This weekend news wrap-up include two Eugene men cycling a frozen lake in Russia, an STP-U funds update, planned construction on Highway 126, an upcoming cycle track webinar, an upcoming River Front Research Park meeting, and the return of Bike Porn to Eugene.
Eugene men to attempt a winter bike ride around a frozen Russian lake.
Our lead story comes courtesy of the Register-Guard outdoor section. Quoted from the R-G:
What surely ranks among the most unusual and challenging mountain bike rides in the world will be attempted later this month by an international group of adventurers that includes two Eugene residents.
The five-man team hopes to become the first to use human power to circumnavigate Russia’s Lake Baikal in winter â€” as well as the first to bicycle around the lake’s entire 1,300-mile shoreline.
If the expedition goes as planned, it will take the cyclists 43 days to pedal â€” and sometimes push â€” bicycles with studded tires from Irkutsk down the frozen Angara River to Lake Baikal, around the frozen 400-mile-long lake, then back up the river to Irkutsk.
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A lot happened in Eugene’s cycling world this first week of February. Here are some of the key events that happened this week concerning SRTS, the UO Bike Program, Territorial Highway Construction, Alder St./Riverbank path access, Fern Ridge Bike Path EmX construction, the Crest Drive controversy, and STP-U Funds.
Eugene Safe Routes to School received a $495,000 grant.
The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Eugene have just been awarded a $495,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Safe Routes to School program.
The grant applies to seven local schools and their respective surrounding areas. Improvements on way include “Stutter Flash” crossings at 28th and Hilyard, 30th and Alder, 18th and Friendly St, a crosswalk at Chambers and 14th, and scores of other improvements. Stay tuned to the Eugene SRTS blog where more details will be posted soon.
Read more for other news items. Continue reading “Weekend News Wrapup 02/06/10”
KEZI ran an article and video today with information regarding the progress of the Delta Ponds Bridge Project; a bicycle and pedestrian bridge currently under construction with the intent to connect Goodpasture Island Road with Robin Hood Avenue.
According to the article the six million dollar project is being funded by highway and federal stimulus money which cannot be spent on other types of projects. Refreshingly, the new bridge will not be bogged down by the same type of signage that ruined the I-5 pedestrian and bicycle bridge for some. Quoted from KEZI.com:
The contractor for this project is the same one who worked on the I-5 bike bridge. So will this new bridge be subjected to the same type of signage that hangs above the interstate?
“No, there won’t be any signage on this bridge, the bike bridge and for a big reason is because it is a beautiful area, we want a beautiful bridge to match the area,” said Jones.
Lee Shoemaker is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Eugene. He’s one of the people inside the city who helps cycling advocates “get things done.”
WeBikeEugene contributor Shane Rhodes wrote an update on what Lee is working on for the January 2010 GEARS newsletter, and has graciously allowed us to re-post it here. To receive the full newsletter yourself simply become a member of GEARS (it’s worth it).
From Shoemaker’s Desk
By Shane Rhodes
The latest from the City Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator:
Bicycling is a simple, poetic way of solving all kinds of problems, all of the things that plague our culture: health, stress, emotional fatigue, traffic, congestion, pollution, the climate. It’s about community involvement and knowing your neighbors.
Few decisions are easier than deciding on who should be involved in a new Eugene area cycling news blog. WeBikeEugene contributors Shane Rhodes and Alexander Hongo were obvious choices. If any more evidence is needed other than their history of activism and participation, one must only look at their current news blogs.
WeBikeEugene contributor Alexander Hongo, long active in the eugene cycling scene, was featured in a story on KVAL.com this morning.
‘Work on your own bike … with the enthusiastic aid of a skilled mechanic’
“By Sreang “C” Hok for KVAL.com”
“EUGENE, Ore. — Amid the hanging tools, bikes and assorted parts at the University of Oregon’s bike loan program, skilled mechanics regularly fix bicycles with their voices and skilled guidance rather than their hands and tools.”
“In other situations you come into a bike shop and there is a very distinct line of separation between where the customers are allowed to be and where the magic happens,” said Alexander Hongo, a Bike Loan Program mechanic. “The cool thing about our shop here is you get to come right into the magic.”
“The mechanics, rather than working on customer’s bikes, empower students to fix their own bikes by teaching maintenance. Customers are allowed to come right into the maintenance area and access the shop tools and work space free of charge. “
Just saw this article at the University of Oregon’s student newspaper website DailyEmerald.com:
From bicycles, tricycles to trailers, Human Powered Machine apprentices fine-tune their craft.
By Lauren Fox | Scene editor
Jan VanderTuin started the Center for Appropriate Transportation in 1992. Since then, the center has added many new programs, including Eugene Bicycle Works, Pedalers Express and a do-it-yourself bicycle repair workspace, but most recently they have added a Human Powered Machines apprenticeship program.