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

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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 6: Speaker Oboi Reed: Bike Share & Equity
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 Ride
May 13: Bicycle Touring: Day Tripping & State Tripping By Bike
May 14: Confident Cycling for Families Class
May 14: Traffic Skills 101
May 14: 3rd Annual BicyClean River Path Clean-up
May 14-20: Business Commute Challenge
May 17: Breakfast at the Bike Bridges
May 17: Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Ride
May 18: Eugene Ride of Silence
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 Classic Ride (With Madi Carlson)
May 21: Mountain Bike Trail Build Day
May 21: May ‘Mash Ride
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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Saturday, May 7th

Mohawk Valley Metric Century, Armitage Park, 7 am- 3 pm
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.
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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 Ride

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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.

Bike in Shapes is open to everyone in the Eugene-Springfield neighborhood. Rides are posted at least a week in advance, so check their blog or fan them on Facebook page and come along!


May 14th- 20th

Business Commute Challenge, Your Workplace, All Week
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.

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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

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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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.


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
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Wednesday, May 18th

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

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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.


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
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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
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

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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.

 Saturday, May 21st

Moonlight Mash Ride, Kesey Square, 8:30 pm
A celebration of people on bicycles under the light of the full moon. Returning in 2016 with the same classic style but a few new tricks!
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Friday, 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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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.

Construction underway for Willamette Street ‘road diet’

If you haven’t noticed, construction has begun on south Willamette Street, the first steps toward the test of a “road diet” on the stretch from 24th to 29th streets.

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Preliminary work is underway on south Willamette Street, leading up to the re-striping.

The street will be reconfigured from four auto lanes to three auto lanes with bike lanes.

The actual re-striping of the road probably won’t happen until late March or early April, said Chris Henry, Transportation Planning Engineer for the city. Other work needs to happen first, he said, including widening the road at 24th and installing a traffic light at the driveway into Woodfield Station, the shopping area anchored by Market of Choice.

The widening at 24th is now underway. That will allow for the continuation of the southbound bike lane, which now ends at 23rd. The widening will also make room for a left-turn pocket for cars headed south on Willamette and wanting to turn left on 24th.

While the “test” road diet does not include repaving the street (that will happen in a few years), the city is also reparing some of the worst cracks and drainage problems that would have been in the new bike lanes.

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Driveway lips have been ground smoother.

Some of that work is already done. Workers have also ground a number of driveway lips, to make it easier to turn a bike off the road into a business driveway.

The stretch of Willamette in question sees about 14000 automobile trips per day. That’s about 2,000 less than the older figure that was used when the street was initially studied and the road diet was proposed.

Because of vocal oppostion to the idea of a road diet from some businesses on Willamette, the City Council voted in 2014 to test the idea for a year. The council will take up the issue again in summer 2017 after reviewing how the street functioned under the test, and also considering results from an economic impact study of area businesses that is being conducted by the Community Service Center at the University of Oregon.

All of that will lead to a decision on how to re-stripe the street when it is fully repaved in 2018.

Bikes on Roadway to replace Share the Road Signs

ODOT will now recommend traffic engineers use signs that say “Bikes on Roadway” instead of the old “Share the Road” signs.

The decision came at a recent meeting of the Traffic Control Devices Committee, following a presentation by Alexandra Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Specialist with Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, and Gary Obery of ODOT.

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The decision doesn’t mean “Share the Road” signs already installed will be replaced, but that new signs or any in need of replacement for other reasons should be updated to “Bike on Roadway.”

Phillips and Obery reported on the history of two signs and also discussed complaints from bicyclists that “Share the Road” is confusing, and that some interpreted the signs as telling bikes to share the road.

So the questions put before the committee were:

  1. Should the “On Roaway” plaque be put back into the Sign Policy & Guidelines?
  2. Should “On Roaway” be preferred over “Share the Road” for new and replacement signs?

Members agreed the current plaque is confusing and the consensus was to revert to “On Roadway” in connection with not just the bicycle icon signs, but all vehicular traffic signs, including trucks and tractors, etc. (as listed in Figure 2C-9 of the online 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD).

Bikes and On RoadwayCommittee member Scott McCanna noted that “On Roadway” doesn’t include the road shoulders under ORS 801.450 and this might be a litigation concern if a bicyclist gets hit on the shoulder. It was clarified this sign is actually meant for situations where bikes are expected in actual travel lanes. It was also clarified this would not affect Sharrow pavement markings since these are supposed to be used only on slower speed streets.

After some discussion, a motion to recommend ODOT state in the Sign Policy & Guidelines the “On Roadway” plaque is preferred over the “Share the Road” plaque was approved.

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Eugene’s temporary traffic engineer to travel to Europe to learn more about Vision Zero

Eugene’s soon-to-be acting traffic engineer has won a fellowship to study road safety efforts in Sweden and Denmark next fall, according to the Jan. 28 Eugene City Council Newsletter.

matt_rodriguesMatt Rodrigues won a $2,000 award for travel expenses for the trip from the American Public Works Association’s Jennings Randolph International Fellowship.

Rodrigues will become Eugene’s acting-in-capacity Traffic Engineer beginning Feb. 1, filling the job vacated after Tom Larsen resigned following news that he had operated without a current engineering license for a number of years.

Rodrigues will specifically study how Vision Zero has been implemented in Sweden. Vision Zero is an effort to end fatalities and serious injuries on the streets. It originated in Sweden, and the Eugene City Council adopted Vision Zero as city policy this past November.

This sounds like good news for Eugene, a sign that staff will begin looking seriously at how to implement Vision Zero in Eugene. Done right, it should have a number of implications for people who walk or ride bikes.

Eugene’s traffic engineer has significant authority over the city’s public rights of way, and generally has to approve projects that improve conditions for bikes and pedestrians.