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.
See our bike planting dates and sign up, click there –> Bike Planter Sign Up Form
How do you get a 672 lb. rock from Lane Forest Products to your house? You can either pay them $75 and have it delivered by truck to the end of your driveway (and then what?)…or you can put it in a bike trailer and have it delivered to your back yard.
I wanted to make a water feature in my backyard so I purchased a beautiful basalt column from Lane Forest Products a few weeks ago and had them put it on hold while I arranged delivery with Pedalers Express, a human-powered delivery service affiliated with the Center for Appropriate Transport. This was an unusual delivery so I called Lane Forest Products with a question about loading the rock into the trailer. The conversation went something like this:
Me: “Hi, I bought a basalt column from you recently and I wanted to make sure the forklift tines would be narrow enough to slide the rock into a cargo trailer.”
Lane Forest Products: “Definitely, we can do it–what kind of trailer have you got?”
Me: “Uh, well, it’s actually a bike trailer. I’m having the rock delivered by bike.”
Lane Forest Products: “No you’re not.”
Me: “Yes, I am.”
Lane Forest Products: “You’re not going to move a 672 lb rock with a bike.”
Me: “Yes, I am.”
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Buy the rock
Step 2: Load it onto a specially designed flat bed cargo trailer
Step 3: Hire Pedaler’s Express to move the rock. Here’s John gaining momentum…
Step 4: Have Jan give John a little help over the Autzen footbridge!
Step 5: Get some help wheeling the rock into your yard (1″ of clearance!)
Step 6: Enjoy the rock in its new home! (Note the hummingbird about to take a drink)
Thanks to the folks at Center for Appropriate Transport for all their help making this happen.
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:
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.
Take a picture at an event, tag it #EugBikeMonth. More pics, more chances of winning
May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and get back on two wheels and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together. With so many events happening it’s the perfect time to try out something new too! 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! In this post you can find a rundown of some of the great events happening in Eugene/Springfield throughout Bike Month. Like any bike event in Eugene these can also be found on the Community Bike Calendar
(a WeBikeEugene project). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know
and we’ll get them up on this list and onto the calendar!
Bike Month Supporters
Throughout all of May you can support the Safe Routes to School
“Bike Safety Education Program” by both volunteering
at one of the community rides held throughout all three school districts AND by buying your lunch at Wrap City
in Kesey Square. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS! May happens to be Walk + Bike to School Challenge
month too and while we are challenging our students to walk and bike more we challenge the community to support our efforts by volunteering and buying local! If you’d like to take your own challenge you can participate in the Business Commute Challenge
. Form a team at your workplace, win some great prizes, and challenge your co-workers and friends to discover the joys of biking!
Full Month of Great Bike Events:
See how many you can do…
Continue reading “May is Bike Month!”
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.
Bike Share may be coming to Eugene. Last year there was a lot of movement and discussion of bringing bike share to Eugene. A bike share feasibility study was completed, the University of Oregon moved forward with a four station, forty bike project, and at the same time the City of Eugene applied for funding from ConnectOregon for it’s portion of a bike share system. However, also in 2014 the University project has been stalled with some red tape and the City didn’t receive the ConnectOregon funds. However, it looks like 2015 might be the year that bike share makes a big move forward in Eugene. The ConnectOregon funds might just happen and with them a renewed push from the newly hired University of Oregon Bike Program Director could bring a complete system to Eugene sooner rather than later. Here’s how it might happen: Continue reading “Eugene One Pedal Stroke Closer to Bikeshare”
Below is a press release and flyer that ODOT released last week about a new app they’ve helped develop that will give planners and researchers data from volunteers who it on their smartphones. Not only will it collect route selection and reason for choosing certain routes but it also allows users to give feedback about crashes, safety or infrastructure issues. Josh Roll from LCOG, who helped develop the local CycleLane app is on the advisory committee for this new app and he’s excited about the potential of this new tool for cyclists throughout the state. ODOT will pass the data onto LCOG and city agencies to help them in their planning efforts.
I’ve used the app for a couple days now, including for my commute and a ride out to Mt. Pisgah. Once you finish a route and go to save it you’re asked a few questions about the route and why you choose it and different questions about the route. I haven’t used it to report any hazards or issues yet. I would still use the iBikeEugene app to report leaves or other road hazards locally as I know those get more immediate response from the city but this new app looks like a great tool. The more people use it the better data we have so download the app and help some planners out.
New ‘ORcycle app’ lets bicycle riders share
Planners, researchers will use voluntary data to help make decisions
SALEM — Gathering valuable data about how bicyclists use the transportation system has always been a challenge. Starting Nov. 10, a new Smartphone app created by the Transportation Technology and People (TTP) lab at Portland State University, in partnership with ODOT, will provide data that can help planners and others make decisions based on users’ feedback and facts never before gathered in one place. The goal of the app, called ORcycle, is to get cycling data from people who ride bicycles voluntarily contributing via their Smartphone, from anywhere in the state.
ORcycle lets participants record cycling trips, display maps of the rides, and provide feedback regarding crashes, safety, or infrastructure issues – data which transportation planners currently lack in sufficient quantity. Prior to ORcycle, there was no systematic way to receive feedback regarding bicycle route safety or riders’ comfort level with bike lanes, routes, signals, etc. By opening the app and recording data whenever convenient, riders will be submitting data to the ORcycle program. Transportation planners across the state will then be able to access the aggregated data to better design, build or upgrade bicycle facilities and other bicycle-related projects.
The Safe Routes to School bike fleet maintenance night is this Thursday!
The Eugene-Springfield SRTS program is having our fall bike fleet maintenance night and you can come help! We will be servicing a fleet of bicycles to prepare for this fall’s Bicycle Safety Education programs in the schools across the region. Please come out and help if you are able!
Bike Fleet Maintenance (all levels of bike mechanic skills encouraged to come) and FREE Café Yumm food!
You can help play an integral part in preparing our bikes to teach over 1,500 students Bike Safety Education traffic skills as part of PE class this school year across Eugene and Springfield.
When: Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 6pm – 9pm
Where: UO OP Bike Barn (18th and University)
Please drop Zane an email to let him know you’ll be coming: Zane.S.Wheeler (at) ci.eugene.or (dot) us
UO Mobile Repair Trike with tools and stand (photo by Alexander Hongo)
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:
Continue reading “Things to See In Eugene While Visiting On Bike”
I’ve often thought there are a lot of ways that people on bikes benefit from being part of “Track Town USA”. People running and biking are using “active transportation” and whether along our streets or on our off-street paths we all want respect out on our public right-of-ways and whether we’re out getting from point A to point B or out recreating we all win with better personal health and a more livable community.
This week the International Association of Athletics Foundations (IAAF) World Junior Championship has arrived in Eugene. The six-day meet, which is coming to the U.S. for the first time in history, will be held July 22-27. It features competition between the world’s best track and field athletes under the age of 20. There are more than 1,500 athletes from 175 countries represented. I’ve already seen some of them out exploring Eugene, walking along the river and even riding bikes around.
Part of the events goals are to reduce emissions by becoming the first carbon neutral IAAF championship event. All event operations at Hayward Field will be powered by 100% carbon free GreenPower from EWEB and all event travel emissions in Oregon will be neutralized through a third-party carbon offset provider.
Athletes and fans will be engaged in sustainability through a “We Can!” booth at the event, where they can participate in a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and earn a commemorative Oregon 2014 medallion made from reclaimed wood from local sources. The booth will also be powered by Pedal Power!!
As the City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention Manager Ethan Nelson puts it, “a majority of people pay attention to sport, it is where our highest ideals of our self and community are embodied. When we collectively work together to create an ‘ecosystem’ that carries an event’s activities out into the community and vice versa, we are really creating a better world for future generations.”
So what the heck does this have to do with biking in Eugene?! Well one of the stops on the Sustainability Scavenger Hunt is the University of Oregon Bike Program at the UO Outdoor Program Barn (at 18th & University) and they need some volunteers! They’ll be doing flat fix repairs and some interactive bike crafts and could use some help from the local bike community. It’s a great opportunity to see the action around Hayward field and introduce people from around the world to our awesome cycling scene. If you’d like to help out please email Briana (borr (at) uoregon (dot) edu) and let her know when you can lend a hand.