Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 7.5 years

Joshua Clifton, the driver who was racing down 30th Ave. on October 16th, 2009 when he hit cyclist Hart Godbold, has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for felony hit-and-run, filing a false police report (he reported his car stolen after the accident), and driving with a suspended license.  Clifton lost control of his car while racing, crossed two oncoming traffic lanes, and hit Godbold who was riding up the hill on the sidewalk. Clifton had been drinking rum before the accident, and had a suspended license due to a previous drunk driving conviction in California.

Click here for WeBikeEugene’s previous coverage of the incident.

The Register-Guard published an article about the conviction on Wednesday which had some shocking new information.   Excerpts below: (emphasis mine)

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March InMotion Re-post: EPA Grant, Project Homeless Connect, EWEB Riverfront, LTD, 1-5 Bridge, and more!

The March 2010 City of Eugene  InMotion newsletter  is a wealth of great information.  This month’s newsletter covers the SmartTrips EPA Grant, Project Homeless Connect, Youth Mentoring, the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan, LTD route changes, and community events.

The newsletter also include an important 1-5 bridge construction update: (emphasis mine)

Construction Increases on the New I-5 Willamette River Bridge As construction increases on the new I-5 Willamette River Bridge, people using park paths east of Autzen Stadium will experience delays or detours.  Starting Mar. 15, path users in the Whilamut Natural Area and Eastgate Woodlands will experience delays of 20 minutes or longer. Flaggers will be on the paths to direct traffic.  Bicyclists are subject to the same rules as other motorists, including doubling of fines in construction zones for not obeying a flagger or riding on a road or path that is closed. In mid April, the Canoe Canal Path as it passes under I-5 will be closed and path traffic will be detoured to the North Bank Path.  This detour will only be in place a few weeks and then east-west traffic will return to the Canoe Canal Path.  Signage will be in place announcing the changes.  Please watch for and obey the flaggers.

A PDF of the full newsletter is available after the “more” link.

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City of Eugene plans to fix Amazon Path flooding, Fern Ridge Bike Path

The "Amazon Puddle" with its native inhabitants

While using the term “flooding” may be a bit of an overstatement, use of the term “puddle” certainly seems inadequate.  The “Amazon Puddle” is more than just a puddle – not only in literal size – but also as symbol of a project that, to some, seems to have gone a bit awry. However, and please excuse the little bit of editorializing on my part, it is important not to  “miss the path for puddle,” so to speak.

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SRTS Newsletter: Bike Summit, Classes, Kidical Mass, and More!

The Eugene Safe Routes to School (SRTS) newsletter is a wonderful source of information about bicycle happenings in Eugene.  February’s newsletter (re-posted here a tad late),  covers the Walking and Biking Summit, the $495,ooo SRTS grant, cycling classes, Kidical Mass, Walk + Bike Challenge Month, Act Out Loud, and upcoming speakers and webinars.

You can subscribe to the newsletter here, and view/download it below:

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30th Ave hit-and-run driver convicted

Image via KVAL.com

Joshua Gene Clifton, the driver in the October 16, 2009 hit-and-run on East 30th Ave near Onyx St, was found guilty last Thursday of all charges stemming from the incident.  Clifton was drunk and racing another driver down the 30th Ave. hill towards Hilyard at 11:45 pm when he lost control, crossed at least three lanes of traffic, drove up onto the sidewalk, and struck 26-year-old Hart Godbold as he was bicycling up the hill.  Clifton continued driving and later reported his car stolen.

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EPA awards Eugene $100k grant to explore SmartTrips options

An exciting press release about a $100,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for Eugene SmartTrips came our way recently from Lindsay Selser, the SmartTrips  Program manager and Transportation Planning Technician for the City of Eugene.  Lindsay also runs the very informative City of Eugene Transportation Planning Facebook page.  The entire press release can be downloaded here (PDF).

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Job Posting: UO Bike Program Coordinator

This job posting comes by way of Briana Orr of the UO Bike Program and several readers.  To qualify you must be a UO student. Quoted from Briana’s e-mail:

We are seeking applicants for the UO Bike Program Coordinator position.  I can testify that the experience is a fantastic opportunity to build upon your interests and skills, work with amazing people, and experience the outdoors!

See the attached job description for details.  Any interested applicants should come by the EMU Outdoor Program office (located in the basement of the EMU) to fill out an application.  Feel free to contact me with questions.  More information about the program can be found here.

For a full job description follow the “more” link.

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WeBikeEugene.org Official Launch

Welcome to WeBikeEugene.org!

This post  marks the official launch of WeBikeEugene.  We have been posting for a few weeks now, and it’s time to spread the word about the site.

WeBikeEugene has a simple mission statement.  We exist to spread news of cycling to cyclists and others in the Eugene/Springfield area.  We plan to cover advocacy, road riding, commuting, infrastructure projects, off-road projects, recreational riding, road and off-road racing, cycling community events, and anything else having to do with cycling in Eugene, Springfield, and the surrounding area.

Some describe us as Eugene’s version of BikePortland.org. We consider this comparison a great compliment, and hope to be as thorough one day as they are.  However, we have no current plans to expand our coverage beyond the Eugene/Springfield area, nor do we have the resources to update as often.

You can see a little bit of who we are about by browsing our previous topics.  We are not fully operational as of yet, and are still in the process of bringing more contributors on staff.  As we acquire more writers our coverage of events, especially in the racing and off-road scenes, will expand.

We welcome any suggestions for articles, news tips, and submitted articles.  You can contact us here. None of us run this site full-time, and we welcome any help and suggestions from our readers.

As well as doing our own reporting, we will also be aggregating other Eugene/Springfield area news sources, including GEARS news, Safe Routes to School news, the City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter, and other sources.  Our goal is not to compete with these already wonderful news sources, but instead to make them more accessible to the general public.

Many people have put a lot of effort into making this site a reality, but it will only be useful if people spread the word.  A cycling community educated about current cycling events will progress faster than one that is left in dark.  You can help by reading, spreading the word, suggesting article ideas, or even contributing.

And, of course, the most important thing is to get out and ride!

Eugene’s First Green Bike Lane

Image from the "City of Eugene Transportation Planning" Facebook Page

The City of Eugene painted Eugene’s first green bike lane heading Westbound at the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd. and Maple St. on February 18th.  This is the area where the bike lane crosses Maple St. heading West and then joins a bike path that runs parallel to Roosevelt Blvd.  It is a complicated area for both cyclists and drivers, and thus has a high risk of the dreaded “Right-Hook” or “Right-Cross.”

This is Eugene’s second painted bike lane.  The other is painted blue and located on River Road heading North as it crosses the Beltline on-ramp.

Curious as to why this bike lane was the chosen location for the first green bike lane, WeBikeEugene contacted the City of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinator, Lee Shoemaker.

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In the News: Safe Routes to School and Bike Crashes

We bring to you attention today two news articles that have been making the rounds in Eugene.  “Grant to Fund a safer walk” via the Register-Guard and the unfortunately headlined “Bike Crashes Injure Hundreds” via the Eugene Weekly.

Read on for summary and commentary.

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