Via Friends of Trees:
If you are pumped on biking and want to bring your bike out to a planting event – we would love that! Bicycling crews transport all of the trees, tools and people to each planting site during neighborhood planting events. Folks with bike trailers and racks are encouraged, though anyone with a bike is welcome to plant with us!
Friends of Trees provides trained planting guidance as well as a thoughtful planting route that won’t take you up steep hills, along busy highways, nor terribly long distances with your heavy loads of trees and tools. After every planting, we invite you to warm up at our potluck lunch with tasty soups and other homemade treats.
Last year we had a bike team at every planting and this year we plan on having two! I am here to invite you all, to bask in the awesomeness of pedal-powered tree-planting with Friends of Trees! With our first bike event taking place one month from now in November, I wanted to make sure you all got our schedule of events sooner than later.
Trailers, bungees, panniers, oh my! Bike planters always are an awesome scene, come planting morning.
If you have friends who may want to join you by bike this season – please invite them and send them the sign-up link! We are hoping to have more planting teams this season than ever before. The more bikes and trailers that show up, the better!
Please reach out to us if you have any questions about biking at our events, or volunteering with Friends of Trees in general. You may reach us at Eugenetrees@FriendsofTrees.org or 541-632-3683.
It’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!
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!
What a great way to welcome the Spring; plant trees by bike with Friends of Trees!
We’ve worked hard to improve the leaf collection program so why not help get some more of those carbon sucking, shade giving, traffic calming, green machines into the ground!
Eugene-Springfield Neighborhoods Planting and Bike Planting
This Saturday (3/23/13) ~ 9am-12pm
Plant street and yard trees in Eugene and Springfield. We’ll meet in the parking lot behind the Friends of Trees office at 12th and Lincoln in Eugene, and join teams to plant trees.
One team will plant trees by bike. Please let us know if you have a bike trailer to bring or want to join the bike team. Call or email Erik at: 541-632-3683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall is perhaps the most dangerous time of year for cyclists in Eugene. The days get shorter and the rain returns – requiring car drivers to pay more attention to the road and our safety. It’s not unusual for a bike commuter to ride both to and from work in the dark, and the window for daylight recreational cycling shrinks to less then 12 hours.
And then there’s the leaves… and acorns, and sticks, and rocks, and whatever else happens to drop or get blown in to the bike lane this time of year. The leaves stack up, hiding potholes and other debris, or stay thin and wet, making an ice-like surface. Sometimes they pack deceptively tight and kick your wheels out to the side like you’ve hit a curb – making even minimally blocked lanes dangerous. Bike lanes often become unridable, especially at night, forcing riders to “take the lane” or risk a crash.
Luckily for us, the City of Eugene is on our side. 2010 is the second year of the City’s new leaf program. The new program (originally reported on by the Register-Guard in 2009) is a marked change from the program previous to 2009, which actually encouraged people to pile leaves in the bike lanes. The fliers distributed by the City even had a graphic of leaves neatly stacked in the middle of a bike lane, somehow still leaving room for a cyclist and water drainage.
Take the jump to find out what changed, and how you can report blocked bike lanes and paths.
Before we get this article underway, I’d like to acknowledge that I am, indeed, blatantly ripping off the idea for this feature from BikePortland. If you can’t beat ’em (and who could?) join ’em copy ’em.
Today’s question stems from a hodgepodge of posts that showed up on the GEARs mailing list over the last few days. Posts like:
“The River Trails were great yesterday! However, the leaves are falling at a good rate and are starting to cover the pavement in spots, really well, hiding those areas that may cause someone to fall or worse.”
“I’d love to know the answer to how often they clear off the river paths. I roller blade (yesterday) as well as bike (today on my rain bike – ’93 Specialized Rockhopper) and last winter I was EXTREMELY PLEASED to find the paths occasionally cleared. Or maybe it was my imagination? Or maybe it was the wind? I really don’t know. Does anyone?”
So how often does the City clear the leaves on the off-street (multi-use) bike paths? Did the budget cuts which we were warned about back in April affect this schedule? What can we do when we encounter a path blocked by leaves?
These are the questions that I asked the City of Eugene’s intrepid Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker. I summarize and expand on his answers after the jump!