Bike School; The Gateway to the World of Bike Mechanics
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to request more details.
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.
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.”
Today’s the big game but the UO is already national champions for cycling! Well officially they are Gold and Davis and Stanford are currently ahead of them with Platinum but they are hot on their heels. Below is some information about some of their current programs, some of which are available to the broader community with an Outdoor Program membership.
UO Mobile Repair Trike with tools and stand (photo by Alexander Hongo)
Other big news from the program is that Kelsey Moore has been hired as the new Program Coordinator for the Bike Program, replacing Briana Orr who was hired last year as a Communication Specialist by the Cascade Bicycle Club. You may know Kelsey as the manager at Arriving by Bike or her work with Willamette; A Place for Everyone. It’s really exciting to see Kelsey move into this position, she’ll bring great energy, knowledge, and community connections to this growing UO program. Here’s some information on some current projects at the UO Bike Program: [Read More…]
Bike Share may be coming to Eugene. Last year there was a lot of movement and discussion of bringing bike share to Eugene. A bike share feasibility study was completed, the University of Oregon moved forward with a four station, forty bike project, and at the same time the City of Eugene applied for funding from ConnectOregon for it’s portion of a bike share system. However, also in 2014 the University project has been stalled with some red tape and the City didn’t receive the ConnectOregon funds. However, it looks like 2015 might be the year that bike share makes a big move forward in Eugene. The ConnectOregon funds might just happen and with them a renewed push from the newly hired University of Oregon Bike Program Director could bring a complete system to Eugene sooner rather than later. Here’s how it might happen: [Read More…]
Have you cycled on any one of Oregon’s twelve Scenic Bikeways this year? Want to help make Oregon even better for cycling? Take this survey now. Closes in two weeks!
Travel Oregon and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways. As part of the information gathering, the two organizations want cyclists to respond to this online survey by Dec. 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways – offering Oregon’s “best of the best” road routes – and the feedback gathered can make them even better.
Travel Oregon and OPRD want to hear how often people ride the Scenic Bikeways and get feedback on what people thought of them. The responses will be kept confidential and be used for statistical purposes only. The survey takes about 7 minutes and the results will help improve the Oregon cycling experience for all.