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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