SRTS Newsletter: Bike Summit, Classes, Kidical Mass, and More!

The Eugene Safe Routes to School (SRTS) newsletter is a wonderful source of information about bicycle happenings in Eugene.  February’s newsletter (re-posted here a tad late),  covers the Walking and Biking Summit, the $495,ooo SRTS grant, cycling classes, Kidical Mass, Walk + Bike Challenge Month, Act Out Loud, and upcoming speakers and webinars.

You can subscribe to the newsletter here, and view/download it below:

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EPA awards Eugene $100k grant to explore SmartTrips options

An exciting press release about a $100,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for Eugene SmartTrips came our way recently from Lindsay Selser, the SmartTrips  Program manager and Transportation Planning Technician for the City of Eugene.  Lindsay also runs the very informative City of Eugene Transportation Planning Facebook page.  The entire press release can be downloaded here (PDF).

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WeBikeEugene.org Official Launch

Welcome to WeBikeEugene.org!

This post  marks the official launch of WeBikeEugene.  We have been posting for a few weeks now, and it’s time to spread the word about the site.

WeBikeEugene has a simple mission statement.  We exist to spread news of cycling to cyclists and others in the Eugene/Springfield area.  We plan to cover advocacy, road riding, commuting, infrastructure projects, off-road projects, recreational riding, road and off-road racing, cycling community events, and anything else having to do with cycling in Eugene, Springfield, and the surrounding area.

Some describe us as Eugene’s version of BikePortland.org. We consider this comparison a great compliment, and hope to be as thorough one day as they are.  However, we have no current plans to expand our coverage beyond the Eugene/Springfield area, nor do we have the resources to update as often.

You can see a little bit of who we are about by browsing our previous topics.  We are not fully operational as of yet, and are still in the process of bringing more contributors on staff.  As we acquire more writers our coverage of events, especially in the racing and off-road scenes, will expand.

We welcome any suggestions for articles, news tips, and submitted articles.  You can contact us here. None of us run this site full-time, and we welcome any help and suggestions from our readers.

As well as doing our own reporting, we will also be aggregating other Eugene/Springfield area news sources, including GEARS news, Safe Routes to School news, the City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter, and other sources.  Our goal is not to compete with these already wonderful news sources, but instead to make them more accessible to the general public.

Many people have put a lot of effort into making this site a reality, but it will only be useful if people spread the word.  A cycling community educated about current cycling events will progress faster than one that is left in dark.  You can help by reading, spreading the word, suggesting article ideas, or even contributing.

And, of course, the most important thing is to get out and ride!

Weekend News Wrap-up 2/13/10

This weekend news wrap-up include two Eugene men cycling a frozen lake in Russia, an STP-U funds update, planned construction on Highway 126, an upcoming cycle track webinar, an upcoming River Front Research Park meeting, and the return of Bike Porn to Eugene.

Eugene men to attempt a winter bike ride around a frozen Russian lake.

Our lead story comes courtesy of the Register-Guard outdoor section.  Quoted from the R-G:

What surely ranks among the most unusual and challenging mountain bike rides in the world will be attempted later this month by an international group of adventurers that includes two Eugene residents.

The five-man team hopes to become the first to use human power to circumnavigate Russia’s Lake Baikal in winter — as well as the first to bicycle around the lake’s entire 1,300-mile shoreline.

If the expedition goes as planned, it will take the cyclists 43 days to pedal — and sometimes push — bicycles with studded tires from Irkutsk down the frozen Angara River to Lake Baikal, around the frozen 400-mile-long lake, then back up the river to Irkutsk.

Go the Register-Guard to read the full Article

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February InMotion Newsletter Re-Post

The City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter (subscribe at the bottom right of this page) is one of the best sources in the area for bicyclist and pedestrian news.

In their own words:

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.  Please feel free to forward this great community resource to anyone you think might enjoy it.

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Weekend News Wrapup 02/06/10

A lot happened in Eugene’s cycling world this first week of February.  Here are some of the key events that happened this week concerning SRTS, the UO Bike Program, Territorial Highway Construction, Alder St./Riverbank path access, Fern Ridge Bike Path EmX construction, the Crest Drive controversy, and STP-U Funds.

Eugene Safe Routes to School received a $495,000 grant.

From EugeneSRTS.org:

The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Eugene have just been awarded a $495,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Safe Routes to School program.

The grant applies to seven local schools and their respective surrounding areas. Improvements on way include  “Stutter Flash” crossings at 28th and Hilyard, 30th  and Alder,  18th and Friendly St,  a crosswalk at Chambers and 14th,  and scores of other improvements.  Stay tuned to the Eugene SRTS blog where more details will be posted soon.
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I-5 Bridge, Delta Ponds, Bike/Ped, Smart Trips, and BPAC

Lee Shoemaker is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Eugene.  He’s one of the people inside the city who helps cycling advocates “get things done.”

WeBikeEugene contributor Shane Rhodes wrote an update on what Lee is working on for the January 2010 GEARS newsletter, and has graciously allowed us to re-post it here.  To receive the full newsletter yourself simply become a member of GEARS (it’s worth it).

From Shoemaker’s Desk

By Shane Rhodes

The latest from the City Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator:

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UO Magazine “Flux” highlights the local cycling scene

Bicycling is a simple, poetic way of solving all kinds of problems, all of the things that plague our culture: health, stress, emotional fatigue, traffic, congestion, pollution, the climate. It’s about community involvement and knowing your neighbors.

Paul Adkins – from Eugene’s Bike-Culturalism by Bronwynn Manaois.

The University of Oregon student run online magazine Flux (which comes out in print once a year in spring) has begun running a series of bicycling related articles.  The first is an amusing first person narrative of a rider’s first cyclocross race, written by Nick Coté.  The second is an interview with the ubiquitous Paul Adkins, written by WeBikeEugene contributor Bronwynn Manaois.  Flux plans to publish more bike-themed articles in the near future.

Via Flux Stories:

Dead Last: Holding Down the Caboose by Nick Coté

Eugene’s Bike-Culturalism by Bronwynn Manaois

Walking & Biking Summit Wrap-up(s)

Few decisions are easier than deciding on who should be involved in a new Eugene area cycling news blog.  WeBikeEugene contributors Shane Rhodes and Alexander Hongo were obvious choices.  If any more evidence is needed other than their history of activism and participation, one must only look at their current news blogs.

That’s right folks, the recent Eugene Walking and Biking Summit was a success, and is well written up and reviewed both in Alexander’s blog and Shane’s Safe Routes to School blog.

Shane’s writeup is re-posted below –  but Alexander’s writeup is full of pretty pictures and you would do yourself a favor in seeing it for yourself.  There are also pictures on Shane’s Flickr Page.

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Via UO Daily Emerald: Bikes 101: apprentices for sustainable travel

Just saw this article at the University of Oregon’s student newspaper website DailyEmerald.com:

From bicycles, tricycles to trailers, Human Powered Machine apprentices fine-tune their craft.

By Lauren Fox | Scene editor

Jan VanderTuin started the Center for Appropriate Transportation in 1992. Since then, the center has added many new programs, including Eugene Bicycle Works, Pedalers Express and a do-it-yourself bicycle repair workspace, but most recently they have added a Human Powered Machines apprenticeship program.

Read more at DailyEmerald.com