SRTS Updates 4J School District on Progress (audio and video)

On Wednesday, March 3rd, Shane Rhodes and Lisa VanWinkle updated the 4J School Board about Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects within the district, future plans, and projected grant spending.  WeBikeEugene was able to obtain the audio from the school board meeting, and Rhodes (a WeBikeEugene contributor) was kind enough re-create his presentation as narrated video for your viewing pleasure.

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GEARs offers Confident Cycling Classes for Everyone

The new Google Maps “Bike There” feature has further bridged the information gap between novice and expert riders.  Now visitors to Eugene and novice riders, who don’t have an experienced knowledge of Eugene’s bike routes, have safe and scenic routing information available at the tips of their fingers.  However, while Google Maps has made it easy to find a safe cycling route between point A and point B, a rider still may not feel entirely confident or safe riding alone or with their children in traffic or on multi-use paths.

Luckily, the Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) already has a series of cycling classes in place to help educate new, experienced, and youth riders about how to bicycle safely, confidently, and legally in traffic and on the multi-use paths.  For experienced riders the classes do more than just teach safety – they also educate about how traffic laws apply to cyclists, lane positioning, cyclist rights, flat fixing, and safety checks.  The classes are worthwhile no matter what your experience level, and the instructors are friendly and inviting.

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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!

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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Via KVAL: University of Oregon’s bike loan program

WeBikeEugene contributor Alexander Hongo, long active in the eugene cycling scene, was featured in a story on KVAL.com this morning.

Alexandar Hongo via KVAL.com

‘Work on your own bike … with the enthusiastic aid of a skilled mechanic’

“By Sreang “C” Hok for KVAL.com”

“EUGENE, Ore. — Amid the hanging tools, bikes and assorted parts at the University of Oregon’s bike loan program, skilled mechanics regularly fix bicycles with their voices and skilled guidance rather than their hands and tools.”

[…]

“In other situations you come into a bike shop and there is a very distinct line of separation between where the customers are allowed to be and where the magic happens,” said Alexander Hongo, a Bike Loan Program mechanic. “The cool thing about our shop here is you get to come right into the magic.”

[…]

“The mechanics, rather than working on customer’s bikes, empower students to fix their own bikes by teaching maintenance. Customers are allowed to come right into the maintenance area and access the shop tools and work space free of charge.

Go to KVAL.com for the full story many pictures.

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