It’s about that time of year again, time to ride even more! May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene and Springfield. 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 30 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! Come ride with us in May.
New data about the re-striping of South Willamette Street shows the street is functioning well — and that critics’ concerns about major back-ups and decreased business activity have not come true.
Chris Henry, a city Transportation Planning Engineer and the Project Lead for the South Willamette project, shared data on the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan at a City Council work session in January and then at last week’s Active Transportation Committee, formerly the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Henry has come to ATC a number of times to talk about the project and gather feedback, but this was the first time he had numbers on how the current design is working.
Here are a few slides from the presentation that show what some of the pilot study results are so far:
In summary, despite the fear and concern among some opponents of the re-striping that there would be major delays and that people would stop using South Willamette Street, what we are seeing so far is that those predictions just aren’t coming true. In fact, what we are seeing is more in line with what city staff and consultants projected and even better than their predictions.
It’s taking people about 3-10 more seconds to get through the corridor at the evening peak travel time. If you’ve driven or ridden the corridor you know that any backups occur southbound in the evening, and they are not that bad. If you’re on a bike you might pass a long line of cars, but they still make it through the corridor pretty quickly. A little bit more time through down the street (at a reasonable speed and with less jockeying in the four lanes) allows for them to see what businesses are actually on the street.
More people are traveling at or below the speed limit. Before the change about half the people going through the corridor were breaking the speed limit of 25 mph. Since the change that has dropped to half the drivers doing 22.3 mph or less through the corridor. The 85th percentile (the maximum speed at which 85 percent of all traffic on the street travels) has dropped from 31.2 mph to 27.5 mph. The design of the street is affecting how fast people drive and bringing it closer to the legal speed limit.
Almost all neighboring streets have seen a reduction in traffic, not an increase. Those opposed to the new street design said people would flee South Willamette and disrupt the neighborhood side streets. The numbers show that isn’t happening. It’s not taking much more time so it’s not worth people going out of their way to use the neighborhood streets and only Hilyard saw any increase in traffic and that’s another arterial that is built to handle the traffic.
The number of cars on Willamette Street has actually increased. More eyes on the street! Again, despite some business concerns about people fleeing South Willamette and then not seeing (or stopping) at their business, we see that even more people are using the street now that it’s a better designed street for all users.
We still have until the summer of 2018 before the paving of South Willamette makes this design permanent and the City Council will still have to decide and vote on that change. City staff will continue to collect data including numbers on crashes and collisions, bicycle and pedestrian counts and some financial numbers from the small percentage of businesses who are participating in the financial impact analysis portion of the study.
Then even with the numbers it will be a political discussion and City Council will decide what will actually go down as a permanent design for this street. It’s hard to imagine going back from the current design that is actually working well for all users but as with any political decision you never know until the final vote is cast.
Bike Month Highlights
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 7: Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour
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 Oregon Trail Ride
May 13: Bicycle Touring: Local Trips, Routes & Gear
May 14: Confident Cycling for Families Class
May 14: Traffic Skills 101
May 14: 3rd Annual BicyClean River Path Clean-up
May 14: Mckenzie Pass GEARs Ride
May 14: Cycle Away Cancer
May 14-20: Business Commute Challenge
May 17: Breakfast at the Bike Bridges- DeFazio Bridge
May 17: Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Ride
May 18: Eugene Ride of Silence
May 18: Tour of Rolf Prima Wheels – “Built Right. Here.”
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 Prince Ride (With Madi Carlson)
May 21: Mountain Bike Trail Build Day
May 21: Funktastic Moonlight Mash and KWVA Birthday Bash!
May 21: Cinnamon Roll Ride
May 22: Eugene Triple Peak VII Ride
May 22: Women’s Road Biking Basics Clinic and Group Ride
May 26: Life Cycle Ladies MTB Social
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
Wednesday, May 4th
Oakshire Inspires, Oakshire Brewing, 11 am- 10 pm
Thursday, May 5th
Saturday, May 7th
Saturday, May 7th
Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour, Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (28 S 6th St, Ste A, Cottage Grove), 8 am- 1 pm
The public is invited to the third annual Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour Saturday May 7th 8am-2pm at two locations along Dorena Lake—Bake Stewart Park and Row Point. You can explore a series of rare, remnant prairie habitats with local plant experts who will interpret these sites for the public at this free event sponsored by the Row River Partnership.
Six free wildflower tours for all knowledge levels will be offered at a range of times between 9:30am and 12:30pm, each an opportunity to learn about the wildflowers that bloom each spring, the habitats, and parks where they reside. Visitors are also welcome to visit the booths of partner organizations and local groups at Bake Stewart Park from 9am-1pm during the event. Brand new to the event this year, the Coast Fork Birders will be hosting a morning bird walk at 8am at Bake Stewart Park. All tours are accessible by car, and carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. Participants should bring a picnic lunch, water, weather-appropriate clothing, weed-free shoes, and a helmet if cycling. Please no dogs. See www.coastfork.org or call (541)767-9717 for more information
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.
Tuesday, May 10th
Thursday, May 12th
Bike In Shapes Oregon Trail Ride, Autzen Footbridge to the Claim 52 Abbey in Springfield, 7 pm
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.
Set your axles and pull the reins, it’s May is Bike Month! and time for Bike in Shapes Oregon Trail ride. Meet on top the Autzen Footbridge at 7pm and pioneer over through Springfield to the Claim 52 Abbey at Sprout regional food hub (418 A Street). Thanks to wonderful folks at the Claim 52 Abbey for hosting.
Friday, May 13th
Bicycle Touring: Local Trips, Routes & Gear, Arriving By Bike (2705 Willamette St.), 6:30-9 pm
Come over to Arriving By Bike on Friday, May 13th, at 7 pm and get stoked for summer adventures by bike! Route planning, maps and apps, gear, bike repair and more! Let us help you get ready (and possibly start planning) a bike tour.
Bike over early at 6:30 pm for the “Touring Bikes by the Bench” pre-party if you would like to check-out other bike tourists bike and gear carrying set-ups. Bring your own to share! At 7 pm the featured speaker will share their bike touring stories and advice and get us stoked for adventuring by bike!
Saturday, May 14th
Traffic Skills 101 Class, Whiteaker Community Center, 9 am-5 pm
Saturday, May 14th
BicyCLEAN River Clean-Up, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 9 am
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.
Saturday, May 14th
McKenzie Pass GEARs Ride, Meet at Alton Baker Park, 8:30 am
Meet at 8:30 am Alton Baker Park, to carpool or meet at McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station. Weather dependent, check website for alternate route.
RIDE: McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station to Hwy 242 Observatory and back; 12-15 mph, 48 miles. Led by Jackie Murdoff; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 14th
Cycle Away Cancer, Tacovore, 9:30 am
Most of us know someone who has battled Cancer. Please join us on May 14, at Tacovore for a 54 mile benefit ride to raise money to help Cancer Patients in Lane County. The event is FREE. All we ask is that you bring some amount to donate… you decide how much. ALL donations will be going to the Oregon Cancer Foundation, here in Lane County. Invite your friends!
Tuesday, May 17th
Tuesday, May 17th
Wednesday, May 18th
Ride of Silence, Educational Memorial Plaza (Bailey Hill Road), 6 pm
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.
Wednesday, May 18th
Tour of Rolf Prima Wheels, “Built. Right. Here.”, Rolf Prima Factory (940 Wilson Street), 3:30 pm
Wheels. They are essential to our bikes, but we often don’t pay much attention to them. That is until something goes wrong…a busted spoke, a bent rim, loose bearings. Then we’re going nowhere…fast! Come learn more about these essential parts of our bikes from the experts, the craftsmen at Rolf Prima Wheels. On Wednesday, May 18th, at 3:30 they are opening the doors of their manufacturing plant to show us how they make some of the fastest, strongest, best-built wheels in the world.
You can meet us at the Rolf Prima Factory at 3:30. But better yet, let’s gather at Oakshire Brewery at 207 Madison St at 3:00 and bike over together to Rolf Prima. It’s only a couple of miles. After the tour, we can back back to Oakshire and enjoy a cold beer and talk about wheels!
Any questions, contact Lyn Gilman-Garrick at email@example.com.
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
Friday, May 20th
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.
Saturday, May 21st
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
Saturday, May 21st
A family-friendly celebration of people on bicycles under the light of the full moon.
Grab your bicycle, strap a boom box in your basket, and pedal over to Kesey Square at 7:30pm to embark on a musical journey from funk’s beginnings to today as we ride under the light of the full moon from downtown Eugene, over the river, and through campus to the historic WOW hall for a FREE show at 9pm when Alvin & the Chipfunks open for the funky sounds of Soul Vibrator. Visit KWVAradio.org or moonlightmash.com for more info, or just show up for the ride at 7:30 at Broadway and Willamette on May 21st.
That’s right, KWVA will be broadcasting our playlist, so any ‘Masher can tune in to 88.1fm and bump beats in sync with the boombakfiets! Visit your local second hand store, find a jambox, stock up on D-cells, bolt a basket to your handlebars, and put some ROCK in your ROLL!
Saturday, May 21st
Cinnamon Roll Ride, Meet at Alton Baker Park, 9 am
It’s that time again! The Yummy Cinnamon Roll Ride!
This is the annual “pedal to Paula’s and have a cinnamon roll feast” bicycle ride. Paula Erickson, past president of Gears, makes the most scrumptious cinnamon rolls! Come try them out. Plus, there is lots and lots of great food! This is a feast to celebrate riding your bike and a chance to met other cyclists.
This is a 35-42 mile roundtrip ride (depending on which group you decide to ride with. There will be a 10-12 mph and 12-15 mph led ride). There is a sag vehicle which can give you a ride back to the starting point if you are too tired or FULL, to make the ride back. Meet at Alton Baker Park at 9:00 am, Saturday May 21st. The ride will take us out to the Fern Ridge area.
Sunday, May 22nd
Eugene Triple Peak VII, Meet at Eugene Amtrak Train Station, 9 am- 5pm
We’re at it again, this time with the sun’s warmth at our back, the exploding green of the valley at our finger tips, and trails dripping with gold.
0900: Depart from Amtrak obelisk by bicycle (4th & Willamette) –> Run/hike Spencer’s butte summit via Martin St. Trailhead
1200: Depart from Martin St. Trailhead via bicycle and roll towards pisgah via 30th –> summit by foot
1500: Depart from Pisgah as one glittery unit toward Skinner’s Butte columns via the river path –> a final summit by foot. For glory!
Disclaimer: It’s not a race! It’s a running, biking, social event! Run the buttes & bike between. You can do it!
What to bring: Water, nourishing snacks, a layer, bike lock, whiskey, sunscreen if that’s your jam, golden chocolate, trotting shoes, bicycle or willing toter, prefontaine’s spirit, and an athletic friend. Spoke cards & an opportunity for glory provided. See you there!
Sunday, May 22nd
Women’s Road Biking Basics Clinic and Group Ride, Collins Cycle Shop, 12-3 pm
FREE women specific clinic. Topics covered will include:
How to change a flat, what you need to have with you on a ride, how to ride more comfortably, how to ride safely in a group and more!
At 1:00 they will go on a group ride. If the group is large enough they will split into 2 pace groups with one going 15 miles and the other going 25 miles. Please use this link to register! http://womenroadbikingbasics.eventbrite.com/.
Sunday, May 22nd
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.
Thursday, May 26th
LifeCycle Ladies MTB Social, LifeCycle Bike Shop, 6-8 pm
Ladies! Let’s get together and celebrate our passion for riding trails! Come on out to Life Cycle Bike Shop for an after hours women’s specific mountain bike “meet, greet and learn” social! We’ll have a Fix a Flat practice and competition station, and presentations by local experts on women’s specific cycling nutrition, bike fit, and trail survival techniques for those unexpected mechanical emergencies. Sign up for build days and group rides with your local IMBA Chapter. Learn about women’s specific skills clinics happening in your area and beyond. Sample nutrition bars and other tasty delights created by women, for women! Enjoy some tasty beverages and connect with other awesome ladies who love to ride! Free.
Thursday, May 26th
Business Commute Challenge Wrap-up Party, Eugene Wine Cellars (255 Madison Ave.), 4-6:30pm
Awards presented, pick-up prizes, appetizers, $1 off beverages, and live music.
Friday, May 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.
Group Bike Overnighter (Sub24Overnighter)
None organized yet, but it would be awesome….why don’t YOU organize one?!
Now… keep riding!
Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and people who walk, take note. Senate Bill 533 was signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown on May 21, 2015 with an effective date of January 1, 2016. The new law permits bicyclists and motorcyclists to proceed through a stop light under certain conditions. Statutes ORS 811.260, 811.265 and 811.360 were amended. Roadway users in and around Eugene may have seen what looked like traffic law violations since January . . . that were not.
SBB 533 is not a “stop and roll” law like in Idaho. This change does not mean bicyclists and motorcyclists in Oregon can ignore red lights, or treat them like stop signs. The law requires that a cyclist or motorcyclist stop at a red light, initially. Motorcyclists and cyclists must stop and wait through the full light cycle, before proceeding past a signal that fails to turn green. The intention of the law is to account for the case when magnetic traffic sensors in the road surface or other signal triggering systems are not working.
Motorcyclists originally approached Senator Chris Edwards of Eugene to propose legislative relief for this kind of problem; Portland’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) played a role in writing the bill. Laws allowing motorcyclists and/or bicyclists to proceed at stop lights under certain conditions are on the books in other states, including Washington and Idaho. Some other states’ laws allow for the rider to treat a red signal like a stop sign, and proceed through if the motorcyclist or bicyclist believes it’s safe. Oregon’s law only applies when a motorcycle or bicycle rider does not see their red signal turn to green, depsite other lights at the intersection changing. The new bill does hold motorcyclists and bicyclists who are proceeding through a red light liable if there’s a collision with another road user who’s legally proceeding through a green light.
The rider must wait through the full light cycle after stopping, which means the rider has to be able to see lights for all directions. And the law does not address completely malfunctioning traffic signals.
The scenario is, you are waiting at a light, you can tell the oncoming traffic gets their green, the oncoming left turners get their green, the straight-through drivers heading the same way as you, to your right, as you wait over the sensor loops in the left turn lane, get their green, and the cross traffic each get their greens, and still you are waiting. Some intersection signals are actually designed so a traffic light that depends on sensors never turns green if no one is over that signal sensor. But what if that sensor doesn’t understand you are over it!?
The goal is to make sure motorcycle and bicycle riders don’t get stuck at intersections because their vehicles aren’t being sensed by the systems that tells red lights when to turn green. Rob Sadowsky, the BTA’s executive director, said “Our preferred best solution is for lights to get fixed,” but “replaced” might also be important to think about. A lot of the sensors are older electrically charged magnetic wire inductive loops in the pavement. Look for circle, square or diamond outlines cut in the pavement and filled with tar near intersections. Position your bike over the loop so as much metal as possible is as close to the loop as you can get it. If you have waited for your red signal to change through one full cycle of all the other lights, and it’s clear the trigger hasn’t sensed you, it is now legal for you to proceed through the intersection — with caution!
Tomorrow is the kick-off party for the Business Commute Challenge…sign up now and join the fun!! It’s like a pre-kick off for May is Bike Month.
The Challenge takes place May 9-15 and is a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telework during the week. The workplace with the most participation wins (based on size).
Individual participants can win too! The more you participate the bigger the prize you have a chance to win. Prizes include a Breezer bike, one night stay at Three Rivers Casino with golf for two at Ocean Dunes, one night at Riverhouse in Bend, Party bus tour and tasting for 20 at Agrarian Ale, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more!
Join the BCC Kick-off Party tomorrow (April 30), 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Oakshire Brewing at 207 Madison Ave. Live music, prizes, free slice of pizza and a $1 off a beverage, free bike tune-ups from Patchwork Repair, and more!
Whether you are a bike rider, thinking about trying the bus for your commute, or you want to have fun with your co-workers…this Challenge is for you!
Visit commutechallenge.org to learn more, for a full list of prizes and events, and to sign-up.
The 2014 Business Commute Challenge is an event coordinated by Point2point at Lane Transit District.
via Josh Roll, Transportation Planner, Lane Council of Governments (LCOG)
Do you ride a bike?
Do you know someone who rides a bike?
Or do you know someone that knows someone that saw a Kevin Bacon movie with a bike in it?
If so this post applies to you!
We need members of our community to download and use the ORCycle smart phone app.
This app lets you log your bicycle route and pinpoint safety problems along your route. Additional functionality lets you plot bicycle safety concerns anywhere in the region! All you have to do is download the app and use it!
These data will be used in the upcoming CLMPO/Lane County Safety and Security plan, bicycle route choice modeling, and general system operations.
Starting this week, we are initiating as big of public outreach push as we can, getting the word out to the public and our partners through social media, official notification, work of mouth, and this email blast! This post is only helpful if you do one of two things:
- Download and use the ORCycle app
- Tell a friend (or tweet a friend) about ORCycle app and watch them download the app and use it
Other things you can do to help, become a twitter follower, like us on Facebook, share this email or our social media links with your friends, oh and download and use the app!
In case you needed a motive other than civic duty , users that log trips will be entered into a drawing for free stuff from local bike shops and retailers, though I suspect duty to one’s community will be sufficient.
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Lane Community College (LCC) might be considered a “commuter college” but getting to the campus up on 30th without a car isn’t really that hard. An event tomorrow is meant to highlight that by encouraging students to celebrate Earth Day by walking, biking, or taking the bus up to the campus. If you haven’t tried riding up to campus this is a great opportunity to try it with a group. Here’s the information from LCC:
The Sustainability Committee at Lane Community College encourages students and staff to walk, ride their bike or take the bus together to the 30th Avenue Campus on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.
Those who are interested can choose from two gathering times: 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. Participants should meet at the Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th Avenue and Amazon Parkway in Eugene. Walkers and bicyclists are encouraged to wear safety vests or bright colors if they have them. Participants will be treated to light refreshments at the end of the event and will have the option to enter into a raffle. The Sustainability Committee has chosen to host this event, in its second year, because transportation is responsible for 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and 87 percent of the emissions at Lane according to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This event will offer great exercise for participants, a lot of fun and it will promote sustainable transportation to our campus and the larger community.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com
I may not have time for well researched articles like I did a few years ago, but I do seem to have time to make videos! Here is a compilation of bike lane blockers from a winter of commuting.