Mayor Vinis Declares May is Bike Month!

Eugene Mayor, Lucy Vinis, has made an official proclamation that “May is Bike Month”. She points to the economic, environmental and health benefits that bikes bring to Eugene and its residents.  She also notes the amazing bike community that Eugene has developed over the decades.

We’re excited to be part of bringing all the events together into this month-long event and are excited to have it growing each year.

Join us as Mayor Vinis shares the official proclamation and starts off the May is Bike Month celebration at the Kick-off Party and Bike Share Open House on Monday, May 1st at the Broadway Commerce Center (44 W Broadway) from 4-6pm.

Mayor Proclamation

 

 

Bike Share Open House & May is Bike Month Kick-off

Bike Month KickoffAn open house for Eugene Bike Share will be held in conjunction with the kick off of “May is Bike Month” next Monday, May 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Broadway Commerce Center (44 W Broadway).

Participants will be able to interact with the bike share vendor and will be able to discuss possible bike share station locations. The open house will also preview the program for May is Bike Month and showcase events happening this summer for people who walk and bike, including Eugene Sunday Streets.

On May 1st, Social Bicycles, the vendor for Eugene Bike Share, will officially launch online content to crowdsource station locations and announce updates for the launch of the Eugene system scheduled for fall 2017. Social Bicycles is currently operating in 18 locations in North America including the recently launched BIKETOWN system in Portland, Oregon.

Beyond highlighting possible bike share station locations there will be free pizza, valet bike parking (in Kesey Square), and a raffle for a free bike share annual pass!
Join the Facebook event and spread the word.
For more information on Eugene Bike Share see www.eugene-or.gov/bikeshareScreen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.56.27 AM

Smart Trips Program at City of Eugene is Hiring

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.52.47 AMSmartTrips Eugene is looking for two energetic bike riding interns for a 3.5 month position to process and deliver hundreds of packets to River Road Neighborhood homes. Job duties include data entry, computer mapping, bike delivery, exceptional customer service, event planning/attendance and program evaluation. Must be self-motivated, able to work independently, work well in a team environment, and be a friendly-face and an excellent verbal communicator to the public.

  • Knowledge of Eugene’s bikeway network and other nonmotorized methods of getting around town are important.
  • Proficiency and creativity with social mediaparticularly Facebook and Instagram and knowledge and experience with basic bike maintenance are a plus.
  • Strong preference for a candidate who is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
  • Approximately 20 hours per week, $11-13/per hour based on experience. Approximately May 17th through September 17st 2015 (rain or shine) with the majority of hours being after spring term ends. Evening and weekend work will be required.

Apply by Sunday, April 30th, 2017 with cover letter and resume to Lindsay Selser, City of Eugene – Transportation Planning, 99 E. Broadway, Suite. 400, Eugene OR 97401 or email at Lindsay.r.selser@ci.eugene.or.us.

May is Bike Month 2017

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.

May is Bike Month Logos Together
A special thanks to the organizers and supporters of May is Bike Month. Along with WeBikeEugene volunteers and community members these partners help make this month of events come together and happen!

Bike Month Highlights

For a calendar of Bike Month of the 30+ events click hereMore events added as submissions come in. See how many you can do! Scroll below for complete descriptions of each event.

Continue reading “May is Bike Month 2017”

New I-5 Bike Path Coming Soon

So what can you buy these days for $13,393,802.39? Well that is what it costs to improve the I-5 @ Beltline Interchange’s current phrase. Here is what you will get:

  • A new bridge over I-5 to accommodate a reconfigured on ramp
  • Building a sound wall south of Beltline and east of Coburg Road
  • Adding an additional lane on eastbound Beltline from Coburg Road to I-5 on ramp
  • Extending the multi-use path for bike and pedestrian travelers. The multi-use path will be extended south from Harlow Road to Garden Way. Also the path will extend north to Old Coburg Road and exit near the Register Guard headquarters.
  • And don’t forget all the landscaping.

Northerly Route

I-5 @ Beltline Unit 4 - MU Path MapThe bike path will extend from Willakenzie Road (just north of the I-5 bike bridge) to Old Coburg Road. The raised path meanders around, under and through various openings in the existing freeway structure (very cool that they didn’t need to dig a tunnel and used existing portals).

Southerly Route

I-5 @BeltlinePathHarlowSouthThe multi-use path heading south will connect with the the existing path and go under Harlow Road Bridge along side the I-5 and then exits on to Garden Way at the intersection of Highway 105.

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Looking South from Harlow to the new I-5 path extension

This new extension avoids the difficult transition from North Garden Way and Harlow Road and will allow for safer bike travel from Downtown Eugene to Armitage County Park as well as many other destinations in North Eugene with fewer interactions with motorized traffic.

Transportation System Plan Gets Second Public Hearing

Via the City of Eugene’s InMotion newsletter:

For the last several years, the City of Eugene along with our partner agencies and many members of the public have been working to develop the Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP). The draft Eugene 2035 TSP provides a 20-year blueprint for the City of Eugene’s transportation system and serves as the transportation element of the Envision Eugene comprehensive plan. The TSP was developed based on extensive stakeholder input, analyses of our existing transportation system and relevant adopted plans and coordination with planning processes that are underway.

A final draft of the plan is now available and can be found at www.EugeneTSP.org. We greatly appreciate the time that many people have contributed to this plan as well as people’s patience with the length of this planning process.

We are now in the final phase of the Eugene 2035 TSP adoption process which includes two public hearings before both the City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners, and potential adoption by both the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. A City Council work session on the TSP was held on February 27, 2017. The first joint public hearing was held on March 6, 2017. The webcasts from both the work session and public hearing can be found at this website: http://eugene.ompnetwork.org.

The 2nd joint public hearing will take place on Monday, April 17 at 5:30 PM in Harris Hall located at 125 East 8th Avenue. 

To submit testimony for consideration by the City Council and Board of Commissioners, you may testify at the public hearing or email your testimony by noon on April 17 to City of Eugene Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld at rob.inerfeld@ci.eugene.or.us.

Stolen Sperry Tree Care Work Trailer

Sperry Tree Care had their Hauler Trailer stolen last week and could use some help keeping an eye out for it. If you see it or have information please contact them and help us get this trailer returned to this great local company.

Sperry Tree Care Trailer
The stolen trailer. Keep your eyes peeled: the signs are probably off.

This dark green trailer was custom made for Sperry Tree Care by Human Powered Machines at the Center For Appropriate Transport (CAT). The stainless steel deck is about 5 feet long by 4 foot wide, with an L- shaped tube linking it to the seat post. There are lower railings around three sides about 10 inches up, and two railings front and back at about 3 feet above the deck. Signage was slipped into rails attached to the posts for the upper railings. The upper railings supported an 8 foot ladder and polesaws.

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.

New Bike Coffee Cart Coming to Eugene

This summer there’ll be a new bike working the streets, parks, and events of Eugene, and for those who love their coffee it will provide a special treat.

Wheelys Café Oregon — essentially a pedal-powered, mobile barista cart — is a new business started by Becky and Jason DeAngelis based on the successful Wheelys Indigogo project.

Wheelys Coffee Cafe Bike
The New Eugene Coffee Bike

Wheelys, based in Switzerland, now has more than 200 of these special café bikes in over 45 countries, but the DeAngelises are only the second in Oregon to purchase a bike. Another operator in Beaverton is also just getting started. There are about five bikes operating the United States now, with others attempting to open but dealing with permitting and regulation issues.

Wheelys ScreenshotThe DeAngelises purchased their bike last summer and though they had hoped to open by this past fall, preparations and permitting have taken some time. They now hope to do a “soft opening” this Spring and be ready to share the coffee-bike love by this Summer. Continue reading “New Bike Coffee Cart Coming to Eugene”

Local Shop Offers Bike Fitting Clinic

The following bike fit clinic was shared via GEARs, the Greater Eugene Area Riders:

BikeFitGetting Fit to Be Fit!
A Bicycle Fitting Clinic with Jay Loew, Licensed Body Geometry Fit Expert
Sunday, March 26th, 2:00 to 4:00
Collins Cycle Shop, 60 E. 11th

Do your hands tingle, knees hurt, feet burn and shoulders ache on long rides? Do you wish you got more power out of your pedal strokes on big hills? Do you want to go longer without needing to take breaks? If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding “Yes!”, then you should consider getting your bicycle “fit” by an expert. At this clinic, Jay Loew, Licensed Body Geometry Fit Expert with Collins Cycle Shop, will talk about the benefits of getting your bicycle best fit to your body. He’ll go over how a fit is different than a sizing, the reasons for getting a fit, the latest technology, how a fit can help with common aches and pains, and ways a fit can improve your performance. This clinic is open to everyone and free of charge. Please come and bring a friend!