Springfield BPAC Seeking New Members

The City of Springfield is currently seeking applications from Springfield residents to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 26 in the City Manager’s Office at Springfield City Hall.

The Committee advises City of Springfield staff and partner agencies on bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs, and facilities. The Committee meets approximately six times each year on Tuesday evenings. Candidates will be appointed to serve either a one-year or two-year term beginning in January 2018.

Applicants should have an interest in promoting pedestrian, bicycle, or both interests in Springfield. The City would like to have a diverse representation on the committee, including, but not limited to, youth, seniors, community members with mobility, hearing, sight, or cognitive disabilities, and mountain and BMX bicycle riders.

When: Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 26, 2017.

Where: Applications are available electronically on the BPAC webpage and in hardcopy form at the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield.

For more information contact Emma Newman, Senior Transportation Planner, at 541.726.4585 or enewman@springfield-or.gov.

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Lane ACT Looks For Active Transportation Member

The Lane Area Commission on Transportation (LaneACT) is seeking a new bicycle and pedestrian representative.

The 30-member LaneACT includes representatives from Lane County and every city, transit agency, port or tribe in Lane County, as well representatives of various transportation interests. The Lane ACT ranks and provides advice to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) on funding for various transportation projects, including recently many bicycle and pedestrian projects using the ConnectOregon funding, including funding approved in 2014 for Eugene’s Bike Share that will be launching this September.

The two previous representatives for active transportation on the Lane ACT were Emily Swenson and Holly McRae, both moms with young children who have participated in Kidical Mass and other local rides and events. Holly also served on the Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (now the Active Transportation Committee or ATC).  They both brought a great perspective of a ‘normal rider’ who wasn’t a hardcore cyclist. However, as one voice in a generally male-dominated and auto-oriented committee it seemed a struggle at times to be heard and appreciated. I am certainly thankful that they were the voice at the table and I hope the next representative is also able to speak for the under-represented people who need better transportation for themselves, their children and/or their community.

If you are interested in applying for the position please contact Denise Walters of Lane Council of Governments at dwalters@lcog.org.

City of Eugene Seeks New Members for Active Transportation Committee

The City of Eugene seeks residents who are interested in serving on the Active Transportation Committee (ATC), formerly Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  Recruitment is underway to fill vacancies for two year terms beginning January 2017.  Applicants must reside within Eugene’s Urban Growth Boundary and willing to attend monthly meetings and read background materials provided by city staff.  Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

The purpose of the ATC is: (1) to advise the City of Eugene staff and community organizations and partners on implementation of Eugene’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan; (2) to represent community and constituent interests in transportation planning decisions; and, (3) to provide feedback to staff on projects relating to walking and bicycling.

ATC members play a vital role in implementing walking and biking projects in the Transportation System Plan which will shape the future of the pedestrian and bicycling system for the next 20 years and make Eugene an even greater place for people who walk and bicycle.

Applications are available online via the City of Eugene website at http://www.eugene-or.gov/490/Committees, by e-mail at lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us, or by picking up an application at City of Eugene Engineering, 99 E. Broadway, Suite 400, Eugene.

The deadline for submitting applications is November 25, 2016.   

For more information, contact Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker at 682-5471 or lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us.

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Tree Plantings By Bike

Via Friends of Trees:
TreeBikeIf 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!

Friends of Trees Plant It!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

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Tree Planting By Bike

Tree Planting by Bike3It’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!

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You’re invited to a work party along North Bank Trail

If you like digging out blackberries, you’re in luck!

WeBikeEugene was contacted by the Walama Restoration Project, asking that we invite our readers to a volunteer work party from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 20) to help with an ongoing effort to rehabilitate and revegetate the Whilamut Natural Area along the North Bank Path (just north of Knickerbocker Bridge).

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Members of Walama Restoration Project and volunteers will meet at the site in East Alton Baker Park to hand-pull small weeds and dig out himalayan blackberries.

WRP is working to reclaim native prairie habitat along the Willamette River to boost local biodiversity, improve forage for native pollinator species and help preserve the Willamette Valley’s biological legacy.

If you can’t make this one, WRP plans more work parties throughout the year.

Northwest Permaculture Convergence Needs Ride Leader Volunteers

Information via Jan Spencer:

Would you like to see a greener, more healthy and resilient Eugene? You can help.

The 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence is looking for eight or so bike enthusiasts to help escort several bike tours that will be visiting “green” sites in Eugene. The tours will be Friday, August 28. They will leave and return to the River Road Recreation Center, 1400 Lake Drive in the River Road Neighborhood. Each site will have its own person speaking.

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The tours are part of the Convergence, which will take place August 28 to 30 at the River Road Recreation Center and will include presentations, plenary sessions, a free outdoor Expo on Saturday and the Friday site tours. The entire event is about downsizing our eco foot print and upsizing civic culture and planet friendly lifestyles. The Convergence theme is “Greening Our Neighborhoods With Permaculture.”

We have five site tours planned and we would like to find eight or so experienced bike riders – at least two for each tour – to escort the riders so they are safe and no one is lost, perhaps help fix the odd flat. The tours range in length from 7 miles to 15 miles. Stagin will be at the Rec Center at 9 AM. Four tours will finish in the early afternoon. The tours will also include car pooling. Tour escorts are not responsible for car pooling. Carpools will have maps.

Two tours will visit properties with edible landscaping, solar design, rain water catchment, reclaiming automobile space, natural building, cooperation between neighbors and more.

Other tours will visit green business, sites with aspects of Block Planning, shared residential living, habitat restoration and citizen initiative on public property. See actual tour destinations below.

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You will see some great sites in Eugene that help point the way to a more green and resilient Eugene. You will help people learn about reducing their eco footprint. The tours are free. How many people? We don’t know. Could be ten people, could be forty + for each tour.

Secure bike parking.

We also plan secure bike parking within a chain link fence at the Rec Center where people will check their bikes and come back for them when they are ready to leave. We invite help managing the bike parking. Starting at 5 PM Friday and ending at 5 PM Sunday. We can offer dinner and plenary session Friday for help with the tour and setting up the bike parking.

If you are interested to help, please contact Jan at info@northwestpermaculture.org Thanks!.

You can learn more about the Convergence at www.northwestpermaculture.org The Convergence will be a unique opportunity for greening Eugene. Part of it is free, part requires registration. Please tell your friends about the Convergence. Thanks!

Site Tours

Tour 1 and 2 [Morning and Afternoon] – River Road Neighborhood – ten sites – 7 hours. Three miles. One tour leads into the other.

Tour 2 – Green Businesses – CAT, Back Yard Farmer, Green Store, Growers Market Co-op, Hummingbird Wholesale. 4 hours. Seven miles.

Tour 3 – East Blair Housing Co-op, Maitreya Eco Village, Common Ground Garden and a private home in Friendly Neighborhood. 5 hours. Ten miles

Tour 4 – Private homes – shared residential, cooperative living. 5 hours. Fifteen miles.

Valet Bike Parking Gearing Up for Season, Needs Volunteers

Valet Bike ParkingThe Center for Appropriate Transport has been doing Valet Bike Parking in Eugene for two decades. Each summer they provide a great service to the community at many area events. Once again they are searching for volunteers to help this season. It’s a great way to meet new folks, be a part of the action, get involved with your local non-profits and give back to the community. There are some big events coming right up that they need volunteers for; most urgent is the NCAA track and Field championships happening this week. If you can volunteer for that event, please contact Kate on her cell: Four14-659-1955.

All other inquiries can be emailed to bikevalet@catoregon.org

Here are the upcoming events they need help at:

NCAA Track and Field Championships, Wednesday June 10th:  12:00-3:00, Thursday June 11th: 12:00-3:00, Friday June 12th: 12:00-3:00, Saturday June 13th: 12:00-3:00, 3-5:30 – take-down

Gordon Lightfoot – Sunday, June 14th @ Cuthbert 5:30pm (Arrive at Cuthbert at 5:00 for set-up – Take-down between 11-12)

USATF Championships– Thursday June 25th: 7:30-12:00, 12:00-5:30, 5:30-9:30, Friday June 26th: 6:45-12:00, 12:00-5:30, 5:30-9:30, Saturday June 27th: 7:45-12:30, 12:30-6:00, 6:00-10:15, Sunday June 28th: 8:15-11:45, 11:45-3:00

Art and the Vineyard– Friday July 3rd:  11:00-3:00, 3:00-6:00, 6:00-9:30, Saturday July 4th 10:00-2:00, 2:00-5:00, 5:00-10:30, Sunday July 5th: 11:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-7:00

Thanks for being part in keeping your local non-profits alive and thriving. We hope to work with you soon!

Kate L. , Valet Bicycle Coordinator, Center for Appropriate Transport

 

Volunteers Needed: Bike Safety Education Rides

Volunteers are needed to help with the Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Education rides.

Guess what? You get to ride your bike around, role model good bicycle behavior, and empower more youth to be safe, responsible bicycle riders. How fun!

Please sign up for Bike Safety Community Ride!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/mB5HUx
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me (zane.s.wheeler@ci.eugene.or.us) and I can sign you up manually.

As the regional Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School program expands, we need even more volunteers to help us reach our goal of providing bicycle safety education to every student in Springfield, 4j, and Bethel school districts. In the 2014-2015 school year we will reach over 1,500 students with our bike safety education course. THANK YOU in advance for your contributions to making this vision become reality.

 

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Calling All Superheroes! Sunday Streets Needs Volunteers!

sunday_streets_130This summer marks the third year of Eugene Sunday Streets, a free event that focuses on building community and promoting active lifestyles. On Sunday, July 21st and September 8th, from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM, people will be able to walk, roll, and dance in the streets along a car-free route. The first event will be held in Downtown Eugene and the second event will be held in the Bethel Neighborhood.

Eugene Sunday Streets still needs over 100 volunteers for the July 21st event to make it safe and fun for everyone. Intersection Superheroes are especially needed.  Intersection Superheroes help direct traffic flow, answer questions, redirect neighborhood traffic, and set up or take down barricades at their designated intersection. There are two shifts available: 10:45 AM to 2:00 PM and 1:45 to 4:30 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to www.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer to sign up or call the Eugene Sunday Streets Volunteer Coordinator at 541-501-0356.

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Sunday Streets Downtown is presented by the City of Eugene, in partnership with the first ever TrackTown City Center Mile and fast-paced Rolf Prima Downtown Criterium bicycle race from 7am – noon, presented by dark30 sports. Kesey Square and Monroe Park will feature major activity centers along the route. The Summer in the City activity center in Kesey Square will include a beer garden, public art unveiling, obstacle course, and pedal powered music stage. Local businesses will also be providing free samples and specials on the day of the event. Monroe Park will feature Eugene Yoga classes, children’s Burley MyKick push-bike races, circus arts and gymnastics for all ages, and live musical performances by Water Tower, the North Eugene Ukulele Orchestra, RevelleveR, and Kudana marimba group.

With no designated start or finish, the two-way car-free route can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle, roller skates, or dancing at everyone’s own pace. The event is designed to get the entire community outside, having fun and enjoying healthy activities in Eugene’s public spaces while showing how easy it is to get around by human-powered transportation.

To volunteer or learn more about Eugene Sunday Streets please go to www.eugenesundaystreets.org or call 541-501-0356.

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