Fox Hollow Road and Dillard Road Update

I have been in contact with the City of Eugene staff concerning two very heavily used cycling routes, Fox Hollow Road and Dillard Road.  The bad news is we’re going to have to wait for the Fox Hollow fix until 2017 or later. The good news is, most of Dillard will be fixed this Summer. Keep in mind that the city staff is doing the best they can under the current funding program. What is needed is either a bond measure or gas tax to cover the 50 miles of unimproved streets in the city. Please contact your city councilor to start the ball rolling. And do it today!

The following is from Eric Johnson, Surface Operations Manager, Public Works Maintenance Division:

“Fox Hollow Road, south of Donald Street is classified as an unimproved street. Unimproved streets are generally defined as those streets not built to City street standards. More specifically they lack an engineered road base and paving structure, curb and gutters, and sidewalks. There are approximately 50 miles of unimproved streets with in the City limits. Unimproved streets received limited maintenance such as potholes repairs that are 3” or greater in depth, periodic street sweeping, and in the case of Fox Hollow snow and ice control as needed.

Unlike improved streets, local gas tax and Bond Measure funding are not used to fund resurfacing unimproved streets. Public Works does have a program that addresses unimproved street surface treatments. The Enhanced Street Repair Program currently receives $200,000 annually from the road operating fund to provide asphalt maintenance overlays on our 50 miles of unimproved streets. Currently there is an estimated three million dollar backlog of projects similar to Fox Hollow Road.

Fox Hollow Road between Donald Street and Cline Road (City limits) has been identified as a potential project through this program. We are hopeful that in the next few years continued program funding will enable Public Works to overlay this section of Fox Hollow Road. Paving is limited to the existing road surface and does not include adding bike lanes. During the paving process we look for opportunities to widen the road shoulder to provide pedestrians and bicyclists safer passage. In the meantime we will continue to provide surface maintenance as described above. I have asked our surface maintenance team to inspect Fox Hollow Road and make appropriate repairs as needed.

More than likely it will be no sooner than the 2017 construction season before Fox Hollow Road from Donald Street south to the City limits will be paved. I have committed our program resources to another south Eugene project this summer, Dillard Road from 43rd Ave. to near the City limits. This will be the largest projects in terms of square footage and funds we’ve taken on through this program. I am currently working with our contractor on an estimate and will have a better sense of whether will be available for this construction season. Fox Hollow is also a large project and more than likely we won’t have sufficient funds to add it to this year’s project list. I also have scheduled our contractor to provide me with an estimate for Fox Hollow so we have a better idea of costs.”

Job Opening: Nearby Nature Summer Bicycle Daycamp Instructor

NearbyNatureNearby Nature Summer Bicycle Daycamp Instructor Position- Apply Soon!

Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting
  • Experience in basic bike maintenance and knowledge of safe biking practices
  • Experience working as a lead instructor of children ages 6-8 & 8-13
  • Experience designing and implementing curriculum
  • Knowledge of local natural history and bike trails
  • Available July 11-15, July 25-29 & August 15-19 (other weeks also possible)
  • Current CPR/First-Aid Certification
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, flexibility, excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in returning in summer 2017

Responsibilities:

  • Attend training, June 17 & 18 from 10 am-2 pm (& one late afternoon training June 16 or 17 TBD)
  • Obtain or update CPR and First Aid certification
  • Create daily plans based on existing curriculum with the input of education coordinator
  • Lead groups of up to 12 kids on bike rides with an emphasis on exploration and safety
  • Supervise both a youth and an adult volunteer during each camp
  • Be a positive and inspiring role model for youth

Salary: $620 – $675 per week depending on experience, M-F (8:15 am – 4:15 pm)

Location: Camps based in Alton Baker Park, plus days off site for advanced bike camps

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter to Nearby Nature (explaining experience and interests relevant to tasks of this position), resume, and three references (at least one biking-related) via email to programs@nearbynature.org. No phone calls please. Application deadline extended until March 31, 2016.

Questions? See www.nearbynature.org or email programs@nearbynature.org.

Eugene Velo Bicycle Club

A little over a year ago I noticed a new page on Facebook: Eugene Velo. It had the usual suspects and good dialogue about cycling, so I joined. Several weeks ago the discussions went in the direction of a full blown bicycle club. Curiosity got the best of me, so I contacted the organizer, Steve Lamper and we sat down for a one on one to find who, what, where, when, why and how. Following is Steve’s response:

EugeneVelo2Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself and the story of how and why Eugene Velo has formed. First, I want to offer a warm hello to all bicyclists in the southern Willamette Valley. My name is Steve Lamper. I’m 50 years old, and like a lot people I discovered cycling after dabbling with many other sports. In college I was an exercise science major and became a personal trainer for my first 4 years out of college. I was an instructor of taekwondo and 3rd degree black belt for 15 years of my early adulthood.  Now I am the owner of Affordable Insurance Solutions in Eugene. Cycling became a more important part of my life 8 years ago. Dividing my life between Portland and Eugene when I bought my insurance agency in Springfield in 2005, I biked for fun and fitness in both towns. 

I found inspiration for more involvement in cycling from the relationships that I developed in the nurturing atmosphere within the Portland Velo cycling club. The people in Portland Velo taught me so much about the essentials of cycling, about riding effectively in a group, about cycling club culture, training, advocating and encouraging; I felt compelled to become one of their club sponsors and ride leaders. As my cycling skills and ties with the club developed over the years, I began to realize how much better the biking terrain in Eugene is. You know, we really are in cycling paradise here. What’s missing is the feeling of belonging to a group that really fits the level of biking at which I ride. I think that’s true for a lot of us, don’t you?  I have learned that I do not want to race, but I do want to ride with a well-organized group of riders at my skill and strength level who share in my passion. I know I’m not alone, because Portland Velo successfully follows this concept with over 500 active members. 

With this seed of this idea sprouting in my mind, it became clear to me that the biking community is fractured between bike shop teams, the Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) and a few other small groups. I tried some GEARs rides and found that they were great for the slower riders, but they didn’t have a ride that suited my skill and fitness level. Stronger riders and intermediate riders were left to fend for themselves. I stumbled upon other groups that seemed to exclude outsiders like me. I have a different vision. I want to create that warm and welcoming sense of belonging to a broad spectrum of riders and abilities. Continue reading “Eugene Velo Bicycle Club”

Territorial Highway Update

Background

The Territorial Highway Corridor Plan will address safety for all users of a particularly dangerous section of Territorial Highway. The Plan will focus on a 5.7-mile long section of the Highway that extends south from Gillespie Corners to Cottage Grove-Lorane Road. This section is narrow and in poor condition. It is used by trucks, cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This is a key transportation link to rural communities and forest, farming, and winery businesses. The Plan will document the process of developing and selecting a preferred design alternative supported by the public. The Plan will also include preliminary designs for the preferred design alternative.

Project Update

Lane County and ODOT continue to partner in the planning and design process for improving Territorial Highway. They have been collecting information about cultural resources, wetlands, and geology — investigating what it would take to implement the preferred design alternative that was supported through the public process. There are design solutions for avoiding the cultural resource sites and for mitigating wetland impacts; however, the geological findings at Stony Point prompted further analysis of the preferred design alternative.

The results of the geotechnical readings indicate movement at the active slide at Stony Point. The stabilization needed to construct the preferred design alternative could be cost-prohibitive and would have a significant footprint. They have identified a range of possible alternative solutions, such as structural anchors and terracing. It may be necessary to consider alignment adjustments for cuts into the hillside. Any alignment changes would need to be discussed with affected property owners and would require additional geotechnical investigation.

Current funding will allow completion of the corridor plan and preliminary design work, but there is no funding identified to complete the design or to construct the improvements. They will seek funding to complete the design work through the upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Obtaining funding to complete the design will make the project “shovel ready” which better positions the project for construction funding. Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 12.24.40 PM

Current Status 

The Territorial Highway project from Gillespie Corners to the Town of Lorane is awaiting approximately $1million in funding from ODOT to complete the design phase. This is for further design work due to hillside slippage. The county expects to know by this Summer whether or not the funds will be available.

 

 

May Is Bike Month

May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! 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 25 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!

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Bike Month Highlights

For a calendar of Bike Month of the 25+ events click here. More events added as submissions come in. See how many you can do! Scroll below for complete descriptions of each event.

May 1-31: Walk & Bike Challenge
May 3: Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1
May 4: National Bike to School Day
May 4: Oakshire Inspires- Fundraiser for Bike Safety Education
May 5: Hands-on Bike Maintenance: Drivetrain
May 7: Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour
May 7: Mohawk Valley Metric Century: A Pedal for People
May 8: Eugene CycloFemme Ride
May 10: Bike Touring 101
May 12: Bike In Shapes Oregon Trail Ride
May 13: Bicycle Touring: Local Trips, Routes & Gear
May 14: Confident Cycling for Families Class
May 14: Traffic Skills 101
May 14: 3rd Annual BicyClean River Path Clean-up
May 14: Mckenzie Pass GEARs Ride
May 14: Cycle Away Cancer
May 14-20: Business Commute Challenge
May 17: Breakfast at the Bike Bridges- DeFazio Bridge
May 17: Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Ride
May 18: Eugene Ride of Silence
May 18: Tour of Rolf Prima Wheels – “Built Right. Here.”
May 19: Mountain Biking 101
May 20: National Bike to Work Day
May 20: Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures
May 20: Springfield Wheels by the Willamette
May 21: Kidical Mass Prince Ride (With Madi Carlson)
May 21: Mountain Bike Trail Build Day
May 21: Funktastic Moonlight Mash and KWVA Birthday Bash!
May 21: Cinnamon Roll Ride
May 22: Eugene Triple Peak VII Ride
May 22: Women’s Road Biking Basics Clinic and Group Ride
May 26: Life Cycle Ladies MTB Social
May 27: Breakfast at the Bike Bridges


Host Your Own Ride!

We’re excited to get more people organizing their own fun rides. Simply make up your own ride and register it here. We’ll post it here and on the Community Bike Calendar.


Bike Month Events & Descriptions

Tuesday, May 3rd

Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1, Eugene REI, 7-8:30 pm

If you ride a bicycle, then you need this class! In this informative session you will learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle that will keep you riding smoothly and prolong your bike’s life. No experience necessary! Note that this is a demonstration class; please do not bring your bike. Register here.


Wednesday, May 4th

National Bike to School Day, All Eugene and Springfield Schools, All Day Long
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Various events at area schools to encourage families and kids to bike to school. If you only bike to school one day a year…you’re crazy. Bike more! But if you can only bike one day, make it this one

Wednesday, May 4th

Oakshire Inspires, Oakshire Brewing, 11 am- 10 pm

A Fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to Schools Bike Safety Education in Schools. End your ride with a pint at Oakshire! $1 from every pint sold will be donated to the Eugene Springfield Safe Routes to Schools program to help fund Bicycle Safety Education classes throughout the 4J, Bethel, and Springfield school districts. Do it for the kids.
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Thursday, May 5th

Your bike’s drive train is a key component to efficient riding. Join REI’s certified bike techs to learn about your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust front & rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. Register here.

Saturday, May 7th

Mohawk Valley Metric Century, Armitage Park, 7 am- 3 pm
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The Mohawk Valley Metric Century is a benefit for Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts & Culture Program, one of the few truly integrated arts programs in the nation serving people of all ability levels. Every single adult with a developmental disability who participates in the Arts & Culture Program is low income. While people with disabilities have their most basic needs met through the state and insurance, they have little to nothing left over for education, personal growth, and joy.  Facebook event.

Saturday, May 7th

Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour, Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (28 S 6th St, Ste A, Cottage Grove), 8 am- 1 pm

The public is invited to the third annual Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Tour Saturday May 7th 8am-2pm at two locations along Dorena Lake—Bake Stewart Park and Row Point. You can explore a series of rare, remnant prairie habitats with local plant experts who will interpret these sites for the public at this free event sponsored by the Row River Partnership.
Six free wildflower tours for all knowledge levels will be offered at a range of times between 9:30am and 12:30pm, each an opportunity to learn about the wildflowers that bloom each spring, the habitats, and parks where they reside. Visitors are also welcome to visit the booths of partner organizations and local groups at Bake Stewart Park from 9am-1pm during the event. Brand new to the event this year, the Coast Fork Birders will be hosting a morning bird walk at 8am at Bake Stewart Park. All tours are accessible by car, and carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. Participants should bring a picnic lunch, water, weather-appropriate clothing, weed-free shoes, and a helmet if cycling. Please no dogs. See www.coastfork.org or call (541)767-9717 for more information

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Sunday, May 8th

Eugene CycloFemme Ride, Owen Rose Garden, 1:30 pm

A Slow paced social bike ride celebrating women on wheels. CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. Our annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Presenting Sponsors: City of Eugene Transportation Planning and Arriving By Bike. Visit http://cyclofemme.com/ for more information on the worldwide celebration.

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Tuesday, May 10th

Bike Touring 101, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave.), 6-8 pm
Ready for your next adventure on two wheels? Gather pro-tips and fun stories at our Bike Touring 101 interactive presentation! Experienced bike tour adventurers will share their stories, pictures, and advice for the best touring experience on any budget!
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Thursday, May 12th

Bike In Shapes Oregon Trail Ride, Autzen Footbridge to the Claim 52 Abbey in Springfield, 7 pm

Bike in Shapes is a monthly group bicycle ride jaunt and gathering. Prancing Pigs, Oregon Maps, Mondrian Art, Fractal Trees, Pac Man Ghosts…if it’s a shape, they’ll trace and ride it! Each ride is tapped off with some local suds and laughs.

Set your axles and pull the reins, it’s May is Bike Month! and time for Bike in Shapes Oregon Trail ride. Meet on top the Autzen Footbridge at 7pm and pioneer over through Springfield to the Claim 52 Abbey at Sprout regional food hub (418 A Street). Thanks to wonderful folks at the Claim 52 Abbey for hosting.

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Friday, May 13th

Bicycle Touring: Local Trips, Routes & Gear, Arriving By Bike (2705 Willamette St.), 6:30-9 pm

Come over to Arriving By Bike on Friday, May 13th, at 7 pm and get stoked for summer adventures by bike! Route planning, maps and apps, gear, bike repair and more! Let us help you get ready (and possibly start planning) a bike tour.

Bike over early at 6:30 pm for the “Touring Bikes by the Bench” pre-party if you would like to check-out other bike tourists bike and gear carrying set-ups. Bring your own to share! At 7 pm the featured speaker will share their bike touring stories and advice and get us stoked for adventuring by bike!


May 14th- 20th

Business Commute Challenge, Your Workplace, All Week Long
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Join a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telecommute the most the week of May 14th-20th. The workplace with the highest participation wins, along with great prizes for individuals! Whether you’re a bus rider, you’re thinking about trying bike commuting for the first time,or you want to have fun with your co-workers… this Challenge is for you! Sign up, register your business or office as a team, and join the fun!  Prizes, challenges, support, exercise, community, and FUN! Register. Walk. Bike. Bus. Pool. Click. Win. The more you participate the more chances you have to win. Facebook page.

Saturday, May 14th

Traffic Skills 101 Class, Whiteaker Community Center, 9 am-5 pm

This class informs and covers the skills and techniques to give riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike riding skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age twelve, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginning to experienced. A safe bike and helmet are needed in this class. Certification, League of American Bicyclists’ Road 1, is achieved upon the successful completion of this course and is the first step to become a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). Eugene will be hosting an LCI Seminar in June. This class has a $40 fee. Register here.
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Saturday, May 14th

BicyCLEAN River Clean-Up, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 9 am

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On the third annual BicyClean, we will be working in small teams to sustainably clear every mile of the main bike paths around Eugene by bicycle. Come make new bike friends, eat delicious free snacks, and win raffle prizes. Sign-up on the UO Outdoor Program website. Free.


Saturday, May 14th

McKenzie Pass GEARs Ride, Meet at Alton Baker Park, 8:30 am

Meet at 8:30 am Alton Baker Park, to carpool or meet at McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station. Weather dependent, check website for alternate route.

RIDE: McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station to Hwy 242 Observatory and back; 12-15 mph, 48 miles. Led by Jackie Murdoff; RSVP to jmurdoff@comcast.net.

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Saturday, May 14th

Cycle Away Cancer, Tacovore, 9:30 am

Most of us know someone who has battled Cancer. Please join us on May 14, at Tacovore for a 54 mile benefit ride to raise money to help Cancer Patients in Lane County. The event is FREE. All we ask is that you bring some amount to donate… you decide how much. ALL donations will be going to the Oregon Cancer Foundation, here in Lane County. Invite your friends!


Tuesday, May 17th

Breakfast at the Bridges, DeFazio Bridge (EWEB side), 7-9:30 am
Breakfast at the Bike BridgesEnjoy Free Coffee, Bagels, Basic Bike Tune-Ups, Bike Registration by the Eugene Police, and biking and walking safety information. is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by a local bike shop.

Tuesday, May 17th

More information and registration at Obsidians.org

Wednesday, May 18th

Ride of Silence, Educational Memorial Plaza (Bailey Hill Road), 6 pm

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The ride will start at 6:30pm  from the Educational Memorial Plaza on Bailey Hill Road, please arrive at 6pm for the reading of the names of members of our community who have lost their lives on the road, and to hear the invited speaker. The ride will end at the David Minor Theater, where we will gather to hear stories about our love ones that we have lost cycling on our public streets.


Wednesday, May 18th

Tour of Rolf Prima Wheels, “Built. Right. Here.”, Rolf Prima Factory (940 Wilson Street), 3:30 pm

Wheels. They are essential to our bikes, but we often don’t pay much attention to them. That is until something goes wrong…a busted spoke, a bent rim, loose bearings. Then we’re going nowhere…fast! Come learn more about these essential parts of our bikes from the experts, the craftsmen at Rolf Prima Wheels. On Wednesday, May 18th, at 3:30 they are opening the doors of their manufacturing plant to show us how they make some of the fastest, strongest, best-built wheels in the world.

You can meet us at the Rolf Prima Factory at 3:30. But better yet, let’s gather at Oakshire Brewery at 207 Madison St at 3:00 and bike over together to Rolf Prima. It’s only a couple of miles. After the tour, we can back back to Oakshire and enjoy a cold beer and talk about wheels!

Any questions, contact Lyn Gilman-Garrick at lyngg@efn.org.

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Thursday, May 19th

Mountain Biking 101, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 6-8 pm

Have you been wanting to give mountain biking a try but aren’t sure what you’ll need, where to go or who to go with? Are you tired of riding Ridgeline but don’t know where else to go in Eugene? Come hear the Disciples of Dirt talk about the best mountain biking trails near Eugene, what goes into making those trails and to connect with other riders who share your enthusiasm for single track. Everyone is welcome, no mountain biking experience necessary. Free.


Friday, May 20th

Springfield Wheel’s by the Willamette, Riverpath at Aspen & D St., 4-6 pm

Friday, May 20th

Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures, The Barn Light East (545 E. 8th Ave), 6:30-8:30 pm

A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level.

Special guest Madi Carlson, Seattle family biking rock star and author of “Urban Cycling”. Plus other local experts talking about family bike adventures near and far. Whether you want to figure out how to get your kids to school, do a basic grocery run, or plan an overnight camping trip we’ll have some good tips and tricks to share!

Social hour mixing, presentation and Q&A. Free event. Food provided. Cash bar.

Sponsored by: LiveMove, Sustainable Cities Initiative, Arriving By Bike™ & Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School

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Friday, May 20th

National Bike to Work Day, Everywhere, All Day Long
If you only bike to work one day during the Business Commute Challenge this is the day to do it!
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 Saturday, May 21st

Kidical Mass Prince Ride, Monroe Park, 2 pm
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Join Kidical Mass as they welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, who will be in town for a couple special events including taking part in one of the classic Kidical Mass rides from Monroe Park to Prince Pucklers ice cream/playground. This will be a fun ride for everyone. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better?

We’ll also be rocking some Prince tunes so feel free to dress in whatever themed clothing you think might fit…but definitely something you can dance in.


 Saturday, May 21st

Mountain Bike Trail Work Day, UO Outdoor Program/Bike Program (1225 E. 18th Ave), 8 am- 6 pm
Join the UO Bike Program and Disciples of Dirt on the trail to see what goes into to building sustainable mountain bike trails. Learn the strategies that go into building your favorite features and meet other people who share your enthusiasm for mountain biking. This is a hand on opportunity to fully participate in the mountain bike community. Tools and guidance will be provided. Refreshments will be provided after the work day, potential trail riding if conditions allow. Sign-up required, sign-up here.
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 Saturday, May 21st

A family-friendly celebration of people on bicycles under the light of the full moon.

Grab your bicycle, strap a boom box in your basket, and pedal over to Kesey Square at 7:30pm to embark on a musical journey from funk’s beginnings to today as we ride under the light of the full moon from downtown Eugene, over the river, and through campus to the historic WOW hall for a FREE show at 9pm when Alvin & the Chipfunks open for the funky sounds of Soul Vibrator. Visit KWVAradio.org or moonlightmash.com for more info, or just show up for the ride at 7:30 at Broadway and Willamette on May 21st.

That’s right, KWVA will be broadcasting our playlist, so any ‘Masher can tune in to 88.1fm and bump beats in sync with the boombakfiets! Visit your local second hand store, find a jambox, stock up on D-cells, bolt a basket to your handlebars, and put some ROCK in your ROLL!

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 Saturday, May 21st

 Cinnamon Roll Ride, Meet at Alton Baker Park, 9 am

It’s that time again! The Yummy Cinnamon Roll Ride!

This is the annual “pedal to Paula’s and have a cinnamon roll feast” bicycle ride. Paula Erickson, past president of Gears, makes the most scrumptious cinnamon rolls! Come try them out. Plus, there is lots and lots of great food! This is a feast to celebrate riding your bike and a chance to met other cyclists.

This is a 35-42 mile roundtrip ride (depending on which group you decide to ride with. There will be a 10-12 mph and 12-15 mph led ride). There is a sag vehicle which can give you a ride back to the starting point if you are too tired or FULL, to make the ride back. Meet at Alton Baker Park at 9:00 am, Saturday May 21st. The ride will take us out to the Fern Ridge area.

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Sunday, May 22nd

Eugene Triple Peak VII, Meet at Eugene Amtrak Train Station, 9 am- 5pm

We’re at it again, this time with the sun’s warmth at our back, the exploding green of the valley at our finger tips, and trails dripping with gold.

0900: Depart from Amtrak obelisk by bicycle (4th & Willamette) –> Run/hike Spencer’s butte summit via Martin St. Trailhead
1200: Depart from Martin St. Trailhead via bicycle and roll towards pisgah via 30th –> summit by foot
1500: Depart from Pisgah as one glittery unit toward Skinner’s Butte columns via the river path –> a final summit by foot. For glory!

Disclaimer: It’s not a race! It’s a running, biking, social event! Run the buttes & bike between. You can do it!

What to bring: Water, nourishing snacks, a layer, bike lock, whiskey, sunscreen if that’s your jam, golden chocolate, trotting shoes, bicycle or willing toter, prefontaine’s spirit, and an athletic friend. Spoke cards & an opportunity for glory provided. See you there!

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Sunday, May 22nd

Women’s Road Biking Basics Clinic and Group Ride, Collins Cycle Shop, 12-3 pm

FREE women specific clinic. Topics covered will include:
How to change a flat, what you need to have with you on a ride, how to ride more comfortably, how to ride safely in a group and more!

At 1:00 they will go on a group ride. If the group is large enough they will split into 2 pace groups with one going 15 miles and the other going 25 miles. Please use this link to register! http://womenroadbikingbasics.eventbrite.com/.


Sunday, May 22nd

Confident Cycling for Families Class, Roosevelt Middle School, 9 am-Noon 

Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets. This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.

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Thursday, May 26th

LifeCycle Ladies MTB Social, LifeCycle Bike Shop, 6-8 pm

Ladies! Let’s get together and celebrate our passion for riding trails! Come on out to Life Cycle Bike Shop for an after hours women’s specific mountain bike “meet, greet and learn” social! We’ll have a Fix a Flat practice and competition station, and presentations by local experts on women’s specific cycling nutrition, bike fit, and trail survival techniques for those unexpected mechanical emergencies. Sign up for build days and group rides with your local IMBA Chapter. Learn about women’s specific skills clinics happening in your area and beyond. Sample nutrition bars and other tasty delights created by women, for women! Enjoy some tasty beverages and connect with other awesome ladies who love to ride! Free.

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Thursday, May 26th

Business Commute Challenge Wrap-up Party, Eugene Wine Cellars (255 Madison Ave.), 4-6:30pm

Awards presented, pick-up prizes, appetizers, $1 off beverages, and live music. 

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Friday, May 27th

Breakfast at the Bridges, Blue Heron Bridge, 7 – 9:30 am (Behind Caesar Chavez Elementary School).  

Bike Month Wrap-up celebration!

Breakfast at the Bridges is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by a local bike shop.

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Saturday-Sunday, 28th-29th

Group Bike Overnighter (Sub24Overnighter)

None organized yet, but it would be awesome….why don’t YOU organize one?!

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Now… keep riding!

Family biking guide

If you need info on the best ways to get around by bike with kids of various ages, check out this article on fix.com by Eugene’s own Abby Quillen.

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https://www.fix.com/blog/biking-with-your-family/

Passage of SBB 533 and What It Means for Local ‘Bikers’

Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and people who walk, take note. Senate Bill 533 was signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown on May 21, 2015 with an effective date of January 1, 2016. The new law permits bicyclists and motorcyclists to proceed through a stop light under certain conditions. Statutes ORS 811.260, 811.265 and 811.360 were amended. Roadway users in and around Eugene may have seen what looked like traffic law violations since January . . . that were not.

SBB 533 is not a “stop and roll” law like in Idaho. This change does not mean bicyclists and motorcyclists in Oregon can ignore red lights, or treat them like stop signs. The law requires that a cyclist or motorcyclist stop at a red light, initially. Motorcyclists and cyclists must stop and wait through the full light cycle, before proceeding past a signal that fails to turn green. The intention of the law is to account for the case when magnetic traffic sensors in the road surface or other signal triggering systems are not working.

Motorcyclists originally approached Senator Chris Edwards of Eugene to propose legislative relief for this kind of problem; Portland’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) played a role in writing the bill. Laws allowing motorcyclists and/or bicyclists to proceed at stop lights under certain conditions are on the books in other states, including Washington and Idaho. Some other states’ laws allow for the rider to treat a red signal like a stop sign, and proceed through if the motorcyclist or bicyclist believes it’s safe. Oregon’s law only applies when a motorcycle or bicycle rider does not see their red signal turn to green, depsite other lights at the intersection changing. The new bill does hold motorcyclists and bicyclists who are proceeding through a red light liable if there’s a collision with another road user who’s legally proceeding through a green light.

Bike Detection2The rider must wait through the full light cycle after stopping, which means the rider has to be able to see lights for all directions. And the law does not address completely malfunctioning traffic signals.

The scenario is, you are waiting at a light, you can tell the oncoming traffic gets their green, the oncoming left turners get their green, the straight-through drivers heading the same way as you, to your right, as you wait over the sensor loops in the left turn lane, get their green, and the cross traffic each get their greens, and still you are waiting. Some intersection signals are actually designed so a traffic light that depends on sensors never turns green if no one is over that signal sensor. But what if that sensor doesn’t understand you are over it!?

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Some detectors tell you where the “sweet spot” is

The goal is to make sure motorcycle and bicycle riders don’t get stuck at intersections because their vehicles aren’t being sensed by the systems that tells red lights when to turn green. Rob Sadowsky, the BTA’s executive director, said “Our preferred best solution is for lights to get fixed,” but “replaced” might also be important to think about. A lot of the sensors are older electrically charged magnetic wire inductive loops in the pavement. Look for circle, square or diamond outlines cut in the pavement and filled with tar near intersections. Position your bike over the loop so as much metal as possible is as close to the loop as you can get it. If you have waited for your red signal to change through one full cycle of all the other lights, and it’s clear the trigger hasn’t sensed you, it is now legal for you to proceed through the intersection — with caution!

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.

One biker’s view on texting in traffic and running red lights

Reprinted from Cawood’s Blog

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I ride my bike everyday in and around Eugene, pedaling through traffic in the rain and fog over dimly lit streets. I look into the faces of people riding bikes and driving cars, and I see trouble in the streets.

Far too many people are using their phones and texting while driving. And judging by what I see, it is not a safe practice. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million accidents each year are caused by texting while driving. That’s nearly 25 percent of all accidents. At roughly 3,200 pounds, the typical car can become a giant weapon, dangerous to everything and everyone around it. All drivers should focus on driving safely.
As a person who bikes, I worry for my own safety, as well as for my family, friends and other people who bike and walk around Eugene and Springfield. I feel that anyone operating a motor vehicle should do so with the utmost respect and care for others. I beg you to create rules for yourself, your kids too (if you are a parent to new drivers), to eliminate any distractions while driving. And since I hesitate to ask others to do things that I’m not willing to do myself, I am committing to never texting in traffic. Ever.

I drive a car too and respect goes both ways. I’m amazed at how many bike riders and pedestrians don’t seem to respect other people using the streets. Whether running stop signs and traffic lights, riding without lights at night or walking out from between parked cars, people don’t seem to respect others in traffic or even the basic laws of physics. If people who ride bikes want car drivers to follow the laws, then bikers should follow the laws too. The laws are there to keep the roads safe for everyone. Expecting others to follow the laws while you ignore them is disrespectful.

Now, let me come back to the foundation of this issue. Respect is something that we all want. Respect is personal. It is an understanding that someone or something is important and should be shown consideration. Having respect for others using the streets means that you learn the laws and follow them. Respect doesn’t cost you anything to give to others, and the benefit is a safer, more comfortable environment for everyone.

 

City of Eugene puts out call for bike-share proposals

Eugene has officially put out the call for an organization to launch a bike share system in the city by fall 2017. A “request for proposals” is live on the city website, and responses are due by March 8.

“The City of Eugene, in coordination with Lane Transit District and the University of Oregon, is interested in developing a modern bike share system from the university campus through downtown Eugene,” the posting reads.

The city has $1.2 million available to pay for the bikes and other costs of building and launching the system. The money comes from two grants, one awarded to the city and the other to University of Oregon.

Eugene Associate Transportation Planner Reed Dunbar, who put together the request for proposals, has said the city is trying to cast a broad net for ideas on what the system would look like and how it would operate.

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Bike share is operating in hundreds of metro areas around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area.

While older forms of bike share rely on fixed stations where users pick up and return bikes, some systems now use “self-locking” bikes that can be left anywhere within a certain service area, more akin to the Car2Go system that operated for a while in Eugene.

The scope of bike share in Eugene won’t be known until a proposal is selected, but a feasibility study (15MB PDF) completed in 2014 that led up to the grant and current request for proposals suggested a phased implementation focused on the university and central neighborhoods.

This is a scenario from a 2014 feasibility study showing how bike share might be built out in Eugene, but the scope of the eventual system will depend more on proposals yet to come.

This is a scenario from a 2014 feasibility study showing how bike share might be built out in Eugene, but the scope of the eventual system will depend more on proposals yet to come.

The city’s current call for proposals also asks that they “identify a business plan to fund operations” of the system once it is built and launched.

Typically, the ongoing operation of bike-share systems is funded by some combination of user fees, government subsidies and sponsorship deals. New York City’s Citibike, for instance, is sponsored by Citibank. And Nike recently signed on to sponsor the upcoming Portland bike share.

Eugene plans to put out a separate request for proposals for sponsorship of Eugene bike share.