explore Eugene’s finest downtown coffee roasters, by bike! Grab your bike and bring your friends to discover your soon-to-be new favorite place to get your coffee buzz on.
Sign up online at outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu/events for free! Must be a UO student or OP co-op member to participate.

When: October 14, 3:00pm
Where: UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
Cost: FREE (for UO Students or OP co-op member)


 

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Willie Weir: Three Styles of Bike Travel

Instead of escaping urban congestion and heading to the country, what if your bike tour never left the city? Willie Weir has explored three different styles of bike travel in Portland, Minneapolis and Montreal. Come listen to his stories and be inspired to plan trips you’ve never before imagined.

When: October 15, Doors at 6 pm, show at 7
Where: Pacific Hall Room 123 (UO Campus)
Cost: $5 general, $3 UO students and OP co-op members


 

Bike School

Bike School: A Gateway to the World of Bike Mechanics

Interested in knowing how to maintain and repair your bike? Well, you’re in luck because Bike School is back! Learn the joy of fixing your own bicycle with professional mechanics Al Hongo and Nick Wogan.
During our three week course, you will learn to maintain and repair your standard road, mountain, or commuter bike. You must bring your own bike.
Pre-register at the UO Bike Program inside the UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E 18th Ave) or call 541-346-4371. Must be a UO student or OP co-op member to participate.

When: Wednesdays, 6- 8 pm, October 14th- November 18th
Where: UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
Cost: $65 for the class


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The Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) is a cargo bike event designed to help demonstrate the capabilities of bikes in disaster situations. The riders will plan and navigate a course of their choosing through the city, to designated check points, in order to fulfill the criteria of the trials, with fully loaded bikes on city roads. At each check point riders will encounter obstacles or complete tasks to assist response teams (like a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team – CERT group). While the riders are completing the course, a Resiliency Fair will be held at Alton Baker Park (the start/finish line) as well as a “Fiets of Parenthood” short course for family cargo bikers and younger riders.

The DRT is a fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield’s Safe Routes to School Bicycle Education Program.

The Fair
The Disaster Resiliency Fair will be a great place to show off emergency preparedness supplies, bikes, resiliancy gear and information to people interested in living a sustainable and prepared lifestyle. DRT riders will come back to the Fair several times during the day, so it will be a fun place to watch the action and get you and your family prepared! The Fair will be from 11:00am – 6:00pm and includes an Oakshire beer garden.

Logistics
The DRT will start and finish at Alton Baker Park on Saturday October 17th with staggered start times beginning at 10:00 am!

The Resiliency Fair will be at the Alton Baker Park site from 11:00am to 6:00 pm and will include music, vendors, community booths, family activities, competition excitement and more! Awards ceremony for the DRT will be held at 5:00 pm at Alton Baker.

Volunteer!
We need volunteers to make the event a success; consider registering to volunteer for a couple hours at the event. You’ll be doing your part to help out…and get a cool DRT shirt out of it!

Raffle:
Sales from the DRT Raffle Tickets go right to Safe Routes to School to support our Bike Safety Education Program AND you could win a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike or lot’s of other great bike and preparadeness gear! Sales of other items (and registration fees) support the event and any profits go to SRTS and the Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross.

When: October 17th 11am-5pm
Where: Alton Baker Park (Picnic Shelter area)
Cost: FREE (or register as a racer for a small entry fee)

Northwest Permaculture Convergence Needs Ride Leader Volunteers

Information via Jan Spencer:

Would you like to see a greener, more healthy and resilient Eugene? You can help.

The 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence is looking for eight or so bike enthusiasts to help escort several bike tours that will be visiting “green” sites in Eugene. The tours will be Friday, August 28. They will leave and return to the River Road Recreation Center, 1400 Lake Drive in the River Road Neighborhood. Each site will have its own person speaking.

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The tours are part of the Convergence, which will take place August 28 to 30 at the River Road Recreation Center and will include presentations, plenary sessions, a free outdoor Expo on Saturday and the Friday site tours. The entire event is about downsizing our eco foot print and upsizing civic culture and planet friendly lifestyles. The Convergence theme is “Greening Our Neighborhoods With Permaculture.”

We have five site tours planned and we would like to find eight or so experienced bike riders – at least two for each tour – to escort the riders so they are safe and no one is lost, perhaps help fix the odd flat. The tours range in length from 7 miles to 15 miles. Stagin will be at the Rec Center at 9 AM. Four tours will finish in the early afternoon. The tours will also include car pooling. Tour escorts are not responsible for car pooling. Carpools will have maps.

Two tours will visit properties with edible landscaping, solar design, rain water catchment, reclaiming automobile space, natural building, cooperation between neighbors and more.

Other tours will visit green business, sites with aspects of Block Planning, shared residential living, habitat restoration and citizen initiative on public property. See actual tour destinations below.

Compensation?

You will see some great sites in Eugene that help point the way to a more green and resilient Eugene. You will help people learn about reducing their eco footprint. The tours are free. How many people? We don’t know. Could be ten people, could be forty + for each tour.

Secure bike parking.

We also plan secure bike parking within a chain link fence at the Rec Center where people will check their bikes and come back for them when they are ready to leave. We invite help managing the bike parking. Starting at 5 PM Friday and ending at 5 PM Sunday. We can offer dinner and plenary session Friday for help with the tour and setting up the bike parking.

If you are interested to help, please contact Jan at info@northwestpermaculture.org Thanks!.

You can learn more about the Convergence at www.northwestpermaculture.org The Convergence will be a unique opportunity for greening Eugene. Part of it is free, part requires registration. Please tell your friends about the Convergence. Thanks!

Site Tours

Tour 1 and 2 [Morning and Afternoon] – River Road Neighborhood – ten sites – 7 hours. Three miles. One tour leads into the other.

Tour 2 – Green Businesses – CAT, Back Yard Farmer, Green Store, Growers Market Co-op, Hummingbird Wholesale. 4 hours. Seven miles.

Tour 3 – East Blair Housing Co-op, Maitreya Eco Village, Common Ground Garden and a private home in Friendly Neighborhood. 5 hours. Ten miles

Tour 4 – Private homes – shared residential, cooperative living. 5 hours. Fifteen miles.