The City of Eugene Public Works Transportation Planning staff held their third public meeting on the “Campus to Downtown Bike Connection” project (also known as the David Minor Bikeway) last night and have officially recommended a two-way cycle track from Alder to Olive. Though much design work remains to be done and funding secured this is the first step in creating a safe, convenient, and comfortable active transportation connection from the two of the cities highest bicycle trip generator nodes.
As part of the project they laid out some short, medium, and long term recommendations. Those include wayfinding for the short term, bike boulevard improvements on 12th (with sharrows and signage) and improving the multi-use path between Oak and Willamette for the medium term, and the two-way cycle track for the medium to long term. No specific timeline was given beyond “this summer” for the short time wayfinding improvements.
Specific designs were also not part of the presentation with only a brief explanation of what the cycle track might look like throughout the corridor, where parking would be moved or reduced, where bike specific signals and signal timing might be implemented and where travel lane consolidation might occur. It was stated that it would not be painted green throughout the length of the project as depicted in the original LiveMove design recommendation but used only at specific “conflict zones”. The city would also place parking bays at specific locations to replace some lost on-street parking and the highest cost improvement would be the placement of signals for westbound cyclists and upgrading the current signals. Whether there would be physical separation with a curb or planters or simply a painted buffer will apparently be decided in the next design phase as well. Continue reading “City To Move Forward With 13th Avenue Cycle Track”
The next public meeting regarding the David Minor Bikeway proposal, connecting the UO campus and downtown on 13th with a 2-way separated bikeway, is on June 24th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Eugene Library Bascom-Tykeson Room. Previous meetings have been held and there has been overwhelming support for the project so far. Though a couple businesses have raised concerns about the possible loss of parking other businesses and many community members have expressed an interest in seeing improvements for the corridor. Creating a two-way bike facility will help the wrong-way sidewalk riding that is occurring, providing not only a direct, safe, and comfortable bike connection to and from campus and downtown but also a more pleasant pedestrian environment for those walking the corridor.
Even if you have attended previous meetings it will be important to attend this one as well since staff will be presenting information on engineering and signal timing analysis as well as collect feedback on potential design options. City staff still needs to hear from people that this is an important connection to the community and without the students in town to represent that others need to show their support for the potential first real cycle track project in Eugene. If this project goes in and is designed well it could be the first step in connecting up our whole bike network with a core of more comfortable bikeways for all.
Let city staff know that you want to see a safe and physically protected bikeway here to create a corridor that is better and more predictable for ALL road users. One key piece of the design will be to make the bike and pedestrian movement a priority and not allow the many north-south corridors for cars interrupt the flow for active transportation users.
With the Capstone project being completed this summer and our downtown in the midst of a major revitalization it’s essential that this facility happen sooner rather than later. Ask the city to place this project on the front burner for completion in 2015! Once the city prioritizes the project and moves forward with planning it then the funding search (public and private dollars) can begin in earnest.
There is a new web site that has many answers to frequently asked questions about the David Minor Bikeway: http://davidminorbikeway.com. Have a look and we’ll see you on Tuesday, June 24th!
Alder Street in Eugene is a bicycle backbone connecting a good portion of south Eugene, the University of Oregon, the extensive river path system, and downtown commercial areas.
The corridor is very busy with bicycles at all times of days and night. It truly is a signature corridor that should inspire more like it around the community. It is about to be repaved from 19th -24th. But, it is still incomplete (!) and I have three suggestions to complete the Alder Signature Bikeway, including two moderate decisions, one easy decision, and one category of tweaks. This post will focus on a moderate re-design of the intersection of Alder and 19th to make it more consistent with the Alder Signature Bikeway.
Quick peak: this proposal reverses the stop signs to allow throughput of bicycles on Alder and eliminates the southbound automobile left turn from Alder onto 19th.
*Updated– I’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.
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.