City of Eugene Transportation Option Interns Working on Great Projects

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Eugene Sunday Streets
Eugene Sunday Streets is happy to be celebrating its fifth year this summer by hosting two events; July 26th in Downtown Eugene, and September 20th in the Friendly Neighborhood. These events are free and open to everyone, temporarily closing down streets for an afternoon full of bike friendly rolling, walking, playing and exploring at our musical stages and activity centers. Events such as helmet decorating, scooter races, bike lessons, taekwondo demonstrations and yoga classes fill the streets and promote healthy active lifestyles and community engagement. The idea for our open street celebration was modeled from an event in Bogota Colombia that has spread to a national movement of cities closing down streets to promote sustainable transportation, in a safe and family friendly environment. The goals for our Sunday Street events are: to create new opportunities for businesses, investing money directly into our local economy, opening up a conversation about global c limate change and sustainability, improve the health of our residents, reduce dependence on motor vehicles by shifting behavior to increase walking or biking and increase neighborhood livability. This year we anticipate over 6,000 participants and will be working with over 200 volunteers, making for two fantastic summer events! Save the dates, and get excited! We hope to see you there! This is funded through a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and donations from private businesses and individuals like you. DONATE HERE!

Emily was born and raised here in Eugene, and grew up on the back of a bike. She is a student at the University of Oregon studying theology with an interest in community organizing around issues of social justice.

Emily Farthing, Eugene Sunday Streets Coordinator – sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us

SmartTrips: Eugene
Taking public transit, walking, and biking to get to your next destination are great ways for residents to decrease their CO2 emissions, increase their daily physical activity and connect with their community in a new ways. Many people have a variety of barriers that can prevent them from using active transportation in their daily lives. SmartTrips: Eugene would like to help South Central residents overcome these barriers and promote the benefits of active transportation. SmartTrips: South Central will be kicking off in June of 2015 targeting residents in Friendly Neighborhood and Southeast neighborhood (residents north of 46th Ave). This will be a great opportunity for these residents to learn more of their neighborhood’s resources and infrastructure that help support these modes. Each household will be mailed an order form which will outline all the informational materials, prizes and helpful tools that we will be offering free! After order is placed a SmartTrips staff will be delivering these kits by bicycle. Along with the SmartTrip Kits, we will also be hosting a variety of events in the neighborhoods to help engage and support walking, biking and transit modes. SmartTrips events allow for residents to come together and try a new mode or strengthen this lifestyle behavior with their neighbors. This is funded through State Transportation Planning – Urban money, from Oregon Department of Transportation, passed through our Regional Metropolitan Planning Committee.

Jessica is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at Oregon State University and is hoping to use her current knowledge in environmental health and health promotion within SmartTrips Eugene program.

Jessica Kessinger, SmartTrips: Eugene Coordinator, Jessica.a.kessinger@ci.eugene.or.us

Large Employer Transportation Options Pilot Program
One of our transportation options interns, Alexis Biddle, is developing a program for large employers to encourage transportation options in Eugene. Because the City has so many locations where its employees are located, Alexis has been tracking each facility’s features that relate to how employees travel to work. He has also been making a survey that will measure how City employees currently get to work and what they would like to see changed. Once the survey results are compiled and the inventory is complete, Alexis will implement an individualized marketing campaign that encourages employees to adopt transportation modes that are healthy and reduce carbon emissions. The information derived from Alexis’ work will also help the city shape policies that encourage biking, walking, transit, and car share for commute and work trips. This program is a step towards achieving the city’s carbon reduction goals and wellness objectives. Once this pilot program is comp lete, the template will be available for other large employers in our region to use within their own organizations. This is funded through at grant from Oregon Department of Transportation.
Alexis is pursuing graduate degrees in law and planning at the University of Oregon and wants to work in the development of Multimodal transportation policy.

Alexis Biddle, Transportation Options Intern, alexis.j.biddle@ci.eugene.or.us

Regional Crosswalk Safety & Education Campaign
The Crosswalk Safety Campaign will educate Eugene residents on the laws and responsibilities surrounding marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections, particularly for people driving. The goal is to create a culture shift of our community’s knowledge and behavior at crosswalks in order to prevent crashes and injuries and to save lives. It is so important for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to be safe and feel comfortable walking around in our city without fear of getting hurt or killed. For those of us that are driving, it’s important to be aware of and respect people walking for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. Do you know the laws if you are walking or driving across a crosswalk? Every corner is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, and you have to stop for people walking. People that walk and bike are more vulnerable; slow down and save a life! Keep an eye out this summer for our ads on radio, TV, buses and more. This is funded through a grant from the Oregon Health Authority.

Claudia is a graduate student at the University of Oregon in the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability program. She moved to Oregon from Albuquerque, NM where she worked on her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning & Design, she’s originally from Sweden.

Claudia Denton, Pedestrian Safety Campaign Intern, Claudia.m.denton@ci.eugene.or.us

Eugene One Pedal Stroke Closer to Bikeshare

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Bike Share may be coming to Eugene. Last year there was a lot of movement and discussion of bringing bike share to Eugene. A bike share feasibility study was completed, the University of Oregon moved forward with a four station, forty bike project, and at the same time the City of Eugene applied for funding from ConnectOregon for it’s portion of a bike share system. However, also in 2014 the University project has been stalled with some red tape and the City didn’t receive the ConnectOregon funds. However, it looks like 2015 might be the year that bike share makes a big move forward in Eugene. The ConnectOregon funds might just happen and with them a renewed push from the newly hired University of Oregon Bike Program Director could bring a complete system to Eugene sooner rather than later. Here’s how it might happen: Continue reading “Eugene One Pedal Stroke Closer to Bikeshare”

South Willamette One Step Closer To a Complete Street

This post deserves more time, photos, and editing but that just isn’t going to happen so I’m going to choose a less refined product for one that will at least get done. So here’s the latest:

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The South Willamette Street Improvement Plan has passed another milestone and it appears to be on the right track. The official consultant recommendation is for “Alternative Three”; the five lane option with two bike lanes, two motor vehicle lanes, and a center turn lane. At a meeting on Wednesday the consultants from DKS Associates and Cogito, along with city staff, presented the executive summary of the consultants report. They wanted to gather one last round of comments and to get feedback before the final report and plan was complete.

Alternative Three- Wouldn't that be nice
Alternative Three- Wouldn’t that be nice

There were two stakeholder meetings held; one in the morning with more of the business owners and one in the afternoon that included a mix but with more bicycle and pedestrian advocates and general community members present. The presentations were pretty quick, giving an overview of the process and then a review of the findings, including more information on case studies than had been presented in the past. There was also a new set of Bluetooth data that wasn’t presented at any previous community forum. It showed that 63% of traffic (between 24th & 32nd) was a local trip (starts, ends, or stops on Willamette St., or uses local street for access) while 37% were through trips with 13% between 24th and 32nd and 24% via 29th.

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More local trips that some expected.

After looking at all the previous case studies, analyzing all the data, and holding a major public involvement process (with focus groups, stakeholder meetings, 3 community forums, technical advisory committee meetings, and many staff and consultant meetings) 6 design alternatives were narrowed down to 3 and now 1 has been chosen as the BEST design for South Willamette street. That design would include 5 lanes; a bike lane in each direction, a motor vehicle lane in each direction, and a center turn lane. They call it the “3 lane with bike lanes” which really is 5 lanes but when they say “lane” they mean motor vehicle lane. Got it? That’s how you get the current car-centric thinking that “four lanes are better than three”. But to many the concern really is all about moving cars. Never mind the elderly, kids, disabled, or un-interested who choose or are forced not to drive. Never mind that it’s been shown time and again that it’s people that make a vibrant shopping district, not how many cars go through it. Never mind that multi-modal streets provide safety, equity, and prosperity to a neighborhood. Clearly a street with better sidewalks, bike lanes, and a safer lane configuration is better for our community. It’s good to know the professionals think so too.

After discussing the advantages that all the research shows for these type of “right sizing” street projects: safety improvements (S. Willamette currently has an 80% higher collision rate from the statewide average), the speed reductions, and equal traffic volume and capacity (a newer design could handle the numbers that are on Willamette now and into the future) the one question that still remained for people at these stakeholder meetings was “what is the business impact.” The unfortunate part is that the consultants and city staff choose to ignore the research (1) (2) (3) (etc) that is out there that shows that roads that are reconfigured to be more multi-modal have either an increase in business sales or no effect. The concern they stated was that the source material was from organizations that were pro-right sizing streets. It’s true that there could be more hard data on the topic but the real problem is that all the data that is out there shows that businesses are NOT hurt by these kind of changes and often are helped by such a change. Many businesses just refuse to believe this and say “well that may have been true for X,Y, or Z community but our street is different.” Except that’s what all of those other community businesses said before their streets were changed. Yet no one has been able to find studies that show that these kind of complete street improvements decrease business…because they simply don’t. Maybe there will be one or two outliers in a community that did the design work wrong or the study parameters were off but there are dozens of places where it has worked amazingly well for businesses AND they have improved safety, health, equity and livability. Go back and ask those businesses now what they think and most say they can’t imagine going back to the old design.

Alternative Three- What's not to like when you know the facts?!
Alternative Three- What’s not to like when you know the facts?!

It’s great that the extensive work the City and consultants did on this project came to the conclusion that a street that works for all is the best choice. Now the hard political battle begins to fight off the nay-sayers who don’t see that our transportation system needs improving and that we are not in the 1950 era of simply moving cars through our community anymore. We are at a time where we need to provide real choices for everyone in how they move about in their daily lives. Alternative three obviously meets the goals laid out from the beginning of the study to “help Willamette Street become a vibrant urban corridor accessible by bicycle, foot, car, and bus” and to “support the area’s businesses, encourage the district’s vitality,” and create a “balanced multi-modal transportation system.”

In the next two months staff will present the consultant report to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council along with an official staff recommendation which Chris Henry, the project director, said will most likely mimic the consultant recommendation. The final recommendation will be presented to council by the city manager on November 25th. Once presented to council they will gather more input and will hold a public hearing on January 21st and then most likely vote on something in February or March.

So now we throw it out into the Eugene political wind and see what craziness comes out. There is already a report that Capella, the small local market on Willamette, has a “Four Lanes Are Safer” sign up. Clearly more education needs to be done. So now it’s time to celebrate a little but still keep in mind the work ahead to make Willamette Street a place for everyone!

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Volunteer to Help the Next Generation of Bikers


Thanks to over a dozen staff and volunteers our three bike fleets are maintained and rolling in our schools, now we need volunteers for our rides! The Bike Safety Education season is rolling and SRTS and the City of Eugene need volunteers to join our community bike rides!  We are reaching more students at more schools than ever.  We have three different sessions in the fall and spring with two to three schools each session.

To teach the hundreds of kids we do every season it takes dozens of volunteers helping us as we take up to 40+ kids out on our community streets each session. The rides are usually on Thursdays and Fridays and happen at various times. See the VolunteerSpot Calendar to see the dates and times and to sign up! These rides are a lot of fun for the kids and the volunteers and are a key component to our ten hour bike drivers-ed style course. Thanks for helping!

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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”

Blackberry bRamble; A Weekend of Bike Fun!

The annual Blackberry bRamble & Bike Celebration is just a few days away and it’s filled with a whole weekend of fun bike-centered activities. Here’s the basic run down of the weekend. Be sure and register now for the rides, the price goes up on Friday!

The Blackberry bRamble has long been known for its scenic route, extraordinary food at rest stops, reliable support and free blackberry pie and ice cream at the finish. Whether you’re a road cyclist in top form, a weekend recreational rider, or a parent pulling two kids in a trailer, Eugene’s Blackberry bRamble is a great ride! Plus, all proceeds from this event support Safe Routes to School and bicycle education in the greater Eugene area. But there is much more the bRamble than the rides; from special industry tours, a fundraising dinner for adaptive recreation, a speaker, pedal powered movie in the park, breakfast, and a post-ride celebration there is a lot fun to be had the whole weekend!

Friday, August 2nd Events

Blackberry bRamble Weekend Tour of Eugene Bicycle Industries

  • 9 to 12pm, Rolf Prima,  150 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd. Ste 101
  • 12 to 2pm, Bike Friday, 3364 W 11th Ave  Eugene, OR 97402
  • 2 to 4pm, Co-Motion, 4765 Pacific Ave  Eugene, OR 97402

Saturday, August 3rd Events

  • 6-8:30 Spaghetti dinner in Hilyard Community Center (beer garden on the patio).
  • 7:30 – 9:00 GEARs meeting and guest speaker at Hilyard Community Center.
  • 9:00ish – 11:00ish Movie in the park at the festival area behind Amazon Pool  (Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure).

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Meet other riders at the community dinner, where you can enjoy all you can eat (not to be confused with all you should eat) pasta, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. The Beer and Wine Garden will be open for purchases for those wanting a little pre-ride pick me up. Tickets can be purchased now, or on site on the evening of the dinner. All proceeds from the community dinner go to support Eugene’s Adaptive Cycling Program.

In the Hilyard Community Center, Ellee Thalheimer, author of Bicycle Sojourners, will share with you the joys of touring and her experiences touring in Oregon. The evening will end with a Movie in the Park presentation of PeeWee’s Big Adventure, a classic cycling movie.

Xalapa 084Ellee Thalheimer is an accomplished freelance travel writer and cycle tourist who believes that there are few better ways to travel and discover than by bike. Co-founder of the non-profit business alliance thePortland Society, owner of Into Action Publications, zealous Oregonian, author of Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy and drinker of yerba mate, Ellee rarely turns down an adventure. Her most recent projects include authoring and publishing Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon and co-authoring and publishing Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike. When away from Portlandia, she misses the bejeezus out of her husband Joe and her puppy dog Winston.

Sunday, August 4th- The Big Day!

Pre-Ride Breakfast

Fuel up before the ride. A continental breakfast with prices ranging from $1.00 to $5.00 will be available at the Hilyard Community Center. If you are not ready for a full breakfast, enjoy a free cup of coffee (6:30 – 9:00 am).

The Rides:

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The Blackberry bRamble is a premier ride in the Northwest. Each year more cyclists enjoy a beautiful ride with lots of good food.  You climb slowly out of the Willamette Valley with a scenic view of Eugene below and then pass into the farms and vineyards of the Lorane Valley. The ride has four distance options – a full century, a metric century, a 40-mile or a 10/20 mile community ride. Rest stops with food, water, mechanics on site, SAG wagon support on the three longer routes and the community ride has one rest stop with snacks. All riders enjoy a special blackberry pie & ice cream treat at the end of the ride! Continue reading “Blackberry bRamble; A Weekend of Bike Fun!”

LiveMove’s 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor Concept Plan Released

via Joe McAndrew, LiveMove President. LiveMove will be presenting the plan at the Thursday, June 13th Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting (in the Atrium 5:30-7:30pm)

LiveMove – the multidisciplinary UO transportation and livability student group – has concluded its year-long work on the 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor Concept Plan.

More than 50 community members, including the City of Eugene traffic engineers and transportation planners, campus administrators, corridor business representatives, area professionals, and students attended ByDesign’s May 28th open house to unveil the draft concept plan. The overwhelming response from the open house was that the current roadway is used in an unsafe manner and something should be done to address this issue.

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LiveMove stands behind our work, and is confident that our preferred design alternative would improve safety, accessibility, and economic vitality for this important and transforming corridor. The group looks forward to further community discussion and hopeful action to proactively address the issues raised about this this important corridor: the 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor.

You can find the full 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor Concept Plan here.

LiveMove ByDesign

Over the past few years, the West University neighborhood, downtown Eugene, and the UO have changed significantly. With more students enrolling at the UO, the demand for housing near campus exploded and the trend continues. The 13thand Olive Apartments and a new development on Patterson Street and 13th Avenue are two of the latest housing developments to break ground on 13th Avenue, bringing more than 1,200 additional residents to the corridor. In addition, downtown Eugene is experiencing a renaissance, with several new dining and entertainment options opening in the past year with more still to open. This increase in student housing density, coupled with the anchors of a resurgent downtown Eugene and a growing UO campus, places an increasingly large burden on 13th Avenue. Continue reading “LiveMove’s 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor Concept Plan Released”

South Willamette Street Plan- Bike Lanes?!

Tomorrow the City of Eugene will be hosting the third community forum on the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan.  It’s very important that those who want a multi-modal street attend the meeting and give their input on making a street that works for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists. Here’s the basic information and then some information from the “Bike Willamette” campaign:

Community Forum #3: Rank & Refine the Alternatives

WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 – 5:45 or 7:00-8:45
We are holding two meetings to accommodate the high interest in this project. Please come to the earlier time if you can, as many can only come to the later.

WHERE: South Eugene High School Cafeteria (back of school), 400 East 19th Avenue

Come hear study results for the three alternatives:

* Conceptual layouts
* Cost estimates
* Projected travel times
* Function for cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and buses.

If you plan to attend and have not yet sent us an email, please RSVP now to help us prepare. Send an email with your name and which time you prefer (4 pm or 7 pm) to: chris.c.henry@ci.eugene.or.us

Can’t make the meeting? Visit the project website between June 12 -18th to take a survey.

Option 3-Bike Lanes!

What will happen at the meeting and why is it important to attend?
Continue reading “South Willamette Street Plan- Bike Lanes?!”

City to Study Student Redesign of 13th Avenue

Update: LiveMove says they will wrap up this final concept plan and redesign over the coming weeks. Once it is complete they will give an update here on WeBikeEugene and to city staff and elected officials.  In the meantime you can visit livemove.org/13th for more information about what was presented this week. If you are interested in helping advance the 13th Ave. Renaissance plan that LiveMove believes will improve safety, increase accessibility and invigorate this important corridor’s economy you can reach out to LiveMoveUO@gmail.com

Via Matt Cooper (UO Office of Strategic Communications) at AroundtheO.edu

Amos (right), with Chris Henry, Eugene transportation planning engineer
Amos (right), with Chris Henry, Eugene transportation planning engineer

Eugene will study a redesign of 13thAvenue by University of Oregon students when it considers changes for the roadway in the months ahead, a city official said recently.

The news capped an open house on the redesign held May 28 by LiveMove, an interdisciplinary student group that spent the academic year rethinking the corridor for safety and access.

Under the LiveMove ByDesign project, students studied 13th Avenue between downtown and campus, seeking to improve safety and access for bicyclists, motorists and others. They tracked transportation and parking behaviors and incorporated case studies from across the globe to reconsider traffic flow, lane spacing, parking and other concerns.

“A major demographic shift is taking place whereby fewer vehicle miles are being driven, rates of drivers’ licenses are going down and the next generation increasingly prefers places where many daily trips can be made by foot, bike or bus,” said Joe McAndrew, LiveMove president. “We still value automobile access, but we also want the same level of safety, directness and comfort for people on bike and foot. 13th is a major connector between campus and downtown and our effort is to create a signature corridor to spur additional economic development, create safe and direct two-way bicycle access and to catalyze a renaissance that can help meet many community and university goals.”

With the Capstone housing project at 13th and Olive Street promising to draw 1,200 university students this fall, the corridor will see a rush of additional people making their way eastbound to campus by bus, bike, foot or car. The avenue is Continue reading “City to Study Student Redesign of 13th Avenue”

Cycling for Veterans

In Honor of Memorial Day:
Cycling for Veterans rides every Tuesday at 5:30 pm from Maurie Jacobs Park (through Sept. 10th this year). They ride anywhere from 6 miles to 15 miles on the bike paths around the river. The Cycling for Veterans group is open to any veteran, disabled or otherwise and is open to all skill levels.  Disabled veterans can  contact the City of Eugene’s Adaptive Cycles for help to get fitted to an adaptive bike and/or to rent an adaptive bike. For more info contact patty.l.prather@ci.eugene.or.us Or call 541.682.6365.

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