special meeting: Bikes and a Vibrant Downtown

special meeting: Bikes and a Vibrant Downtown

That Time of the Year…Leaves!

Several years ago the city revamped their leaf pick-up material to stop telling people to “neatly place” their leaves in the bike lane and confirmed that yes, it IS illegal to put leaves (or any debris) in the bike lane. At the same time they improved their sweeping procedures, created priority routes, and even helped create an app, iBikeEugene that makes it easy to report the issue and get it cleaned up faster. Here’s a little video made by our intrepid founder just today that shows you how to use the app.

Now go get it and start making our streets safer and better for all!

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We’re Alive!

LiveMove Bike Counter Fundraiser

We’re not dead, we’re just resting under a pile of leaves.
Sure it’s a bit wet and slippery out there, so what get out and ride. Here’s a good opportunity to ride AND support LiveMove’s fundraiser at Oakshire tomorrow:

Hi BikeInShapers,

Ever wonder what a parakeet dressed as pug looks like? Or for that matter, how a pug dressed in parakeet suit for Halloween appears? Well, the answer is probably not in this shape. 🙂

On Wednesday, let’s support LiveMove’s Oakshire Fundraiser to get a bike counter installed on 13th & Kincaid. It’s a pricey ambition, so why not throw down a couple pints to move the needle:

http://livemove.org/projects/bike-counter/

We’ll meet at Oakshire at 7pm, this Wednesday Oct. 29th and ride in the shape of the Pugakeet!

See you there or…trick instead of treat!

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Open House Tonight for Ped/Bike Master Plan

Come to the Library TONIGHT (Thursday, Oct. 2nd) from 5-7pm and give your input on how to make the plan even better! Even since this plan was accepted there has been a shift in how cities are implementing improvements for people walking and biking. Updates to the policy section and the system map will help take Eugene to the next level of walk and bike friendliness. Come give your input on what you want to see for yourself, your family, and your community to make Eugene the best place in the country to choose active transportation!

Here’s more information from the city:

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) was accepted by Council in 2012 as an interim guiding document for the development of bicycle and pedestrian projects. It will be adopted as part of the city’s Transportation Systems Plan (TSP) in 2015. There will be an open house on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the downtown Eugene Library (100 W 10th Avenue) in the Bascom/Tykeson Room. The purpose of the open house is to verify bicycle and pedestrian projects and policies before they are incorporated into the long-range TSP. Maps and comment forms will be available for you to provide your preferences. Drop in anytime between 5pm and 7pm. For more information click here: www.eugene-or.gov/bikepedplan
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Things to See In Eugene While Visiting On Bike

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This weekend we have our annual Kidical Mass family bike camping trip and we have a family coming up from Sacramento to join us (Hi Elle!!).  When asked about things to see and do in Eugene in her couple of days before the trip I decided I should write a post about it and get other’s input too. So here are some of my suggestions. Add yours in the comments and I’ll work them into the post to use as a reference for others. This will be mostly focused on families wanting to bike around Eugene. Speaking of which, did you catch that article in Bicycle Times a few months ago titled “The Search for Neverland” about a families bike visit in Eugene? Highly recommended.

Here, in no particular order, are some suggestions for places to see and things to do for families visiting Eugene by bike:

If you’re here on the third Saturday of the month you have to join us for Kidical Mass!

Stop by CAT. The Center for Appropriate Transport can be like a toy shop for both adults and kids who like bikes. They have a rideable museum where you can check out various bikes and take them for a spin around the neighborhood and down to the river path. They also have a DIY shop to fine tune your machines. Good place to top off the air and do your ABC Quick Checks…you do know the ABC Quick Check, right?!  Just be sure you don’t let the kids run back into the powder coating/welding/machine shop area. ..though the bathroom is back in that direction.  Plug the kids into a bike movie and check out all the cool resources.

Explore the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path system. This is a give me and a must. Here’s a map (pdf). Many of the following places can be found riding along or near the path:

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David Minor Bikeway Meeting Tuesday

 

The next public meeting regarding the David Minor Bikeway proposal, connecting the UO campus and downtown on 13th with a 2-way separated bikeway, is on June 24th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Eugene Library Bascom-Tykeson Room.  Previous meetings have been held and there has been overwhelming support for the project so far. Though a couple businesses have raised concerns about the possible loss of parking other businesses and many community members have expressed an interest in seeing improvements for the corridor. Creating a two-way bike facility will help the wrong-way sidewalk riding that is occurring, providing not only a direct, safe, and comfortable bike connection to and from campus and downtown but also a more pleasant pedestrian environment for those walking the corridor.

 

Even if you have attended previous meetings it will be important to attend this one as well since staff will be presenting information on engineering and signal timing analysis as well as collect feedback on potential design options. City staff still needs to hear from people that this is an important connection to the community and without the students in town to represent that others need to show their support for the potential first real cycle track project in Eugene. If this project goes in and is designed well it could be the first step in connecting up our whole bike network with a core of more comfortable bikeways for all.

 

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Let city staff know that you want to see a safe and physically protected bikeway here to create a corridor that is better and more predictable for ALL road users. One key piece of the design will be to make the bike and pedestrian movement a priority and not allow the many north-south corridors for cars interrupt the flow for active transportation users.

 

With the Capstone project being completed this summer and our downtown in the midst of a major revitalization it’s essential that this facility happen sooner rather than later. Ask the city to place this project on the front burner for completion in 2015!  Once the city prioritizes the project and moves forward with planning it then the funding search (public and private dollars) can begin in earnest.

 

There is a new web site that has many answers to frequently asked questions about the David Minor Bikeway: http://davidminorbikeway.com. Have a look and we’ll see you on Tuesday, June 24th!

 

UO Bike Program Unveils Repair Trike

To celebrate Earth Week, and to continue in their great program growth, the University of Oregon’s Bike Program is unveiling their new “Mobile Repair Trike” today.  The trike is a collaboration of the Center for Appropriate Transportation (CAT), the Student Sustainability Coalition, and the UO Bike Program.

UO Mobile Repair Trike (photo by Alexander Hongo)

UO Mobile Repair Trike (photo by Alexander Hongo)

The three-wheeled bike features a metal box integrated into the handlebars. The lid of the box slides to one side to serve as a worktable. When extended, a pegboard full of tools slides up within the mechanic’s reach. A lower compartment can store three collapsible bike stands. The tricycle itself is made to haul heavy loads while still being comfortable for any rider. Other nice features include an Alfine 8-speed internal hub and Avid Disc Brakes with a lock setting for parking.

Matt Keller, UO Bike Program Lead Mechanic said, “It will allow us to work on a lot of bikes where they are, so we don’t have to move them.”  This will be particularly important, he says, when the UO Bike share system is online. That bike share system has been delayed with contract negotiations but is speculated to open sometime over the next year (hopefully soon…).

The Mobile Repair Trike will also be used for free repair events on campus and in the community, according to Keeler, like the one happening today from 10 AM – 4 PM across from Lillis Business School on 13th Avenue. Students and community members can stop by with their bikes to have a free safety check from Bike Program staff and volunteers. Anyone stopping will also be able to take a look at the new Mobile repair bike up close and learn more about the UO Bike Program. Continue reading “UO Bike Program Unveils Repair Trike”

Gil Peñalosa & Connecting Communities

This is a guest post by Rob Zako, Executive Director of BEST (Better Eugene Springfield Transit), whose goal is educating the public about and advocating for a regional transit system that fosters prosperity, social equity, and a healthy natural environment.
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Did you miss international expert Gil Peñalosa yesterday at the “Connecting Communities” conference?

Watch a video of the full 3-hour event…
Watch Gil Peñalosa give a 15-minute TEDx talk…

Gil is the executive director of the Toronto-based nonprofit 8-to-80 Cities. Their mission is simple and compelling: Everyone has a right to get around safely, quickly and conveniently. This includes 8-year-old children—maybe your own children or grandchildren—who are too young to drive; and people 80-year-old seniors—maybe you, if not now then in a few years—who have lost the ability to drive. If the young and old can get around, then everyone can get around. Making a community that works for everyone is democracy, it is equality, it is respect.

In particular, Gil says we need to design our cities for people who walk, as everyone starts and ends every trip walking, even if just to or from a bicycle rack, a bus stop, or a car parking lot. We need to design our cities for people who ride bicycles, as this is an inexpensive and clean mode of transportation that doesn’t take up too much space in our cities. We need to design our cities for people who ride the bus, as doing so uses finite road capacity more efficiently. And we need to design our cities for people who drive cars or trucks. We need to design our cities for everyone: walking, biking, riding the bus, and driving!
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Stolen Bike Alert- Green Long Haul Trucker Xtracycle

 

Because I can post here 🙂
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Stolen from 18th & Chambers Albertsons, Thursday Jan. 16, 5:30 pm. Locked with mini u-lock (almost certainly). Had plain black bag (no patches like in picture), wood snap deck, kickback stand, basket on front of mini front rack. Helmet also stolen with bike (like in bottom photo but with cool reflectors).
No cute kids were stolen.

Police report filed (bike registered).

If seen contact Shane at number below.

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Comments Sought on Proposals to Change Skateboard, Bike Laws

The City of Eugene will hold a public open house on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library Bascom-Tykeson Room, 100 W. 10th Ave., to present three proposed changes to City bike and skateboard laws. The session will include a staff presentation followed by questions and comments from the public.

Proposal 1: Allow electric assisted bicycles to be ridden on off-street shared use paths. Currently, city code does not allow electric assisted bicycles to be ridden on off-street shared-use paths with the electric assist device engaged although electric bikes are considered bicycles under state law. Eugene’s prohibition is inconsistent with other cities in Oregon. Electric assist bicycles are increasingly popular because they allow users to travel for longer distances, carry more cargo on their bikes, and to get an extra boost when needed.

Proposal 2: Expand the downtown bicycle and skateboard “no sidewalk riding” zone to cover new areas where pedestrian safety concerns have been expressed by the public. Several alternative zones will be presented for consideration inside the area bounded by 6th Avenue, High Street, 13th Avenue and Charnelton Street. This proposal is intended to improve public safety in high-pedestrian areas.

20131114-185729.jpgProposal 3: Allow skateboards to be ridden on city streets. Currently, skateboards cannot be ridden in the portion of a street designated for automobile traffic, except when crossing a street in a crosswalk or at a right angle. Skateboarding is currently completely prohibited in areas of downtown Eugene and near the University of Oregon, where it is also banned on the sidewalks. This proposal would make skateboarding a more viable transportation option especially in areas where it is illegal to ride in the street and on the sidewalk. Skateboarding is increasing as a travel option, and the new WJ Skate Park will generate more demand for skateboarding from current residents and visitors from out of the area.

(Editors note: I have heard from city staff that there are major concerns from the police with this possible change on the skateboard law and that could be a major barrier especially if there isn’t a major advocacy push for this. If there is interest from people to create legal and safe transportation options for people using skateboards then we need people to step up and push for this change! Otherwise it will remain illegal for people to use skateboards on our streets. With changes in board technology, usage, culture, and how we want to use our public space we really need to change this law).

The public input received at this open house will be used to help determine what changes to the code will be recommended to the City Council at a work session in 2014. For more information about the open house or these proposals, contact Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker at lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us or 541-682-5471.