It’s been a VERY active summer for repaving projects around Eugene and several of them have seen improvements for cyclists.
Here’s a quick recap on some of those projects:
5th Avenue (Blair to High)
What’s been done:
- Improved pedestrian crossing at 5th/High
- Removed parking on the south side of 5th Ave from Blair to Jefferson to fit wider bike lanes (including a door zone buffer on the north side)
- Widened the remainder of the bikes lanes along the corridor and included buffer stripes where feasible
- Smoooooth pavement
What isn’t going to be done (but should be):
- Improve the crossing of Monroe at 5th Ave
- Some traffic calming measures to make it feel more comfortable
- More bike corrals to create good sidewalk environment & improve streetscape
18th Avenue (Westmoreland Park to Washington Street)
What’s been done:
- Installed a new pedestrian island at Van Buren Street
- Updated the pedestrian island at Friendly Street
- Removed parking between Polk and Friendly to widen bike lanes to national standard (best part!)
What’s still left to do:
- Final painting- let’s hope they get it right
- Install RRFBs at 18th @ Friendly (scheduled for Summer of 2014 as part of SRTS grant)
- Enforcement of parking (already seen some issues)
Pearl (between 18th & 19th)
What’s been done:
- Installed buffered bike lanes (east and west side of street) and a bike box at 19th Avenue
- Moved bike lane from left side of Pearl to the right side of the left turn lane (middle of street) to improve safety and reduce crash risk.
What’s still left to do:
- install bicycle loop detectors (and remove signal actuator in left turn only lane)
- colorant is supposed to be applied to the weave lane and bike box (delayed due to EWEB water main break)
What isn’t going to be done (but maybe should be):
- Sign telling northbound traffic to yield to southbound traffic on Pearl/Amazon Parkway
Alder St. (18th to 24th)
What’s been done:
- Redesigned the entries at 19th Avenue and 24th Avenue
- Installed shared lane markings on the whole stretch
- Replaced camera signal detection with inductive loops at 18th & Alder (too bad).
What isn’t going to be done (but probably should be):
- Prioritize Alder Street movement at Alder @ 19th!!
- Better traffic calming measures
- Finish bicycle boulevard from 24th to 30th (sharrows, traffic calming, and diversion)
There have been a few other minor projects I might report on later. Another major project, Willamette Street between 18th & 24th, is still being worked on and I’ll save that one for another post since there are several more weeks until that one will be done. Some of the highlights of that work are: southbound bike lanes from 17th to 23rd, northbound bike lanes on Willamette from 24th to 20th and Oak from 20th to 17th (plus the jog on 20th from Willamette to Oak), a bike box at 18th & Oak, and a curb extension on 19th to divert traffic southbound traffic and shorten the crossing for pedestrians.
Last year over 100 people came out for the Cargo Bike Roll Call, a show-and-tell of utility biking for Eugene. From errand running family bikes to mobile canning stations there is a huge diversity of cool ways to move ourselves and our things around our community. This year we’re expanding the event to include the Disaster Relief Trials (DRT), a cargo bike race designed to help demonstrate the abilities of bikes in disaster situations. Through a partnership with the City and University Emergency Management programs and our local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) cargo bike riders will demonstrate how bikes can help in response to a disaster. The riders plan and navigate a course of their choosing through the city, to designated check points with fully loaded bikes. At each check point riders will encounter obstacles or have tasks to assist response teams.
While the riders are completing the course, the Cargo Bike Fair and a “Fiets of Parenthood” will be held. The Cargo Bike Fair will be a great place to show off and see cargo bikes and gear as well as to see various emergency preparedness supplies and resources. The Fiets of Parenthood is a fun-filled competition for parents to flaunt (and practice) their family biking skills. The race will include: the dropped toy turnaround, groceries & a growler grab-n-go, a slalom, and other feats cargo biking families face. Bonus points for number of kids on the bike so bring your friends along!
All events will take place at the South Eugene High School parking lot from 11am-4pm. The DRT will start at Noon. Fiets of Parenthood is from 12:30-2:00pm.
Join the fun: Register to ride, have a booth, volunteer (get free stuff), sponsor the event, or just spread the word and come!
This event is also a fundraiser for Food for Lane County who serves a current community issue that needs relief: Hunger.
Organizing partners include: Pedal Power Music,City of Eugene Emergency Services, UO Emergency Management, 4j SRTS, CERT
Sponsors include: Epicenter, DLX- Deployed Logix, Norwest Safety, Cabela’s, Green Cycle Services, Bike Friday, Arriving by Bike, Xtracycle, point2point Solutions, Oakshire, Feeny Wireless, and Adkins Chiropractic & Wellness
Just a reminder to all the returning college students: This is not a safe environment to leave your bike! Ideally, bikes should be indoors at night and locked up with a u-lock during the day. Cable locks alone are useless.
If you live around the Courtside Apartments and your bike came up missing this morning, you might want to check the homeless camp on the tracks upstream and behind the Holiday Inn. This morning (5:40am) I saw a guy walking past Dutch Bros. on Franklin toward the river with two bikes. They didn’t look like his.
Thanks to over a dozen staff and volunteers our three bike fleets are maintained and rolling in our schools, now we need volunteers for our rides! The Bike Safety Education season is rolling and SRTS and the City of Eugene need volunteers to join our community bike rides! We are reaching more students at more schools than ever. We have three different sessions in the fall and spring with two to three schools each session.
To teach the hundreds of kids we do every season it takes dozens of volunteers helping us as we take up to 40+ kids out on our community streets each session. The rides are usually on Thursdays and Fridays and happen at various times. See the VolunteerSpot Calendar to see the dates and times and to sign up! These rides are a lot of fun for the kids and the volunteers and are a key component to our ten hour bike drivers-ed style course. Thanks for helping!
Thousands of students are returning to town for the start of the University of Oregon school year. The student transportation and livability group LiveMove is sponsoring a “Bike Orientation” tour of Eugene for all the newbies in town. They’ll share the best ways to get around to different neighborhoods from campus, how to prepare for Oregon rain on a bike, the best bike routes to take, and some often unknown recreation paths! The rides will last about an hour, and if you don’t have a bike, the UO Bike Program will rent you one at a discounted rate!
The tours will be Tuesday October 8th and 15th at 3:30 PM, and Thursday, October 10th and 17th at 5:00 PM. Each ride can accommodate up to 10 riders. If interested, email Nick Meltzer to sign up! More details will follow once sign up has been completed.
Welcome to Eugene students and good luck with the first week of class!
We don’t have a Stolen Bikes page like BikePortland so I’m going to put this one up here. I know Eugene has a well earned reputation as a bike theft capitol so maybe we should set up that page.
Remember, most important piece is prevention . The second most important thing is to make recovery easier- REGISTER YOUR BIKE. The Eugene Police Department now makes it easy to do this online so there’s no excuse. If you register your bike it is much more likely you will get it back. Also, take good pictures, write down all the information, and keep records about all your bikes.
Now for the latest stolen bike. This is from Kurt in Eugene. Email him if you have information:
Stolen Bike: Red MB-2 with Xtracycle FreeRadical. Red saddle bags with a red ”cushie” seat cover. Left side saddle pack is torn and top flap latch broken (tied shut). Front wheel hub lamp. Front wheel black while rear chrome. No toe clips. Can barely read MB 2 on tubing. Stolen Sunday from the U of O law library.
This picture is a bit old so not all the detail are the same:
Email Kurt if you’ve seen this bike.
It’s back to school time and the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School Program is gearing up by getting our bike safety education fleets in good working order for the year. This year we’ll be teaching hundreds of students our 10-hour “bike drivers-ed” class and our fleets get a lot of use and abuse. We depend on volunteers and the support of the local bike industry to keep these bikes on the road and under kids bottoms.
Come volunteer this Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 pm at the UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18 Ave.). We’ll have work for all skill levels. We’ll also have pizza. Drop us an email if you can to help us figure logistics or just show up and lend a hand!
by Duncan Rhodes
Interested in a challenging ride? Keep September 21st free!
We will meet at 6:00 am at the Red Barn Grocery parking lot, 357 Van Buren Street at W. 4th Avenue, where we have the ride signup. We will have coffee available for those who need a caffeine fix. We can’t park at Red Barn. If you drive in, please find legal parking elsewhere. The lot north of the Brun’s 6th Avenue Apple Market is available.
On 9/21/13 the Whiteaker Community Council will host The 2nd Annual Duncan Ride, a 116-mile ride into the O&C lands, with 8782 feet of climbing. Starting in the Whiteaker, we will go out into the virtually car-free O&C lands for some beautiful scenery along the Smith and Siuslaw rivers. Here is the route (subject to change due to road work): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3072063
This ride will be free, with free water, snacks, & ice cream for the first 50 people who sign up in advance. Here is the link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aovg8vDy-x2TdGZFUVV0Vm1RTDVmdzd5TTI0bFRYMUE#gid=0 You will be covered by the standard LAB insur-ance (Certificate # 1001094404) after you sign in at the ride start. Helmets are suggested but not required for this ride.
I will drive sweep in my car. For more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Duncan at 541-525-5777. It’s time to add some hills to your training rides.
The City of Eugene will present its second Sunday Streets event of the summer, which promotes healthy, active lifestyles, in the Bethel neighborhood on September 8th. From 11:30AM – 4:00PM people are invited to enjoy a 1.5-mile car-free route by foot, bicycle, roller skate, wheelchair, or any other human-powered transportation that they wish.
The Sunday Streets Bethel route connects activity centers at Petersen Barn Park and Fairfield Elementary School. These activity centers will feature pedal powered live music, food carts, free soccer clinics, yoga classes, tree walks, hula hoops, and more. ShelterCare will be providing free helmets that event attendees can decorate at the City of Eugene Recreation booth. The Petersen Barn Activity Center Stage will include musical performances and classes including Neil Bjorklund and His Bodacious Band, the North Eugene Ukulele Orchestra, line dancing, and Steel Wool. Samba Ja, a local Brazilian percussion ensemble, will be performing along the route and Won Tan Nara Drumming and Dance Ensemble and GreyMatter Jugglers will perform at the Fairfield Elementary School activity center.
Eugene Sunday Streets events are fun, safe, and successful with the help of over 150 volunteers per event. There is still a need for more “Intersection Superheroes.” Intersection Superheroes help direct traffic flow, answer questions, help local residents access their homes, and set up or take down barricades at their designated intersection. There are two shifts available: 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 1:45 to 4:15 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to www.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer to sign up, or call the Eugene Sunday Streets volunteer coordinator at 541-501-0390.
If you are wondering how you may get to or from the event, you need not worry any longer. Visit eugenesundaystreets.org/ to print off a FREE LTD bus pass for the event, view the schedule for group bike rides and suggested routes to and from the event, or look at the route map to view the available event parking at Fairfield, Malabon, and Cascade schools. Please call the Eugene Sunday Streets Coordinator, Emma Newman, at 541-501-0356 if you have questions about transportation.
With no designated start or finish, the two-way car-free Sunday Streets route can be enjoyed at everyone’s own pace by many different from of healthy, active transportation. The event is designed to get the entire community outside, having fun and enjoying healthy activities in Eugene’s public spaces while showing how easy it is to get around by human-powered transportation.
To learn more about Eugene Sunday Streets go to www.eugenesundaystreets.org or call 541-501-0356.
Eugene Sunday Streets Bethel Route Map
From the City of Eugene. I’ll just add that I wish a bridge connecting Grant st. was on the project list. Would be great to connect that whole Far West neighborhood to the path without having to deal with Chambers! Overall excited to see this area of the Amazon Path get some needed improvements.
A $975,000 project to stabilize and enhance Amazon Creek between Chambers and Garfield streets starts Monday, August 19.
Early in the week a lane on Chambers Street north of 18th Avenue will be closed for approximately one day and traffic will be controlled by flaggers. On Wednesday, the portion of the Fern Ridge multi-use path between Chambers Street and Garfield Park (Hayes Street) will be closed for an extended period of time to allow trucks to haul excess soil away and bring rock into the site. Cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to use a detour route along 15th Avenue.
The section of Amazon Creek from Chambers to Garfield has had erosion problems and creek bank failures. City of Eugene natural resources specialists and engineers have developed this project to stabilize the eroded banks, improve stormwater conveyance and enhance habitat potential. [Read More...]