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Maintenance Hotlines
For use when debris hinders the bike lane or path (leaves, broken glass, potholes, etc.)

Online Reporting - Eug
Mobile App - Eug
682-4800 - Eugene
726-3761 - Spfld
744-8080 - ODOT
682-6900 - Lane Co.

Eugene Parking Services
For use when a car is parked in the bike lane during business hours.

682-5729 - Eugene

Police Non-Emergency Number
For use if the above numbers don't work.

682-5111 - Eugene
726-3714 - Spfld

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Visit eugenesundaystreets.org/ for more information.

Visit eugenesundaystreets.org/ for more information.

Eugene Sunday Streets
Eugene Sunday Streets is happy to be celebrating its fifth year this summer by hosting two events; July 26th in Downtown Eugene, and September 20th in the Friendly Neighborhood. These events are free and open to everyone, temporarily closing down streets for an afternoon full of bike friendly rolling, walking, playing and exploring at our musical stages and activity centers. Events such as helmet decorating, scooter races, bike lessons, taekwondo demonstrations and yoga classes fill the streets and promote healthy active lifestyles and community engagement. The idea for our open street celebration was modeled from an event in Bogota Colombia that has spread to a national movement of cities closing down streets to promote sustainable transportation, in a safe and family friendly environment. The goals for our Sunday Street events are: to create new opportunities for businesses, investing money directly into our local economy, opening up a conversation about global c limate change and sustainability, improve the health of our residents, reduce dependence on motor vehicles by shifting behavior to increase walking or biking and increase neighborhood livability. This year we anticipate over 6,000 participants and will be working with over 200 volunteers, making for two fantastic summer events! Save the dates, and get excited! We hope to see you there! This is funded through a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and donations from private businesses and individuals like you. DONATE HERE!

Emily was born and raised here in Eugene, and grew up on the back of a bike. She is a student at the University of Oregon studying theology with an interest in community organizing around issues of social justice.

Emily Farthing, Eugene Sunday Streets Coordinator – sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us

SmartTrips: Eugene
Taking public transit, walking, and biking to get to your next destination are great ways for residents to decrease their CO2 emissions, increase their daily physical activity and connect with their community in a new ways. Many people have a variety of barriers that can prevent them from using active transportation in their daily lives. SmartTrips: Eugene would like to help South Central residents overcome these barriers and promote the benefits of active transportation. SmartTrips: South Central will be kicking off in June of 2015 targeting residents in Friendly Neighborhood and Southeast neighborhood (residents north of 46th Ave). This will be a great opportunity for these residents to learn more of their neighborhood’s resources and infrastructure that help support these modes. Each household will be mailed an order form which will outline all the informational materials, prizes and helpful tools that we will be offering free! After order is placed a SmartTrips staff will be delivering these kits by bicycle. Along with the SmartTrip Kits, we will also be hosting a variety of events in the neighborhoods to help engage and support walking, biking and transit modes. SmartTrips events allow for residents to come together and try a new mode or strengthen this lifestyle behavior with their neighbors. This is funded through State Transportation Planning – Urban money, from Oregon Department of Transportation, passed through our Regional Metropolitan Planning Committee.

Jessica is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at Oregon State University and is hoping to use her current knowledge in environmental health and health promotion within SmartTrips Eugene program.

Jessica Kessinger, SmartTrips: Eugene Coordinator, Jessica.a.kessinger@ci.eugene.or.us

Large Employer Transportation Options Pilot Program
One of our transportation options interns, Alexis Biddle, is developing a program for large employers to encourage transportation options in Eugene. Because the City has so many locations where its employees are located, Alexis has been tracking each facility’s features that relate to how employees travel to work. He has also been making a survey that will measure how City employees currently get to work and what they would like to see changed. Once the survey results are compiled and the inventory is complete, Alexis will implement an individualized marketing campaign that encourages employees to adopt transportation modes that are healthy and reduce carbon emissions. The information derived from Alexis’ work will also help the city shape policies that encourage biking, walking, transit, and car share for commute and work trips. This program is a step towards achieving the city’s carbon reduction goals and wellness objectives. Once this pilot program is comp lete, the template will be available for other large employers in our region to use within their own organizations. This is funded through at grant from Oregon Department of Transportation.
Alexis is pursuing graduate degrees in law and planning at the University of Oregon and wants to work in the development of Multimodal transportation policy.

Alexis Biddle, Transportation Options Intern, alexis.j.biddle@ci.eugene.or.us

Regional Crosswalk Safety & Education Campaign
The Crosswalk Safety Campaign will educate Eugene residents on the laws and responsibilities surrounding marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections, particularly for people driving. The goal is to create a culture shift of our community’s knowledge and behavior at crosswalks in order to prevent crashes and injuries and to save lives. It is so important for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to be safe and feel comfortable walking around in our city without fear of getting hurt or killed. For those of us that are driving, it’s important to be aware of and respect people walking for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. Do you know the laws if you are walking or driving across a crosswalk? Every corner is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, and you have to stop for people walking. People that walk and bike are more vulnerable; slow down and save a life! Keep an eye out this summer for our ads on radio, TV, buses and more. This is funded through a grant from the Oregon Health Authority.

Claudia is a graduate student at the University of Oregon in the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability program. She moved to Oregon from Albuquerque, NM where she worked on her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning & Design, she’s originally from Sweden.

Claudia Denton, Pedestrian Safety Campaign Intern, Claudia.m.denton@ci.eugene.or.us

Confident Cycling for Families Class

Register Here for the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School bi-annual Confident Cycling for Families Class! The class is April 18th, 9am-Noon at Roosevelt Middle School. Families can also join us at 1pm for a Kidical Mass bike ride.

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.  Join the Facebook event and spread the word!

LiveMove Speaker: Parklets, Play Streets and Bike Share, Oh My! Rethinking Streets

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The next LiveMove speaker event is this Friday with Jennifer Wieland, recent Public Space Program Manager at the Seattle Dept. of Transportation. During her time with SDOT, Ms. Wieland helped to pilot the city’s Parklet Program. According to their handbook, “the term “parklet” originated in San Francisco to describe the conversion of a parking space into a small public park.”

Details on the event. Come join us:
Who: Jennifer Wieland, past-program manager, Seattle Department of Transportation
When: Friday, April 10  5 – 7PM
Where: Downtown LCC, Rm 112 (101 W. 10th Ave)
What: “Parklets and Play Streets and Bike Share, Oh My! Rethinking Streets in Seattle”
Why: Free appetizers, refreshments, and an expert in public space planning.

Bike School Offered at UO Bike Program

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Wednesdays, April 8th-May13th, 6-8 PM

This six week course will cover topics like brakes, derailleurs, bottom brackets, hubs and more. Each two hour class will provide an in-depth description of the topic and time to explore that system on your own bicycle. This course will give you skills needed to maintain and repair your standard road, mountain or commuter bike. Bring your own bicycle and clothes you are comfortable working in. Internally geared hubs and coaster brakes will not be covered.

Date: Wednesdays from April. 8th to May. 13th, 6-8 pm
Location: Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E 18th Ave)
Cost: $65 for six week course

Preregister and pay at the Outdoor Program Barn or call (541) 346-4371.

UO Bike Appreciation Day

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Does your bike need some TLC? Stop by campus on 13th in front of Lillis Hall anytime between 10 am and 3 pm and Bike Program bike mechanics will perform bike safety checks and minor adjustments free of charge!

Is your bike already in great shape? Come say “hi” and get updates on the Bike Program DIY Bike Shop and the Outdoor Program gear rentals and trips.

Date: Monday, April 6th, 10 am- 3 pm
Location: 13th St. (In front of Lillis Hall)
Cost: Free!

Sustainable Systems Bike Tour

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The Outdoor Program and HOPES (Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability) are teaming up to deliver the ultimate tour of Eugene’s finest examples of sustainable systems – and we will pedal ourselves to our destinations! We will bike to and tour MWMC’s BioCycle farm, EWEB’s Roosevelt Operations Center, the Center for Appropriate Transport, Skinner City Farm, and UO’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living. Must be able to complete a (mostly flat) 25 mile loop, including areas with automobile traffic.

UO students, OP co-op members, and non-members are all welcome to join! This event is free unless a bike rental is needed ($5). The pre-trip will be this Thursday April 2nd at 5pm, however, if for any reason you cannot make the pre-trip you are still welcome to join the tour.

To Sign up for this trip go here:
HOPES Bike Tour Sign-up or to look at the Participant List

Pre-Trip: Thursday, April 2nd, 5pm at the OP Barn
Date: Saturday, April 4th, 9am-2pm
Location: Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E 18th Ave)
Cost: Free! (+$5 for bike rental if needed)

Moonlight Mash; Ride Long & Prosper on Friday

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Space; the final frontier…These are the voyages of the starship Moonlight Mash. It’s ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and civilizations, to boldly go where no ride has gone before!

Moonlight Mash is a social celebration of people on bicycles, under the light of the full moon. This moon’s theme is the first in a two-part sci-go series. Remember this is a night ride alert riding, a hip vibe, and headlights are required. Taillights, helmets, and boom boxes are all good ways to earn bonus points.

Remember, this is not critical mass, this is not the ’80s; its Eugene in the new millennium! We are not anti-car; we are pro-bike! Act as a proud and responsible ambassador. Stop at red and yellow lights; even stop at green lights if you think you’re going to leave others behind. If you’re the first through a 4-way stop, stop! Wave a car or two through and wait for more riders to gather behind you, and ride through the intersection together as a group. Smile. Do not ride on the sidewalk or cross the middle of a two-way road. Wave! On a one-way road, leave one lane open for motor traffic. Ring your bell. Slow down at the front. Honk your horn. Speed up at the back. Howl at the moon. Signal turns and stops. Shout “Moonlight Mash!” Don’t weave or cut off other riders. Smile.

Plant Trees! By Bike!

Friends of Trees Plant It!

 

The Eugene Friends of Trees program is doing a great job expanding their plant-by-bike tree planting events. Let’s work toward having all trees planted by bike!

It is really fun and efficient to join in a planting event with a bicycle. You can join a bike team for a planting event with just yourself and bicycle, or bring along a trailer if you have access to one.

 

There are two upcoming events:

Saturday, April 4th, 9:00AM

Friends of Trees Office – 11th and Lincoln

 

Saturday, April 25th

University of Oregon area

 

RSVP to Jennifer (jenniferk@friendsoftrees.org) and to request more details.

Bike lanes are for…?

I may not have time for well researched articles like I did a few years ago, but I do seem to have time to make videos!  Here is a compilation of bike lane blockers from a winter of commuting.

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Guy Blocks Bike Box, Hits Me Twice: The Case for Green Bike Boxes

The bike box at High and 7th is needed to go from a left-side bike lane to a right-side bike lane. For some reason it’s not painted green like every other bike box, ever. (Like the bike boxes on Willamette and 18th and Alder and 13th.) This causes conflict.  When the bike box went in, I asked why it wasn’t green. The answer I got back (I forget from who) was that they didn’t think it needed to be green, and would be painted green if there were problems.  Well…  And now that we have lots of other green bike boxes in town, this one sends a message that it is somehow different from those.

Car drivers frequently block the box, not knowing or caring what it is. When riders try to get in front, sometimes the car drivers respond with threats and menacing. This was one of those times.

Update: From Eugene Transportation Planning on Facebook: “We do intend to put green paint in this bike box this summer. We will also be putting out some more education and outreach about bike boxes in the near future.” 

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