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.
Here is a shot of the feature:
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)
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).