When Eugene received the grant for a bike share program back in 2015 the plan was to open by this Fall. Last week the City of Eugene, Social Bicycles, and other partner agencies, Lane Transit District (LTD) and the University of Oregon, announced that the launch date has been extended to the Spring of 2018. The move was approved by ODOT, the grant agency for the $909,000 ConnectOregon funding that is being used to purchase equipment for the project.
Last Spring the partner agencies announced Social Bicycles as the contractor who will run the Eugene project. Since then they have launched a EugeneBikeShare site, hired station siting coordinators, collected input on station locations, organized a community “sounding board” and earlier this summer hired Lindsey Hayward as the General Manager.
The last “Breakfast at the Bike Bridges”, put on by the City of Eugene on the last Friday of every month from May-September, has a special twist for the last month, “Bruschetta at the Bike Bridges” and it’s an after work event rather than a morning one.
Come out to the Autzen Bridge (supposedly now the Frohnmayer Bridge, whatevs) for the final BBB of the season and enjoy some Bruschetta as well as free bike safety checks from Blue Heron Bike Shop, bike registration with the Eugene Police Department, and talk bikes, Vision Zero, and how to grow great tomatoes. Remember don’t go by in the morning for bagels and coffee! It’s from 4:30pm to 6:00pm this Friday (September 29th).
School has started and local kids (and bike safety education instructors) need your help to make the community rides a success.
The 4J, Springfield, and Bethel School District Safe Routes to School programs are hosting the City of Eugene River House to teach Bike Safety classes in select 5th and 6th grade classrooms throughout each district. The program includes in-class teaching, on campus riding drills, and off campus community rides. Volunteers are needed to ride with students on the final two days of the program to help maintain a safe environment.
There are rides Thursday and Friday, morning and afternoon, starting this week and continuing through mid-November. Visit the SignUp.com site for schools and dates or call 541-682-6321 for more info.
The Jane Higdon Memorial Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation is a major sponsor of the Eugene-Springfield Bicycle Safety Education Program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, May 1st, there was a kickoff event for May is Bike Month which included an opportunity to discuss station locations for Eugene Bike Share. The meeting was held at the Broadway Commerce Center and there was free pizza for all attendees. Mayor Vinis also took the opportunity to announce that the city proclaimed “May is Bike Month”!
If you could not make the meeting or would like to provide additional input on where bike share stations should be located in the community, please log on to www.eugenebikeshare.com and follow the map instructions. You can also use the Social Cyclist app (socialcyclist.com) on your smartphone to select locations. Data will be collected on station locations until May 31st. Eugene Bike Share will launch in fall of this year.
Please contact Reed Dunbar, email@example.com with any questions.
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.
An 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/bikeshare
SmartTrips 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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bike Month Highlights
For a calendar of Bike Month of the 30+ events click here. More events added as submissions come in. See how many you can do! Scroll below for complete descriptions of each event.
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.
The 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).
The 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.
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.