It’s about that time of year again, time to ride even more! May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene and Springfield. It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together. With over 30 bike rides and events happening during Bike Month it’s the perfect time to try out something new! 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! Come ride with us in May.
Join the LiveMove Speaker Series for another interesting speaker this Friday, April 29th 7:30-9:00pm at Bicycle Way of Life (556 Charnelton St.). Free event sponsored by LiveMove, OTREC, SCI, and Bicycle Way of Life. Free food courtesy of the Tap and Growler.
Lori Kessler Gratl is an architect, enthusiastic cyclist and member of the board of directors of Vancouver, BC, based advocacy group HUB. She bikes to work daily, loves long-distance touring, and is a performing member of the B:C:Clettes. Lori will speak about how to build and sustain an advocacy movement and demonstrate some of the successes of HUB’s bicycle advocacy in Vancouver, BC.
Join the Facebook event and spread the word.
Join the LiveMove student group tonight, Friday April 8th, at the LCC Downtown Center (Room 112) to hear from guest speaker Peter Norton. He is a historian of engineering and society, with particular interests in streets and people. He is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press, 2008). Peter will speak on Fighting Traffic and how to create streets that work for everyone. Free snacks.
Lot’s of great bike happenings in the coming weeks. Join the fun!
Walk+Bike to School Day
Join the National Walk+Bike to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7th. Whether you join one of the local schools participating or simply walk or bike to school, work, or running errands you’ll be part of the fun!
When: October 7th
Where: Schools all around Eugene-Springfield
World’s Shortest Bike Race
Come compete in the second annual World’s Shortest Bike Race. No training necessary (except drinking some beer)- the only thing you need is a bike- and even if that is too much work- you can just use ours. First 100 to register- receive a FREE T-Shirt. Just email us at email@example.com with your names to register. Prizes for the fastest and slowest. Kid’s Race too! 13.9 feet of hell.
When: Sunday, Oct. 11th 3pm
Where: Falling Sky Brewing
UO Transportation Day
Come out and screen print a cool bike shirt on the spot, register your bike, get help with route planning (bus and bike), practice putting your bike on a bus rack, learn about transportation services on campus, interact with local bicycle businesses, and much more.
FREE! Food, music, t-shirts, reflective stickers, bike repairs, and swag.
PRIZES! Enter to win a waterproof jacket and pants from Showers Pass, bike lights from Planet Bike, coffee mug and water bottle holders fromPortland Design Works, and more.
When: October 13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Chapman Hall on 13th Ave. (across from Lillis)
We will explore Eugene’s finest downtown coffee roasters, by bike! Grab your bike and bring your friends to discover your soon-to-be new favorite place to get your coffee buzz on.
Sign up online at outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu/events for free! Must be a UO student or OP co-op member to participate.
When: October 14, 3:00pm
Where: UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
Cost: FREE (for UO Students or OP co-op member)
Willie Weir: Three Styles of Bike Travel
Instead of escaping urban congestion and heading to the country, what if your bike tour never left the city? Willie Weir has explored three different styles of bike travel in Portland, Minneapolis and Montreal. Come listen to his stories and be inspired to plan trips you’ve never before imagined.
When: October 15, Doors at 6 pm, show at 7
Where: Pacific Hall Room 123 (UO Campus)
Cost: $5 general, $3 UO students and OP co-op members
Bike School: A Gateway to the World of Bike Mechanics
Interested in knowing how to maintain and repair your bike? Well, you’re in luck because Bike School is back! Learn the joy of fixing your own bicycle with professional mechanics Al Hongo and Nick Wogan.
During our three week course, you will learn to maintain and repair your standard road, mountain, or commuter bike. You must bring your own bike.
Pre-register at the UO Bike Program inside the UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E 18th Ave) or call 541-346-4371. Must be a UO student or OP co-op member to participate.
When: Wednesdays, 6- 8 pm, October 14th- November 18th
Where: UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.)
Cost: $65 for the class
The Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) is a cargo bike event designed to help demonstrate the capabilities of bikes in disaster situations. The riders will plan and navigate a course of their choosing through the city, to designated check points, in order to fulfill the criteria of the trials, with fully loaded bikes on city roads. At each check point riders will encounter obstacles or complete tasks to assist response teams (like a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team – CERT group). While the riders are completing the course, a Resiliency Fair will be held at Alton Baker Park (the start/finish line) as well as a “Fiets of Parenthood” short course for family cargo bikers and younger riders.
The DRT is a fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield’s Safe Routes to School Bicycle Education Program.
The Disaster Resiliency Fair will be a great place to show off emergency preparedness supplies, bikes, resiliancy gear and information to people interested in living a sustainable and prepared lifestyle. DRT riders will come back to the Fair several times during the day, so it will be a fun place to watch the action and get you and your family prepared! The Fair will be from 11:00am – 6:00pm and includes an Oakshire beer garden.
The DRT will start and finish at Alton Baker Park on Saturday October 17th with staggered start times beginning at 10:00 am!
The Resiliency Fair will be at the Alton Baker Park site from 11:00am to 6:00 pm and will include music, vendors, community booths, family activities, competition excitement and more! Awards ceremony for the DRT will be held at 5:00 pm at Alton Baker.
We need volunteers to make the event a success; consider registering to volunteer for a couple hours at the event. You’ll be doing your part to help out…and get a cool DRT shirt out of it!
Sales from the DRT Raffle Tickets go right to Safe Routes to School to support our Bike Safety Education Program AND you could win a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike or lot’s of other great bike and preparadeness gear! Sales of other items (and registration fees) support the event and any profits go to SRTS and the Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross.
When: October 17th 11am-5pm
Where: Alton Baker Park (Picnic Shelter area)
Cost: FREE (or register as a racer for a small entry fee)
A walkable city is also a great city to bike in! Join the author, lecturer, and TED Talk speaker, Jeff Speck for an interesting (and free) public lecture next Wednesday!
Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.
Mr. Speck is a contributing editor to Metropolis magazine and serves on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, he is the co-author of several books including Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.” His latest book, Walkable City–which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” –was the best-selling planning/design book of 2013.
Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA
Principal, Speck & Associates LLC
Adonia E. Lugo speaks on “Multiple Worlds, Shared Streets: A Cross-Cultural approach to sustainable transportation” as part of this year’s LiveMove Speaker Series.
Dr. Adonia E. Lugo is an urban anthropologist and a leading voice for a diverse bike movement. She studies the conflicting, complex ways that people inhabit cities and streets as human infrastructure. She believes that cross-cultural understanding and respect for diverse realities are central to fostering sustainable mobilities.
Thursday, April 16th – 5:30 – 7:30pm (5:30pm social hour + 6:30pm presentation)
Lane Community College Downtown Center, Rm 112
The next LiveMove speaker event is this Friday with Jennifer Wieland, recent Public Space Program Manager at the Seattle Dept. of Transportation. During her time with SDOT, Ms. Wieland helped to pilot the city’s Parklet Program. According to their handbook, “the term “parklet” originated in San Francisco to describe the conversion of a parking space into a small public park.”
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You are invited
Making Downtown Eugene a Great Place for Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Business:
A Vision for a Vibrant Community
Please join us for a special joint meeting of the city of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and city staff
Thursday, November 13
5:45 to 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building’s Sloat Conference Room,
99 W. 10th Ave (Enter from the back alley off 10th Ave)
Development is quickly changing the face of downtown Eugene. The members of the Eugene BPAC have invited city planning officials to engage in a dialogue about the future of downtown Eugene.
*How can a bicycle and walking-friendly downtown benefit local businesses?
*What’s happening and what still needs to happen to make downtown a vibrant place that people can enjoy by foot or by bike?
This is a public meeting and all are encouraged to attend. After the BPAC and city presentation we will have time for public dialogue and comment.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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