Open House Tonight for Ped/Bike Master Plan

Come to the Library TONIGHT (Thursday, Oct. 2nd) from 5-7pm and give your input on how to make the plan even better! Even since this plan was accepted there has been a shift in how cities are implementing improvements for people walking and biking. Updates to the policy section and the system map will help take Eugene to the next level of walk and bike friendliness. Come give your input on what you want to see for yourself, your family, and your community to make Eugene the best place in the country to choose active transportation!

Here’s more information from the city:

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) was accepted by Council in 2012 as an interim guiding document for the development of bicycle and pedestrian projects. It will be adopted as part of the city’s Transportation Systems Plan (TSP) in 2015. There will be an open house on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the downtown Eugene Library (100 W 10th Avenue) in the Bascom/Tykeson Room. The purpose of the open house is to verify bicycle and pedestrian projects and policies before they are incorporated into the long-range TSP. Maps and comment forms will be available for you to provide your preferences. Drop in anytime between 5pm and 7pm. For more information click here: www.eugene-or.gov/bikepedplan
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Two BPACs Looking for People to Serve

Both the City of Eugene and the City of Springfield are looking for new BPAC members. Apply and get engaged on building a better active transportation environment for our community! Eugene applications are due Nov. 22nd and Springfield on Dec. 2nd.

The City of Eugene is seeking new Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee members.
The application period is open until November 22, 2013. Terms begin in January 2014.
BPAC 2014 Application HERE

Info about Eugene BPAC:

Current Eugene BPAC

Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) advises the City of Eugene Transportation Planning staff and community organizations and partners on the following:

  • Implementation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan
  • Community and constituent interests in transportation planning decisions
  • Provides feedback to staff on projects relating to walking and bicycling

BPAC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the Sloat Conference Room at the Eugene Atrium Building (99 W. 10th Ave) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.Guests and members of the public are always welcome to attend.

All BPAC meetings are open to the public. Guests will be provided with opportunities to speak at the beginning of each meeting.Use the links on the right side of this screen to access meeting notes and related information.

The staff liaison to the BPAC is Lee Shoemaker, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. He can be reached at (541) 682-5471.

Applications for Springfield Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Available

The City of Springfield is currently seeking applications from Springfield residents to serve on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee; applications will be accepted until December 2 at 5:00 PM. The City will fill up to eight (8) positions on the Committee from the applications received by the deadline.

The Committee provides citizen input on pedestrian and bicycle policies, programs, and facilities. Applicants should have an interest in promoting pedestrian and / or bicycle interests in Springfield. The Committee meets approximately six times each year and candidates will be appointed to serve a two-year term beginning in January 2014.

What: Applications being accepted for Springfield’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee

Who: Springfield residents, electors, or property owners within Springfield’s Urban Growth Boundary can apply.

When: Applications will be accepted until December 2 at 5:00 PM.

Where: Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield

Additional information:  Contact Molly Markarian, Senior Planner, at 541.726.4611 or email at mmarkarian@springfield-or.gov.

 

InMotion Newsletter- August 2013

We haven’t reposted the City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter in awhile. It’s a great resource and if you’re not subscribed to it you should be!

 

Eugene Sunday Streets Brought Thousands to Downtown!Eugene Sunday Streets Downtown successfully brought thousands of people to downtown Eugene on July 21st to experience active transportation and activities that contribute to healthy lifestyles. The second Sunday Streets event this summer will be held on September 8th in the Bethel neighborhood. We are currently recruiting volunteers for the September 8 event! You can sign up to volunteer atwww.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer.Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets Downtown partnered with dark30 sports to bring fast-paced running and bicycle races, the TrackTown City Center Mile and Rolf Prima Downtown Criterium, to the streets of downtown. The winner of the elite mile came in at 4:05, which is incredibly fast for a mile race run on city streets with several corners along the route.

The excitement from the morning races continued to build throughout the day as people came to Downtown Eugene to experience active transportation along the three-mile car-free Sunday Streets route by foot, bicycle, roller blade, wheelchair, scooter, and more. Many stopped at Monroe Park and Kesey Square to listen to live music and participate in many activities, including free yoga classes, slack lining, a Slip-N-Slide and the bike expo.

There were over 50 activity booths and food cart vendors for people to choose from. Local bicycle businesses that participated in the event were kept busy all day answering questions about bicycles and providing the opportunity to test ride fold-able bikes, cargo bikes, balance bikes, and even bikes that will be used in the University of Oregon’s upcoming bike share system this fall. The City of Eugene Police registered 76 bicycles in an effort to reduce bicycle theft rates.

Many businesses along the route benefited from the increased foot and bicycle traffic. One business said, “our business went up about 25% and we had to double our staff for the day” to accommodate the new customers stopping by. Residents in the area who attended the event also appreciated seeing more people visiting our city center.

Eugene Sunday Streets Bethel, on September 8th, will continue to build off of the excitement and energy from Sunday Streets Downtown.  For more information about Eugene Sunday Streets or to sign up to volunteer, please visit eugenesundaystreets.org. Volunteers receive newly designed Eugene Sunday Streets t-shirts and are entered into a drawing for valuable prizes, including Sweet Life gift cards and a Burley Bee bike trailer!

 

Smarttrips Eugene is Back for its Third Year!

Smart TripsThis summer smarttrips eugene is back, offering residents in the East Bethel neighborhood FREE transportation tools. Residents in the East Bethel neighborhood can order FREE transportation tool kits that have information on how to get around by walking, biking, using the bus, carpooling and much more! Our free walking and biking kits come with a pedometer or pant leg strap, a special neighborhood walking and biking map, and a schedule of guided walks or rides that highlight areas of interest in the East Bethel neighborhood! You can place an o
While our kits are only available to residents in the East Bethel neighborhood everyone is invited to our FREE events! Check out this month’s events below:rder online at www.smarttripseugene.com or call 541-501-0390 to have an order form mailed to you.

Saturday August 10, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Eugene Walk There: Bowling at Strike City. Meet at Petersen Barn Community Center 870 Berntzen Rd. We will meet at Petersen Barn and walk over to Strike City Lanes. Participants will get to enjoy one free game of bowling! This walk is approximately 15 minutes each way.

Thursday August 15, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Community Event: Family Fun Night at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Join us at Petersen Barn’s Family Fun Night for free food, fun raffle prizes and a helmet decorating contest.

Sunday August 18, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Learn: Bike Maintenance Clinic at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Learn how to maintain your bike from a friendly local mechanic. Our local bike instructor will teach basic bike maintenance skills from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and advanced skills from 2:15-3:30 p.m. All you need to bring is your bike and a yearning for learning!

Tuesday August 20, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learn: Bike Rodeo for Kids at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Come down to Petersen Barn to get a free bicycle helmet for your kiddos and test their bicycle traffic skills at the smarttrips Bike Rodeo! Free sack lunch will be provided by Food for Lane County.

Friday August 23, Bike Maintenance class starts at 7:30, movie begins after dark 

Community Event: Summer in the City presents Hotel Transylvania en Espanol at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Walk or bike down to Petersen Barn for an outdoor screening of Hotel Transylvania en Espanol. Smarttrips staff will teach a bike maintenance class en Español before the movie.

Sunday August 25, 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration required 

Eugene By Cycle: Ride to the Ems Game. Meet at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. We will ride from Petersen Barn to PK Park. This ride includes tickets to the game, dinner and more. Kids under the age of 16 MUST wear helmets as per state law. Call Moorea Strueby at 541-501-0390 to register. This ride is about 45 minutes long each way.

Friday August 30, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Community Event: Breakfast at the Bridges at the Fern Ridge Path (near Bike Friday) Free coffee, bagels, bike bells and bike maintenance checks! Come celebrate walking and biking and summer in Eugene.

For more information about smarttrips:eugene visitwww.smarttripseugene.com  

 

Mural Bike Tour 

 The Lane Arts Council, Last Friday Art Walk, and local mural advocates have teamed up to coordinate a Mural Bike Tour in Eugene!  The bike tour will feature some of the wonderful murals of the Whiteaker neighborhood, and then curve through downtown Eugene.  The 2-hour tour begins at 10am on Saturday, August 17th at Kari Johnson’s “Oak Savannah,” a mural featuring a hawk and tree, across the street from Ninkasi Brewing, near 3rd and Van Buren.  Bob Passaro will lead the tour and interview mural artists along the way, including Jim Evangelista, Hans d’Hollosy, Dan Hitchcock, Ron Lafond, and Kari Johnson.  Bob Passaro has been blogging about bicycle culture in Eugene for three years, at eugenebicyclist.com  and currently serves on the City of Eugene’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is now a writer and editor at CAWOOD, a marketing and public relations agency in Eugene. The Mural Bike Tour is sponsored by Arriving By Bike and Cornucopia.  Information about the Mural Bike Tour is available at www.lanearts.org.  FREE EVENT!

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 Congressman DeFazio Visits Breakfast at the Bike Bridge

The monthly Breakfast at the Bike Bridges event held on Friday, July 26th attracted over 170 participants, including Congressman DeFazio himself. The event was held at the DeFazio Bike Bridge and showed appreciation for people who walk and bike by providing free breakfast, coffee, bike bells, bicycle tune-ups, and more to passersby. Continue reading “InMotion Newsletter- August 2013”

LCC Class Corrals Creativity for Downtown Bike Parking

Lane Community College (LCC) instructor Lee Imonen’s “Art 117: Three Dimensional Basic Design” class got real-world design experience this term as they partnered with the City of Eugene to create unique and artistic designs for upcoming downtown bike corrals. A bike corral converts an on-street parking space or other unused curb space for bicycle parking (see BikePortland article for more). Working in teams, students visited the sites where bike corrals are planned, including Morning Glory Café (450 Willamette Street), Cornucopia (207 East 5th Avenue), and the Kiva Grocery Store (125 West 11th Avenue). Research on the history of Eugene also helped inform the eight designs. Display boards and models were created and displayed at a class show on Dec. 9. Continue reading “LCC Class Corrals Creativity for Downtown Bike Parking”

Poll: Do you want lights on the North Bank Path through East Alton Baker Park?

The area in question is highlighted in pinkish

The June 10th Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting was – and I know I probably over-use this word – silly.  I’ve only been attending public planning meetings for a few months now, but it never ceases to amaze me how emotional people get when discussing how to get from point “a” to point “b”.   City planners are tasked with the job of making everyone happy, which is hard when even the people in the bicycling community don’t always agree, and at the last BPAC meeting they disagreed quite a bit.

Due to my masterful use of “article-title foreshadowing” you have no-doubt figured out that the issue which caused quarrel was the discussion over the possibility of adding lights to the River Path through East Alton Baker park and the Whilamut Natural Area.

Read on for details and to take WeBikeEugene’s first poll!

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Meeting Summary: Alder St. Workshop and BPAC: Councilwoman Jennifer Solomon conflicted on bike priorities

The April 7th Alder St. Workshop

Last week was a week of meetings, and I sat through them all just for you!  Although I must confess, it really wasn’t so bad.  The Alder St. Workshop was a pleasant discussion on bike priorities, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting fed me cake.

Topics covered in this post include Alder St. progress and updates, City Councilor Jennifer Solomon’s apparently contradictory bike policies, Transportation Enhancement grants, and downtown EMX routing.


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Weekend News Wrapup 03/13/10 – 2009 Leaf Program Review, ACT, Future Infrastructure Projects, Online Hazard Reporting, and FLUX Magazine features WeBikeEugene Founder

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.

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I-5 Bridge, Delta Ponds, Bike/Ped, Smart Trips, and BPAC

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:

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