Moonlight Mash; Ride Long & Prosper on Friday

Moonlight Mash Ride Long

Space; the final frontier…These are the voyages of the starship Moonlight Mash. It’s ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and civilizations, to boldly go where no ride has gone before!

Moonlight Mash is a social celebration of people on bicycles, under the light of the full moon. This moon’s theme is the first in a two-part sci-go series. Remember this is a night ride alert riding, a hip vibe, and headlights are required. Taillights, helmets, and boom boxes are all good ways to earn bonus points.

Remember, this is not critical mass, this is not the ’80s; its Eugene in the new millennium! We are not anti-car; we are pro-bike! Act as a proud and responsible ambassador. Stop at red and yellow lights; even stop at green lights if you think you’re going to leave others behind. If you’re the first through a 4-way stop, stop! Wave a car or two through and wait for more riders to gather behind you, and ride through the intersection together as a group. Smile. Do not ride on the sidewalk or cross the middle of a two-way road. Wave! On a one-way road, leave one lane open for motor traffic. Ring your bell. Slow down at the front. Honk your horn. Speed up at the back. Howl at the moon. Signal turns and stops. Shout “Moonlight Mash!” Don’t weave or cut off other riders. Smile.

GEARs Election & General Meeting PLUS Bike Giveaway at the Beer Stein

The GEARs Annual Meeting & Board Elections is tonight (Thursday, November 20) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Washington Cottage (2025 Washington St.)  Up for election are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 Members at Large. GEARs has grown over the years and is involved in many facets of bicycling. If you’re a member come vote, if you’re not come and see if you’d like to get involved with GEARs and meet its new leaders

Before or after the elections you can head over to the Beer Stein and support local public radio and maybe even win a New Belgium cruiser (via KLCC):

Bier Stein Bike Giveaway on Nov. 20 
“Support for KLCC comes from… The Bier Stein and New Belgium Brewing!”

New Belgium cruiser
This year’s New Belgium Cruiser Bike Giveaway will benefit KLCC!  Everyone who buys a New Belgium beer (bottle or draught) at The Bier Stein on Thursday November 20 will be entered in the raffle.  Customers can also buy a raffle ticket for $1, with 100% of the proceeds going to KLCC.

The raffle drawing will be held at 9 pm, and you MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!The Bier Stein is located at 1591 Willamette Street in Eugene.  Thank you Bier Stein & New Belgium Brewing!

 

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!”

Blackberry bRamble Early Registration Specials

2013bRamble1jpgIf you’re thinking of registering and riding the Blackberry bRamble this year (and why wouldn’t you…it is the best biking event of the year AND it supports bike education in Eugene) now is the time to register and take advantage of one of two specials being offered only until JUNE 6:

Special Offer #1
This is a deal you can’t pass-up! Feast on dinner the night before the ride and watch a Pedal Powered Movie in the Park (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure) while supporting the City of Eugen’s Adaptive Recreation program. After dinner, Eilee Thalheimer, author of Bicycle Sojourners will share with you the joys of touring and her experiences touring in Oregon. Then ride the Blackberry bRamble Sunday morning wearing your newly designed event jersey (click HERE to see jersey), all for $99. You save $29, you’ll be supporting the city’s adaptive cycling program, and you’ll have your registration in before we fill up. Click HERE to register.

Special Offer #2
Okay, so you can’t do the ride because you’re volunteering on Sunday, August 4 or you have other commitments. You can still enjoy the Saturday’s dinner and movie plus the event jersey, both for $60. You save $29, you’ll be supporting the city’s adaptive cycling program, and you’ll get your cool bRamble jersey. This is also a good option if you  plan to do the Community Ride (10-20 miles). Click HERE to purchase the Dinner/Jersey combo (then click HERE to register for the Community Ride).

Remember the Blackberry bRamble Bike Celebration is open to all (no admission charge) and is on Sunday after the ride. We will have eclectic music, jugglers, demos, competitions, a skateboard contest food and vendor booths. Relax at the the Ninkasi Beer Garden with wine too.  At 4pm many prizes will be raffled including a bike frame set, a set of wheels, a complete bike, gift cards and more.

Bike Month is Here!

The sun is peeking out a bit more frequently these days and loads of great bike happenings are popping up on the Events Calendar (see the sidebar over there—>). Here are some highlights not to be missed for National Bike Month:

The League of American Bicyclists’ Executive Director, Andy Clarke, is in town tomorrow to commemorate the UO’s Silver Bicycle Friendly University award.

The Bike Music Festival is happening this Saturday!

The Business Commute Challenge is right around the corner, May 14-20. Sign up now and get ready to ride!

A great intro to bike commuting is happening on May 10: If you have any friends or family who are thinking about commuting but are a little uneasy check out the “Bike Commuters Night Out … and how to get around town on your bike.” It’s hosted by GEARs at the Hilyard Community Center (6:30-8:00 pm). There will be a short presentation by a local expert with information about proper gear and clothing, riding skills, technique, cycling laws, street confidence, and bicycle maintenance. Then a diverse panel of six women will share their personal stories and talk about fears and barriers to getting around by bike and how they have overcome them.

There’s a Confident Cycling for Families class on May 21st aimed at families interested in cycling more often with more confidence. Register here.

Finally, the City of Eugene has announced it’s dates for their popular Breakfast at the Bridges events and they are kicking it off at the DeFazio Bridge on National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 20, 7-9)! Commuters traveling on the River Path Friday will be treated with a FREE breakfast of bagels & coffee, FREE bike bells, FREE bike safety checks provided by Arriving by Bike, bike registration by the Eugene Police Department, and bike resources from the City of Eugene and BikeLane Coalition. Commuters can get all this next to EWEB plaza near the DeFazio Bridge.

There are even more events going on but my question is, who is going to organize the Bike From Work ride to a brew-pub?! Do it and let me know about it.

Longtime No-See Wrapup: The Fern Ridge Path Tries to Escape into the River, GEARs Cycling Classes for Stop-Sign Runners, Eugene`s TE Grant Hopes Dashed – Willamalane Still Running, and the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Hey folks! I haven’t posted in awhile, but luckily Shane has kept the site alive.  I have a few weeks before grad school forces me back into hiding, so I’m going to try to cover as much as possible before then.  A lot has been going on!

Photo Stolen Blatantly from EugeneBicyclist.com (click to embiggen)

Firstly, remember how the Fern Ridge Bike Path is falling into the River?  I first posted about it almost exactly a year ago (when I had time to run this site) with an article that explained how incredibly dangerous the area is and why City fixed only the less dangerous part of the Fern Ridge Path the following (last) summer.  Eugene Transportation Planner Dave Roth said that fixing the section between Chambers and Garfield was a much more expensive project because it would require a re-routing of the path: “The path is too close to the stream, so what happens is the stream kind of erodes that side, and every year it’s sinking.  That path is sinking and falling off the edge.”

The good news is that Eugene used a rapid readiness grant last year to do all the background research and planning to fix that area, so it’s now a “shovel ready” project that is just waiting for the money.  This is good, since the path is now literally falling into the river, and the cracks threaten to swallow not only tires but entire joggers.  But wait, there’s more!

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From GEARs: Why do YOU care about bikes?

In case you missed this on the GEARs blog, Price is looking to gather as many of these stories as possible.  Read on: — Seager


Why do YOU care about bikes?

By Price Armstrong

If you are reading this article, bicycling is probably important to you – I know it is to me, which is why I am currently the Chair of the Advocacy Committee.  What we are looking for are stories illustrating how bicycle programs and infrastructure have made a difference in your life.  What we are going to do with those stories is use them as compelling examples to elected officials on why we need their support.

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How Letting Price Armstrong Fix Your Bike Can Save The World

What’s a title without a little hyperbole? Boring, I say!

I interned in the legislature and in Peter DeFazio’s Eugene District Office, not to mention being President of the UO Transportation and Livability group LiveMove and the Vice President of GEARs.  I have a lot of experience as an advocate, and I am hoping that the Eugene-Springfield community of bicyclists will help me put those skills to work.  – Price Armstrong

But this hyperbole is sort of accurate – if your definition of “saving the world” includes sending a well-trained  advocate to The National Bike Summit in Washington DC to represent the advocacy wing of GEARs – He’s a modern-day superhero on a mission to help save Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancement Funding, and to help strengthen GEARs relationships with other advocacy organizations and help take Eugene to the next level (platinum) for biking.

Who am I taking about?  GEARs Advocacy Committee Chair Price Armstrong, of course! Unfortunately, attending this conference is expensive; while Price was awarded free airfare to the conference, he still needs to raise $375 to pay for registration and other expenses.  Luckily Price is also an experienced mechanic, and is raising money by offering bike tune-ups for a suggested donation of $40.  Since we’re half-way through the winter, and I can hear most of the bikes out on the trails before I see them, I’d think many of you might want to take Price up on his offer.  Don’t put this off, Price has less than 5 weeks to raise the money, and many of your beloved rides need help long before that (this is also really cheap!).

Price has written an article for the GEARs blog explaining the GEARs Advocacy committee, which you can read here.  Please take the jump to read in Price’s own words how you can, and why you should,  send him to The National Bike Summit.

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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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Cyclists Take to Other Human Powered Vehicles for River Cleanup

Originally posted on EugeneGEARs.org

Last weekend was the 2nd annual “Great Willamette Clean-Up” and a couple of local cyclists took to some water based human powered crafts to help out in the effort. The River Path is the most important recreation and transportation system in our community, and keeping the river healthy and clean is an important part of it. Here’s a bit of a report back from their work on the “Urban Willamette”:

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