30th Avenue Crossing Meeting

originally posted on EugeneSpringfieldSRTS.org

Concerns about crossing 30th Avenue east of Hilyard Street have been submitted to the City of Eugene for several years. Many of these concerns have been on behalf of students attending Camas Ridge Elementary School (1150 E 29th Ave) which relate to the convenience and usability of the pedestrian bridge, high speeds along the corridor, and previous crashes. The current pedestrian crossing bridge is difficult for families with strollers or bicycles (especially those with tag-along trailer bikes or other loads and small children on their own bicycles) to use the existing structure that was designed for pedestrian access and retrofitted to accommodate adults pushing regular sized two-wheeled bicycles. In response the city began the process in May of collecting data and holding a public meeting to collect community comments. Since then, city staff have evaluated the corridor and developed a recommendation for improving the crossing.

A meeting to discuss bicycle and pedestrian crossings of 30th Avenue from Harris Street to University Street in south Eugene is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria at Camas Ridge Elementary School located at 1150 East 29th Avenue in Eugene. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss community input, describe results of evaluation studies, and present the city’s recommended improvement option.

For more information see the city website at www.eugene-or.gov/30thcrossing or contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at 541-682-5727.

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New Trails in SE Eugene Open

Via Eugene City Council Newsletter this bit of news (emphasis mine):

A series of recent projects, strengthened by community partnerships, have created new trails in southeast Eugene, resulting in improved commuting options and connections between neighborhoods.

The Northwest Youth Corps Outdoor School, supported by members of Friends of Hendricks Park and the Fairmont and Laurel Hill neighborhood associations, and volunteers from Oregon Woods Inc., received a City of Eugene neighborhood matching grant to realign a heavily eroded segment of the Floral Hill Trail in Hendricks Park. The improved trail joins Hendricks Park and the newly constructed .75-mile Ribbon Trail to Floral Hill Drive and creates a pedestrian connection between the Fairmount and Laurel Hill Valley neighborhoods.

In addition, Eugene Water & Electric Board’s (EWEB) need to place a water main line down a narrow City-owned parcel between 30th Avenue and Spring Boulevard resulted in an opportunity to improve a crucial commuter link. The City Parks and Open Space Division partnered with EWEB staff and members of the Disciples of Dirt and the Obsidians to build a trail over the location of the filled-in water main’s trench. EWEB staff built the bulk of the trail as a component of its project. The two volunteer groups worked with City Volunteer-In-Parks staff to build a connecting trail segment near 30th Avenue, while a second grant-funded youth crew worked to build a trail segment down a steep hillside near 29th Avenue. A trail segment connecting the dead ends of Central Boulevard near Laurelwood Golf Course and 29th Avenue completed the connection work.

The new trails allow pedestrian and bicycle access between 29th and 30th avenues and Central Boulevard. Bicycle commuters and pedestrians are able to get off busy 30th Avenue to travel between neighborhoods south of 30th, Lane Community College and other destinations. One regular hiker interviewed recently summed up the experience, “I’m becoming addicted to the trails; it’s so nice to be able to experience a little bit of nature a few minutes from home!” Continue reading “New Trails in SE Eugene Open”