David Minor Bikeway Meeting Tuesday

 

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.

 

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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!

 

New Cycle Pub to Ride the Streets of Eugene!

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It’s been more than a year of red tape, planning, and preparation but a Eugene cycle pub is finally going to be rolling down the streets starting this week! Bend and Portland have had similar operations up and running for a couple of years and now, starting August 1st, Eugene will start to see the Pacific Pub Cycle  rolling the streets of Eugene doing brewery tours of Whiteaker area brew pubs.

 

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It started with a group of friends who fell in love with the idea after seeing it in Bend. They had their own 14 passenger pub cycle built there and brought it over to our side of the mountains (they also operate it in Corvallis).  They are partnering with the 5th Street Market to bring groups of friends celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or Eugene’s glorious Summer weather on pub crawls from the Market down to the various breweries in the Whitaker to sample local microbrews.

It will be great to see this human-powered pub rolling through town; a great combo of bikes, beer, community, and 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”

Downtown Bike Parking and December InMotion

An Innovative Solution (Photo: EugeneBicyclist.com)

Today I have a repost from the GEARs website and the wonderful December InMotion from the City of Eugene.  In related news, gradschool is finally on break, which means I can tackle my huge backlog of stories.  Stay tuned!  December will be a good month for WBE, and will feature more than just reposts.  Also, in case you missed the Twitter post, WBE will be changing servers this December.  I hope the server change will address our slowness issues.

Before I repost the GEARs article about downtown bike parking, here is a quick recap of what has happened so far:  Back in August I raised the issue that free downtown bike parking would lead to the lost of 165 downtown bike parking spots when 255 meter heads were removed (often two meter heads are on one pole.)  I had already raised the issue on the GEARs mailing list back in February after reading this article in Momentum Magazine, but it didn’t garner much attention at the time.  However, after my August post the GEARs advocacy sprang into high-gear and began talking with city officials, like Parking Services Manager Jeff Petry (who happens to also be a bike commuter), about replacing some of the meter heads with “bike hoops.”  We don’t have those yet, but to solve some of the immediate need Petry seems to have thought “outside the box” and attached many of the new “free parking” signs to the old meter posts to preserve some of the bike parking.

Take the jump to read the GEARs article about what is to come, and to read the December InMotion!
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