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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Transportation Enhancement Projects-Part 2: Willamalane

Last week I wrote about the City of Eugene’s Transportation Enhancement projects “Westmoreland Park Path & Lighting” and “Jessen Path & Lighting.”  Another local project that deserves attention and input is Willamalane Park & Recreation District’s $1.6 million “Middle Fork Willamette River Path Phase 2” project.

Currently Willamalane is finishing up phase 1 of this project, which is a 2.4 mile paved path from Clearwater Park to Quarry Creek.  The path is complete and finishing touches of landscaping, fencing, kiosk construction and other amenity additions should be done soon for an estimated opening in April.   The bridge over Quarry Creek is also complete, though the path ends there. The turn-around area at the creek will have a kiosk, picnic tables, and restrooms.

Here is a great overview map of the area with the different phases of the projects marked in red (click to zoom):

More information on Phase 2 and a link to the ODOT survey after the jump.

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