The Fern Ridge Bike Path is experiencing the worst underpass flooding that I’ve seen in my two years of daily riding. The underpass at Chambers is completely submerged with over foot deep water. The underpass at Garfield shows signs of having flooded over night, and the water left behind a layer of thick, slippery mud. The Garfield underpass is especially dangerous since it is at the bottom of a slope, shadowed, and deceptively slick. Please take it very slow. When the waters receded at Chambers we can expect similarly muddy and slippery conditions as well.
Be careful out there, and please share any other flooding that you see today in the comments.
The Eugene Police Department (EPD) is planning a traffic “Focused Enforcement Operation” in downtown Eugene on March 30th and 31st. The location of the extra enforcement will be from 6th Ave. in the north to 18th Ave. in the south, and Lincoln St. in the west to Kincaid St. in the east. Click on the image to the right for a larger map of the area.
According to EPD sources the goal of the operation will be to uniformly enforce the law for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and car drivers. The reason I am giving this warning is to make sure that no one is given a citation due to lack of information and knowledge.Read on for details on what the police will be watching for, and how to avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law.
This Thursday was Project Homeless Connect, an event where community volunteers spend the day helping hundreds of members from the homeless community in receiving critical services including free medical exams, dental checkups, vision care, hot meals, haircuts, services support, and much more, including bike repair. At this years event about 15 volunteer mechanics, several intake volunteers, CAT Valet Bike Parking Volunteers, City of Eugene Transportation staff and Project Homeless Connect coordinators helped over a hundred guests get their bikes tuned up, fit a free helmet, or simply watch their bikes (and gear) while they received other services.
Last year the event served 1,548 guests. Organizers anticipated an increase in attendance as Lane County’s homeless population is rising. Results of the 2010 annual one-night homeless count revealed that 3,971 people were homeless at that time. Of those homeless, 607 were families. Many use bikes as their main transportation. Continue reading “Project Homeless Connect- Bicycle Service”
This is a story that I’ve been dying to write for years, even though WeBikeEugene has only existed for a month. It’s hard for me to stay detached and unbiased about this subject because I’ve spent countless hours and miles having my bones shaken and bike punished by the decrepit and horrible conditions on Alder St. near the University or Oregon – a street that is one of Eugene’s main, yet most horribly maintained, cycling routes.
Thankfully, good news is finally here. Not only is Alder St. between 18th Ave. and Franklin Blvd (and part of 13th Ave) going to be repaved in 2011 as part of The City of Eugene’s Pavement Preservation Program, but thanks to the City’s policy of piggy-backing bicyclist and pedestrian improvement projects on top of its pavement preservation projects, there is an opportunity for additional funds to be made available by applying to the competitive Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Pedestrian and Bicycle Grant Program. Past piggy-backed projects include the 2009 rebuilding of Bailey Hill Road and the rebuilding of 18th Ave near the U of O. There are also plans to improve Alder St south of 19th Ave, but they are part of separate projects and are funded by Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants.
The Weekend Wrapup is a randomly published WeBikeEugene feature used to summarize several key news items into one easy-to-digest post. This Weekend Wrapup will cover The City of Eugene’s Leaf Program presentation to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Active Community Transportation Act and future STP-U funded infrastructure project updates (both via GEARs News), BikeWise.org online hazard reporting, and the University of Oregon’s FLUX magazine story and video featuring yours truly.
On Wednesday, March 3rd, Shane Rhodes and Lisa VanWinkle updated the 4J School Board about Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects within the district, future plans, and projected grant spending. WeBikeEugene was able to obtain the audio from the school board meeting, and Rhodes (a WeBikeEugene contributor) was kind enough re-create his presentation as narrated video for your viewing pleasure.
The new Google Maps “Bike There” feature has further bridged the information gap between novice and expert riders. Now visitors to Eugene and novice riders, who don’t have an experienced knowledge of Eugene’s bike routes, have safe and scenic routing information available at the tips of their fingers. However, while Google Maps has made it easy to find a safe cycling route between point A and point B, a rider still may not feel entirely confident or safe riding alone or with their children in traffic or on multi-use paths.
Luckily, the Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) already has a series of cycling classes in place to help educate new, experienced, and youth riders about how to bicycle safely, confidently, and legally in traffic and on the multi-use paths. For experienced riders the classes do more than just teach safety – they also educate about how traffic laws apply to cyclists, lane positioning, cyclist rights, flat fixing, and safety checks. The classes are worthwhile no matter what your experience level, and the instructors are friendly and inviting.
The long talked about option of “Bike There” on the Google maps site has been launched!
In conjunction with the 2010 National Bike Summit being held this week in Washington D.C., Google announced the beta version of bike directions on their popular mapping website. They will be making the official public announcement tomorrow morning.
I just tried it the feature out and it seems to work great! There is a specific layer that shows paths, “bike routes”, roads with bike lanes and even neighborhood cut-throughs.