Alder Street Work Begins

As we first reported back in March of last year the City is rebuilding a new and improved Alder street between 18th & Broadway. Initial work is starting now with EWEB doing it’s pre-construction maintenance work on site starting this week (see update below). This is going to be a busy summer of construction so be prepared for many detours, construction zones, and closures.  A BPAC subcommittee is working on construction zone signage and detour improvements so if you see any dangerous situations for cyclists (like poor sign placements or unsigned closures) send us a photo (after you call it into the City at 541-682-4800) and we’ll pass it on for use in that work.

EWEB Notice:

On Tuesday morning , May 17th EWEB will begin work at the north end of Alder Street. Alder Street will be closed  from Franklin Blvd to 11th Street from Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00am until Wednesday, May 18th 5:00pm. Work will then continue south between 11th and 13th Street but the traffic lane will remain open. Bike lanes and parking will be closed.

The purpose for this road and bike disruption is for EWEB to perform work for the upcoming City of Eugene Road Reconstruction Project . EWEB is beginning to replace water service lines, relocate fire hydrants and adjust utility vaults on Alder Street from Franklin Blvd. to E. 18th Ave.

We regret any inconvenience this disruption  may cause you. Please forward to any staff or students  who may be affected by this disruption. EWEB has notified businesses adjacent to the project. If you have any questions, please contact

Steve Ewing, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Alder Street Improvements Coming Soon

City of Eugene Receives $707,000 Grant for University District Improvements

The yellow line shows the project area
Yellow lines are the project area

*UpdatedI’ve added some corrections and updates after talking with ODOT and the City of Eugene more.

As we reported back in March (twice), April, May and August the City has some great plans for completing one of the ‘missing links’ in the Eugene bicycle transportation system, the connection of the Alder St. ‘bikeway’ to the river path system. The city received official word on November 16th that they were awarded a $707,000 grant from the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program and can now move forward with those plans.  The City decided to piggyback the grant application with their Pavement Preservation Program which is slated to repave Alder from 19th 18th to Franklin in the summer of 2011.  At the end of October the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) met in Seaside Astoria to decide which of the 90 communities that applied for over $37 million in projects would receive the $5 million that was available. Five  Eleven communities were awarded funds including Eugene plus two alternates if extra funding comes available.

Key components of the project include the construction of a new south AND northbound bicycle facility on Alder Street, a new signalized crossing at Franklin and Alder, on-street parking reconfiguration on 13th Avenue, increased bicycle parking capacity, and significant pedestrian enhancements in the small business district. Continue reading “City of Eugene Receives $707,000 Grant for University District Improvements”

Eugene Bicycle History Online at City of Eugene Website

Note: I began writing this article back in May but kept postponing it due to a constant flow of more time-sensitive stories.  The recent passing of Ruth Bascom has made the publishing of this article important.   It seems that the majority of the bike infrastructure we all enjoy today came about during the 70’s, and Bascom was instrumental in this process.

I’ve been poking around looking at Eugene and Springfield cycling history recently, my interested piqued by a reader sending in this old story from 1978 about a woman being arrested in Springfield for riding her bike in the street.

“Eugene engineers, planners, law enforcement officers, and citizens explain the successful bicycle program of Oregon’s second largest city.  Twelve monographs examine the planning, design, construction, and use of Eugene’s bikeway system.”  -from 1981’s “Bicycles in Cities,” put out by the City of Eugene

Quite accidentally, I discovered that the City of Eugene bicycling website has an online archive of old “Bicycles in Cities – A Eugene Perspective” monographs. From what I can tell, the 12 volume set was originally published in 1981 in individual newsletter form.  They cover a wide range of topics – from the existence of a late 70’s bicycle committee, the previous bicycle master plan, why we have left side and contra-flow bike lanes, the building of the Willamette bridges, the Fern Ridge and River Paths, and many other things.  In fact, is appears that the majority of the infrastructure that we have today came about in the 1970’s.

The monographs are full of great pictures and amazing stories, and at only 4 pages each are a must-read for anyone interested in local history, advocacy, or biking in general.  We can learn from our past – or at the very least enjoy the 70’s era cartoons and vintage bicycles.  Give it a read, and then lets try to make 2010-2020 another 1970-1980.

Continue for an episode guide:

Continue reading “Eugene Bicycle History Online at City of Eugene Website”

A New & Improved Alder. Coming Soon?!

The City of Eugene has turned in an application to ODOT’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Grant to make some major improvements to Alder Street between 19th and Franklin and 13th from Alder to Kincaid.  The plans call for a new two-way cycletrack from 19th to Franklin, a signalized crossing of Franklin, bike specific signal heads at 11th and 13th, on-street bike parking corrals, wayfinding, lighting, wider sidewalks, and streetscape improvements including public art. It’s an exciting project with some major potential for improvements to this corridor. It could also set the stage for future active transportation projects in Eugene.

Here is a more complete description of the project from the grant application:

Continue reading “A New & Improved Alder. Coming Soon?!”

Weekend News Wrapup 02/06/10

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.

From EugeneSRTS.org:

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.
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