We’re #3! We’re #3! and November InMotion

Yay!  WeBikeEugene was voted the third best blog in the Eugene Weekly’s 2010 Best Of  Eugene feature!  Coming in first place was Culinaria Eugenius, a cooking blog, and second place was the Weekly’s own multi-authored hodgepodge blog. Here’s what they had to say about us:

We won’t say much about our own blog, though thanks for the votes, but we do like (along with our Eugene Cycles) the smart and useful We Bike Eugene, whose editor, Mike Seager, writes a super biking column in Bang! and always has new info for us.

Thanks everyone who voted for us!  Next year I hope that WBE and EugeneBicyclist.com can sweep the one and two spots!

Ironically, this honor comes in the midst of a gradschool induced WBE slowdown – this one likely to last much longer (years) than the slowdown we experienced last summer.  Of course this slowdown in my ability to post does not reflect a lack of topics needing to be covered, and we are once again extending the invitation for readers to become writers and join the site.  You can submit stories and/or inquire about becoming a one time or regular contributor here.  WBE was always intended to be a community site, and this is your chance to write for the #3 blog in Eugene!

Speaking of content: The City of Eugene’s November InMotion is, as usual, filled with titillating information, including this: (emphasis mine)

Delta Ponds Walking and Biking Bridge Update

Good News!  The contractors are optimistic that they will stay on schedule and have the new bridge open the 3rd week in November. Now that’s something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

I’ve embedded the full November InMotion after the jump.

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Editorial: Who Pays for the Roads? Funding Bicycle Infrastructure is a No-Brainer

Note: The following editorial was written for the Sept 29th issue of BANG! This version is slightly longer and annotated.  Elly Blue of Grist and BikePortland published a similar article recently, and I’ve added some of her perspective to mine.  You can read her incredible article here.

A Silly Question

One of the biggest debates that we see in the transportation world is whether we should spend money on car infrastructure or bike and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s a common debate, but it’s also silly.  It’s silly because those two ideas aren’t mutually exclusive – good bike infrastructure benefits cars and vice-versa. It’s also silly because the debate compares apples to oranges, or more aptly: huge friggin’ GMO hydroponic tomatoes to tiny cherry tomatoes.  Car infrastructure is expensive, and bike infrastructure is cheap.  Ridiculously cheap.  Funding bike infrastructure is the best value per dollar for improving all types of transportation in Eugene.  It provides for safe and attractive bike and pedestrian facilities which remove cars from the road and relieve congestion.

If you don’t drive a car, even for some trips, you are subsidizing those who do — by a lot. … To balance the road budget, we need 12 people commuting by bicycle for each person who commutes by car.

Elly Blue @ Grist

Consider this: Portland’s entire 300 miles of bike infrastructure – including bike lanes, paths, and bike boulevards, costs the same as one mile of urban highway.  That’s 60 million dollars, if you want real dollar amounts.  60 million dollars for one mile!  For the cost of just two miles of urban freeway, Eugene could catch and pass Portland and become the most bike friendly city in the country. This is why any debate around whether or not to fund bike infrastructure is so ridiculous.  Cyclists want only pennies compared to what car infrastructure gets.

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