This is a guest post by Rob Zako, Executive Director of BEST (Better Eugene Springfield Transit), whose goal is educating the public about and advocating for a regional transit system that fosters prosperity, social equity, and a healthy natural environment.
Did you miss international expert Gil Peñalosa yesterday at the “Connecting Communities” conference?
Watch a video of the full 3-hour event…
Watch Gil Peñalosa give a 15-minute TEDx talk…
Gil is the executive director of the Toronto-based nonprofit 8-to-80 Cities. Their mission is simple and compelling: Everyone has a right to get around safely, quickly and conveniently. This includes 8-year-old children—maybe your own children or grandchildren—who are too young to drive; and people 80-year-old seniors—maybe you, if not now then in a few years—who have lost the ability to drive. If the young and old can get around, then everyone can get around. Making a community that works for everyone is democracy, it is equality, it is respect.
In particular, Gil says we need to design our cities for people who walk, as everyone starts and ends every trip walking, even if just to or from a bicycle rack, a bus stop, or a car parking lot. We need to design our cities for people who ride bicycles, as this is an inexpensive and clean mode of transportation that doesn’t take up too much space in our cities. We need to design our cities for people who ride the bus, as doing so uses finite road capacity more efficiently. And we need to design our cities for people who drive cars or trucks. We need to design our cities for everyone: walking, biking, riding the bus, and driving!
Let me tell you a little story about my stolen bicycle. It’s rare to have good news about a bicycle theft but I’ll tell you from the outset this story ends happily. It all started on a typical night (Thursday January 16th). I had ridden my Surly Long Haul Trucker Xtracycle this day, even though for the past few weeks I’d been riding the new Bike Friday Haul-a-Day. The brakes were rubbing a bit on the Haul-a-Day and I didn’t need to use the Hooptie to pick up the kids so I rode my classic steed. First a little background on the bike. I’ve had this bike since I worked at Pedal Express in Berkeley, California. Originally the Xtracycle was on an aluminum cyclocross frame in 2002 but I broke that from all the hard work I put it through (like racing it in the Cycle Messenger World Championships in Seattle in 2003). In 2004 I upgraded to the Surly Long Haul Trucker and the first major trip with it was the day Missy proposed to me at Hawk Camp in the Marin Headlands. Since then I’ve ridden that bike on a trip in the Czech Republic, on our Honeymoon in the Yucatan Peninsula, on our “All Around US” circumnavigation of the country, on countless errands/commute trips, many camping trips and eventually carrying all three of our kids on it. Needless to say it’s a pretty damn important bike. [Read More...]
Because I can post here
Stolen from 18th & Chambers Albertsons, Thursday Jan. 16, 5:30 pm. Locked with mini u-lock (almost certainly). Had plain black bag (no patches like in picture), wood snap deck, kickback stand, basket on front of mini front rack. Helmet also stolen with bike (like in bottom photo but with cool reflectors).
No cute kids were stolen.
Police report filed (bike registered).
If seen contact Shane at number below.
The snow is gone and this weekend is packed with bike events!
Friday, Dec. 13th:
Reception for Cascadian Courier Collective at Arriving By Bike (27th & Willamette) 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cascadian Courier Collective reception with libations from Falling Sky Brewery. Drop by to help celebrate Eugene’s newest bicycle couriers – now delivering from the Falling Sky Pour House and Delicatessen as well as from Laughing Planet on Blair Blvd.
Plus, bicycle cookie decorating – create a portrait of your current steed or of your dream ride on homemade bike cookies!
Saturday, Dec. 14th:
Confident and Safe Cycling Class, Whitaker Community Center (Clark & N. Jackson) 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This 3+6-hour GEARs class guides cyclists in state laws as they pertain to bike riders, crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. The extra six hours provides on-bike skills, on-road practice and experience. Adults and children above age fourteen are perfect for this packed, three-hour course. This curriculum is provided by the League of American Bicyclists and meets the City of Eugene’s Municipal Court requirements for bike traffic citation diversion. This class has a $10 fee. [Read More...]
The City of Eugene will hold a public open house on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library Bascom-Tykeson Room, 100 W. 10th Ave., to present three proposed changes to City bike and skateboard laws. The session will include a staff presentation followed by questions and comments from the public.
Proposal 1: Allow electric assisted bicycles to be ridden on off-street shared use paths. Currently, city code does not allow electric assisted bicycles to be ridden on off-street shared-use paths with the electric assist device engaged although electric bikes are considered bicycles under state law. Eugene’s prohibition is inconsistent with other cities in Oregon. Electric assist bicycles are increasingly popular because they allow users to travel for longer distances, carry more cargo on their bikes, and to get an extra boost when needed.
Proposal 2: Expand the downtown bicycle and skateboard “no sidewalk riding” zone to cover new areas where pedestrian safety concerns have been expressed by the public. Several alternative zones will be presented for consideration inside the area bounded by 6th Avenue, High Street, 13th Avenue and Charnelton Street. This proposal is intended to improve public safety in high-pedestrian areas.
Proposal 3: Allow skateboards to be ridden on city streets. Currently, skateboards cannot be ridden in the portion of a street designated for automobile traffic, except when crossing a street in a crosswalk or at a right angle. Skateboarding is currently completely prohibited in areas of downtown Eugene and near the University of Oregon, where it is also banned on the sidewalks. This proposal would make skateboarding a more viable transportation option especially in areas where it is illegal to ride in the street and on the sidewalk. Skateboarding is increasing as a travel option, and the new WJ Skate Park will generate more demand for skateboarding from current residents and visitors from out of the area.
(Editors note: I have heard from city staff that there are major concerns from the police with this possible change on the skateboard law and that could be a major barrier especially if there isn’t a major advocacy push for this. If there is interest from people to create legal and safe transportation options for people using skateboards then we need people to step up and push for this change! Otherwise it will remain illegal for people to use skateboards on our streets. With changes in board technology, usage, culture, and how we want to use our public space we really need to change this law).
The public input received at this open house will be used to help determine what changes to the code will be recommended to the City Council at a work session in 2014. For more information about the open house or these proposals, contact Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-682-5471.
Both the City of Eugene and the City of Springfield are looking for new BPAC members. Apply and get engaged on building a better active transportation environment for our community! Eugene applications are due Nov. 22nd and Springfield on Dec. 2nd.
The City of Eugene is seeking new Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee members.
The application period is open until November 22, 2013. Terms begin in January 2014.
BPAC 2014 Application HERE
Info about Eugene BPAC:
Current Eugene BPAC
Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) advises the City of Eugene Transportation Planning staff and community organizations and partners on the following:
- Implementation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan
- Community and constituent interests in transportation planning decisions
- Provides feedback to staff on projects relating to walking and bicycling
BPAC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the Sloat Conference Room at the Eugene Atrium Building (99 W. 10th Ave) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.Guests and members of the public are always welcome to attend.
All BPAC meetings are open to the public. Guests will be provided with opportunities to speak at the beginning of each meeting.Use the links on the right side of this screen to access meeting notes and related information.
The staff liaison to the BPAC is Lee Shoemaker, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. He can be reached at (541) 682-5471.
Applications for Springfield Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Available
The City of Springfield is currently seeking applications from Springfield residents to serve on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee; applications will be accepted until December 2 at 5:00 PM. The City will fill up to eight (8) positions on the Committee from the applications received by the deadline.
The Committee provides citizen input on pedestrian and bicycle policies, programs, and facilities. Applicants should have an interest in promoting pedestrian and / or bicycle interests in Springfield. The Committee meets approximately six times each year and candidates will be appointed to serve a two-year term beginning in January 2014.
What: Applications being accepted for Springfield’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
Who: Springfield residents, electors, or property owners within Springfield’s Urban Growth Boundary can apply.
When: Applications will be accepted until December 2 at 5:00 PM.
Where: Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield
Additional information: Contact Molly Markarian, Senior Planner, at 541.726.4611 or email at email@example.com.
Today I shared some information with a group that is considering endorsing Option One of the South Willamette Street plan, which is the plan to keep it the way it is. With the long op-ed last week and the signs cropping up on the street saying “Four Lanes for Safety” (a pure untruth) it is time for those who want to see a better street for all to speak up! Write your council member, attend the City Council meeting next week (Facebook event), write your own letter to the editor and educate your friends and neighbors about Option Three. City staff are working with EcoNorthwest on an economic impact study and once that is complete the City Council will be making a decision on the matter. We need to get the information out there that a complete street is a safer street and that we want a vibrant business district where walking and biking (and driving) are better!
Here is what I shared with the group (after giving a brief intro the five E’s of Safe Routes to School):
Alternative Three- Wouldn’t that be nice
Today I am here to talk to you about the E of Engineering and the importance of how we build our transportation system in a way that creates a safe environment for our children. Engineering is the infrastructure piece of how we create safe routes not only to and from our schools but as a whole transportation system for families. Infrastructure dictates behavior and when we build a system that makes it very easy to drive everywhere we get an outcome like the one we find ourselves in today; which is walk and bike rates to school have declined from more than 50% in the 1970′s to down to less than 10% by the 2000′s. Along with our major decline in students using active transportation to move themselves to and from school we have seen a huge increase in obesity. We know that our built environment effects how we move around our city and we know we need to make some major changes in our built environment to make active transportation the easier choice for kids and families. We’ve seen it around the world and we’ve seen it right here in Eugene. When you build a better place for families to choose active transportation they make that healthier choice because they like it!
Here’s yet another local bike accident:
Accident, Vehicle-Bike on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 @ 11:19 a.m. PDT
Police response: 11:22 a.m. PDT
Incident description: Accident, Vehicle-Bike
Location: CHAMBERS ST & RIVER RD, EUGENE
Event number: LEP131029107819
No word yet on if the cyclist was wearing a helmet, although we know none of the bus passengers were wearing seatbelts. Hopefully, the following story on the R-G will be updated as more info comes available.
They are still finishing up the painting as well as the traffic diverter at 20th ave. but in this video you can see the brand new “wiggle” the city installed for northbound cyclists on Willamette to get you from 20th and Willamette around to Willamette and 17th. It’s certainly not as clean as a straight shot down Willamette if it was two way like the rest of Willamette and I’m sure many folks will still elect to take the east side sidewalk. However, for those who don’t want to deal with that more dangerous (and unrecommended) sidewalk ride there is now a better option!
You’ll see a new bike box at 18th & Oak that is used but is not complete as the green colorant is not down yet.
Get ready to ride the Willamette Wiggle:
Fresh new bike lanes have just been painted on South Willamette Street!!
No, it’s not the much talked about section from 24th to 32nd but the one from 18th to 23rd. The northbound cyclists on Willamette will pick up the bike lane at 23rd then be diverted (with the rest of the traffic) onto 2oth before heading North again on Oak…eventually that zig-zag will also have bike lanes, including the Oak one which will take you to the 18th Ave bike lanes! The city decided to wait to do the section from 23rd to 24th even though it was being repaved because they wanted to see where the 24th-32nd projected went so they knew where to line up the lanes.
These new bike lanes are a major improvement to the corridor as they now connect to the bike lanes on Willamette from 13th avenue. It will surely increase bike traffic on Willamette since this section was a barrier before. Now that it is open more people will want to ride to their destinations on the South Willamette section from 24th onward.
Here’s hoping this major improvement is a step towards making Willamette A Place for Everyone!
Here are a few photos Larry Price sent in. Click one to see a little slideshow.
Looking North near Civic Stadium. Photo by Larry Price
Looking North at 19th towards 18th. Photo by Larry Price
Looking at Civic from West sidewalk. Photo by Larry Price
Looking South at 19th. Photo by Larry Price
Looking South towards Civic. Photo by Larry Price
Looking North towards the diversion at 20th. Photo by Larry Price
Diversion at 20th Ave. Photo by Larry Price