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”

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I used to re-post these here.  Now you can just subscribe!

“InMotion is a monthly e-newsletter produced to help communicate with Eugene’s biking and walking enthusiasts. Each month you will find information about upcoming local events and advocacy opportunities that pertain to all forms of active transportation.”

via Eugene, OR Website – Transportation Options.

Films, Movies, and Moving Pictures – and The February InMotion

People e-mail me a lot about upcoming events, so for this post I’m going to pretty much just re-post their e-mails because I have too much homework to do anything more than that.  If you can’t tell by the title of this post, the two events I’m sharing today involve bike related videos.   Of course this post will also include the City of Eugene’s wonderful InMotion newsletter, a great community resource that you can scroll through in embedded form after the jump.

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Take the jump to learn about the two great events!

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January InMotion and BikeLane Coalition Update #24

As usual, the City of Eugene InMotion Newsletter is full of information this month, including links to a very important public comment process.  I quote: (emphasis mine)

Public Comment sought for Proposed Eugene Off-Street Path Projects

The federally-funded Transportation Enhancement program has historically funded many off-street path projects in Eugene.  In the current round of funding, the Oregon Department of Transportation is considering two projects in Eugene out of about 85 applications in total. The public comment period for the Transportation Enhancement (TE) project selection process is now open and will continue through Jan. 28, 2011.  The TE program is very competitive, so it is important to weigh in on these projects if you have any comments. Comments will be accepted through an internet survey that is accessible via the ODOT Local Government Section website or directly at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TE_Public_Comments_Survey_2010.  The ODOT Local Government Section web site also has links to the list of projects under consideration, and to copies of the TE applications.

The above mentioned projects are different from the ones recently covered on WBE. Needless to say, positive public input will really help Eugene receive the funding.  Read the embedded InMotion for more information.

After the jump I have also embedded the BikeLane Coalition Update, partially headlined: “Bike parking in Eugene Brings Debate; Media Ties “Bike Bridge” to Theft; Bike Tip: Lubricants.”

Both preview last week’s presentation by Mia Burke, which will betray to the reader the slightly dated aspect of this re-post.  Sorry, last week was a busy week for us! (WBE is run by clowns, remember?)

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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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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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Ped/Bike Master Plan Open House and October InMotion

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There is a lot happening this October in the Eugene bike planning world, most notably the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Open House on October 14th and the Transportation Remix on October 22nd.

I’ll post about how awesome the Transportation Remix will be a little closer to the date, but for now I’d like to focus on the importance of the Ped/Bike Master Plan Open House.   This project will provide a long-term guide for how cycling infrastructure is implemented in Eugene, and this open house will be a great way for you to give valuable input.  If you can’t make the open house, don’t panic; the Ped/Bike Plan website has other ways for you to contribute.

When: Thursday, October 14th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Where: Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Lane

Also included in this post (after the jump) is the City of Eugene’s October InMotion Newsletter.  It’s full of great information, including the above events, an opportunity to win an iPad, several public input opportunities for LTD projects and Envision Eugene, construction updates, and a whole bunch of other fun events.

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Whiteaker Active Transportation Corridor Open House and Sept. InMotion Repost

There is exciting work afoot in the Whiteaker neighborhood.  On Wednesday, residents and other people who ride through the area will have an opportunity to give the City of Eugene input on how to make the streets more friendly towards active transport.  Below is the postcard that has been sent out to residents, combined with a map that I added to show the mentioned streets:

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This meeting, as well as many other things such as the Delta Highway Ped and Bike Bridge Dedication, Adaptive Recreation Services bike riding, construction updates, a pirate-themed Kidical Mass,  and a great list of upcoming events are all featured in this month’s InMotion Newsletter.  Lovingly put out by the City of Eugene, this wonderful newsletter should not be missed, and I urge you to the jump to where I have it reposted in full and give it a read.

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Online Bike Lane Problem Reporting, Bike Blog Roundup, and August InMotion

Good day, wonderful people.  As you may have noticed by our plethora of recent articles (sort of), our summer slowdown has mostly ended.  Yay!

I wanted to give a quick shoutout to the other area bike blogs that helped pickup WBE’s slack over the summer, and which continue to be a joy to read.  These blogs are different from the GEARs, SRTS, and EugeneWeekly blogs (viewable in RSS form on the right of this page) in that they focus more on culture and less on news.

I’ve mentioned EugeneBicyclist.com before (I think) but I feel like mentioning it again.  The man behind it is a mystery (oooh, spooky!), but I’m pretty sure he isn’t a zombie. If he is a zombie, and he eats you, I’m sorry.  Not that it would be my fault if he DID eat you, but more because I’m sure being eaten is not an enjoyable thing and I would most likely feel empathy for you.

Another newish Eugene cycle blog is Eugene Cycle Chic, a blog featuring pictures of Eugenians in their utter hotness riding their bikes, or something like that.  It’s like a Eugene version of Copenhagen Cycle Chic – the main difference being that Eugene riders sometimes wear helmets and probably don’t speak dutch danish.  I’ve yet to find a picture of me on Eugene Cycle Chic, but I think it’s because I’m too pretty and they don’t want to make other people feel embarrassed.

The City of Eugene’s InMotion continues to make our job easier by condensing tons of information into a wonderful little newsletter.  There is a lot of information in this one (posted in full after the jump), but the following bit of information has me very excited.  It’s something I’ve been asking for for awhile, they promised us in March,  and now they’ve finally delivered!

Online Bike Lane Service Request!

Online hazard reporting directly to the city – available when the city hotline (541-682-4800) is closed!  This can be used to report glass, debris, etc 24/7!  Quoted:

New Online App Offers Easy Way to Report Bike Lane Problems
A new web-based application makes it easy for cyclists to report problems and request maintenance services in Eugene’s bike lanes. The bike lane service application is located at www.eugene‐or.gov/pwm (look for the bike lane service icon). It is one of six online services (the others are report nuisance vegetation, report a pothole, get notified when street is scheduled to be swept, report graffiti, and request leaf delivery) now offered by the Eugene Public Works Department

All of the service request applications use a map-based system. Customers enter a street address to generate a marker “pin” that can be dragged to an exact location. Customers fill in an easy online form that includes a notes field. The final step is to click the “submit” button, which automatically sends the request to the correct work group. For more information about the bike lane service request application, contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at pwmaintenance@ci.eugene.or.us or call 541-682-4800.

Take the jump to view the entire InMotion newsletter.

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PopLollies’ Women’s Crit and July InMotion Repost

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As you may have read in our Twitter update, WeBikeEugene is experiencing a summer slowdown, mainly due to my working more hours during the summer, performing every weekend with The GreyMatter Jugglers and Earth Descendance, practicing several times a week for those shows, and also riding my ass off since the weather it nice.  WBE  Contributor Shane MacRhodes also has his hands full, having recently had twins.  This translates to less WBE stories, but that does not mean that things aren’t happening in Eugene.

One example is the PopLollies Women’s Crit Series (click the picture for a bigger flier) that is happening the last three Wednesdays in July. There will be a free clinic to introduce riders to the sport and then races for all levels.  Yay!

July’s InMotion, a handy newsletter put out by Lindsay Selser with the City of Eugene, is also full of summer events, construction updates, and way more!  It includes a July 17th Kidical Mass ride to an Em’s game, the Blackberry bRamble and Jamboree, and construction on the South Bank Path, Fern Ridge Path, and all over the city.

Take the jump and give it a read! Then go back outside and ride some more.

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