In The News: Eugene cyclists circumnavigate a frozen Russian lake, The Bailey Hill Road Safety Plaza, and the Springfield High Cycling Club to ride Lewis and Clark trail

“It was at this point that we learned that in very cold temperatures, liquid fuels such as kerosene and gasoline do not give off enough vapors to be flammable,” Pike said. “I was ready to toss the stove into the endless white and eat frozen bread for dinner.” — Christopher Pike, from the Register-Guard’s “Ice Road Bikers”

Every now and then the local news media publishes a cycling story, and sometimes they publish several.  When this happens WeBikeEugene swoops in with our award-winning (not really) “In The News” wrap-up!

Today’s wrap-up will cover the successful 36 day bicycle circumnavigation of Siberia’s Lake Baikal by two Eugene cyclists (and their three non-Eugene buddies),  the planning and dedication of The Bailey Hill Road Safety Plaza, and the Springfield High School Cycling Club’s planned tour of the Lewis and Clark’s expedition route.

And now, lets take the jump!

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Meeting Summary: Alder St. Workshop and BPAC: Councilwoman Jennifer Solomon conflicted on bike priorities

The April 7th Alder St. Workshop

Last week was a week of meetings, and I sat through them all just for you!  Although I must confess, it really wasn’t so bad.  The Alder St. Workshop was a pleasant discussion on bike priorities, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting fed me cake.

Topics covered in this post include Alder St. progress and updates, City Councilor Jennifer Solomon’s apparently contradictory bike policies, Transportation Enhancement grants, and downtown EMX routing.


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Eugene Rated #5 Best City for Biking by Bicycling Magazine

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Eugene has been named the “#5 Best City for Bicycling”  among cities with a population over 100,000 in the May issue of Bicycling Magazine. The top ten cities are:

1. Minneapolis, Mn
2. Portland, OR
3. Boulder, CO
4. Seattle, WA
5. Eugene, OR
6. San Fransisco, CA
7. Madison, WI
8. New York City, NY
9. Tucson, AR
10. Chicago, IL

Corvallis came in second on the list of top cities with a population under 100,000 – with Davis, CA coming in first.  Continue on to see how the cities were chosen, and for links to a slide show and PDF of the print article.

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In The News: Delta Ponds Bridge Project, Police “Focused Enforcement Operation” results

From the Delta Ponds Bridge Project PDF (click to download)

We have three articles to bring to your attention today: a KVAL article updating us all on the Delta Ponds Bridge Project, a EugeneCycles post with some results from last weeks “Focused Enforcement Operation”, and a TreeHugger.com editorial on the same subject.  Happy article adventuring!

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In The News: Paul’s BWoL Founder Sues Driver, SmartTrips, New Springfield Bike Paths, PIELC Bike Advocacy, and a Survey for Cycling Women

WBE hasn't updated in awhile because I was too busy flying a kites on assorted Oregon beaches. This is what happens when habitual travelers run blogs.

Eugene  and Springfield cycling issues have seen a surge in coverage by the local news agencies lately.  Here are the stories that have caught our eye:

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Weekend News Wrapup 03/13/10 – 2009 Leaf Program Review, ACT, Future Infrastructure Projects, Online Hazard Reporting, and FLUX Magazine features WeBikeEugene Founder

The Weekend Wrapup is a randomly published WeBikeEugene feature used to summarize several key news items into one easy-to-digest post.  This Weekend Wrapup will cover The City of Eugene’s Leaf Program presentation to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC),  Active Community Transportation Act and future STP-U funded infrastructure project updates (both via GEARs News), BikeWise.org online hazard reporting, and the University of Oregon’s FLUX magazine story and video featuring yours truly.

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Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 7.5 years

Joshua Clifton, the driver who was racing down 30th Ave. on October 16th, 2009 when he hit cyclist Hart Godbold, has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for felony hit-and-run, filing a false police report (he reported his car stolen after the accident), and driving with a suspended license.  Clifton lost control of his car while racing, crossed two oncoming traffic lanes, and hit Godbold who was riding up the hill on the sidewalk. Clifton had been drinking rum before the accident, and had a suspended license due to a previous drunk driving conviction in California.

Click here for WeBikeEugene’s previous coverage of the incident.

The Register-Guard published an article about the conviction on Wednesday which had some shocking new information.   Excerpts below: (emphasis mine)

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March InMotion Re-post: EPA Grant, Project Homeless Connect, EWEB Riverfront, LTD, 1-5 Bridge, and more!

The March 2010 City of Eugene  InMotion newsletter  is a wealth of great information.  This month’s newsletter covers the SmartTrips EPA Grant, Project Homeless Connect, Youth Mentoring, the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan, LTD route changes, and community events.

The newsletter also include an important 1-5 bridge construction update: (emphasis mine)

Construction Increases on the New I-5 Willamette River Bridge As construction increases on the new I-5 Willamette River Bridge, people using park paths east of Autzen Stadium will experience delays or detours.  Starting Mar. 15, path users in the Whilamut Natural Area and Eastgate Woodlands will experience delays of 20 minutes or longer. Flaggers will be on the paths to direct traffic.  Bicyclists are subject to the same rules as other motorists, including doubling of fines in construction zones for not obeying a flagger or riding on a road or path that is closed. In mid April, the Canoe Canal Path as it passes under I-5 will be closed and path traffic will be detoured to the North Bank Path.  This detour will only be in place a few weeks and then east-west traffic will return to the Canoe Canal Path.  Signage will be in place announcing the changes.  Please watch for and obey the flaggers.

A PDF of the full newsletter is available after the “more” link.

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SRTS Newsletter: Bike Summit, Classes, Kidical Mass, and More!

The Eugene Safe Routes to School (SRTS) newsletter is a wonderful source of information about bicycle happenings in Eugene.  February’s newsletter (re-posted here a tad late),  covers the Walking and Biking Summit, the $495,ooo SRTS grant, cycling classes, Kidical Mass, Walk + Bike Challenge Month, Act Out Loud, and upcoming speakers and webinars.

You can subscribe to the newsletter here, and view/download it below:

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30th Ave hit-and-run driver convicted

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Joshua Gene Clifton, the driver in the October 16, 2009 hit-and-run on East 30th Ave near Onyx St, was found guilty last Thursday of all charges stemming from the incident.  Clifton was drunk and racing another driver down the 30th Ave. hill towards Hilyard at 11:45 pm when he lost control, crossed at least three lanes of traffic, drove up onto the sidewalk, and struck 26-year-old Hart Godbold as he was bicycling up the hill.  Clifton continued driving and later reported his car stolen.

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