Eugene Area Advocacy Primer Part 1: point2point Solutions

Those of us living and riding in the Eugene/Springfield area have a wonderful problem on our hands.  There are so many advocacy organizations in our area working to improve our lives that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all.  It can be difficult to see how these organizations fit and work together, and which is responsible for what.   Well, lucky for you gentlefolks WeBikeEugene has come to the rescue!  Last spring we circulated a questionnaire to as many of the local advocacy groups we could, and most of them answered back.  From this we have created the Eugene Area Advocacy Primer.

The primer is a multi-part series which will run more-or-less weekly throughout the rest of summer, and cover organizations such as GEARs, The BikeLane Coalition, The UO Bike Program, Safe Routes to School, The BTA, and point2point Solutions!  If you’d like an organization covered that is not listed here, let us know!

I’ve chosen point2point Solutions to kick off this series.   point2point Solutions is the organization behind the “Drive Less, Save More” campaign last April and the Business Commute Challenge last May.  They are also responsible for the incredibly useful KeepUsMoving.info website which updates commuters on construction that may affect them.

Take the jump to learn about point2point Solutions, how they work, what areas they cover, and what else they do. (They do a lot!)

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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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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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UO Magazine “Flux” highlights the local cycling scene

Bicycling is a simple, poetic way of solving all kinds of problems, all of the things that plague our culture: health, stress, emotional fatigue, traffic, congestion, pollution, the climate. It’s about community involvement and knowing your neighbors.

Paul Adkins – from Eugene’s Bike-Culturalism by Bronwynn Manaois.

The University of Oregon student run online magazine Flux (which comes out in print once a year in spring) has begun running a series of bicycling related articles.  The first is an amusing first person narrative of a rider’s first cyclocross race, written by Nick Coté.  The second is an interview with the ubiquitous Paul Adkins, written by WeBikeEugene contributor Bronwynn Manaois.  Flux plans to publish more bike-themed articles in the near future.

Via Flux Stories:

Dead Last: Holding Down the Caboose by Nick Coté

Eugene’s Bike-Culturalism by Bronwynn Manaois

Walking & Biking Summit Wrap-up(s)

Few decisions are easier than deciding on who should be involved in a new Eugene area cycling news blog.  WeBikeEugene contributors Shane Rhodes and Alexander Hongo were obvious choices.  If any more evidence is needed other than their history of activism and participation, one must only look at their current news blogs.

That’s right folks, the recent Eugene Walking and Biking Summit was a success, and is well written up and reviewed both in Alexander’s blog and Shane’s Safe Routes to School blog.

Shane’s writeup is re-posted below –  but Alexander’s writeup is full of pretty pictures and you would do yourself a favor in seeing it for yourself.  There are also pictures on Shane’s Flickr Page.

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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.