MTB Eugene Continues to Fight for Cyclist Access to the Ribbon Trail [updated]

Members MTB Eugene before the meeting

Last Monday, 60 members of MTB Eugene returned to the Eugene City Council to continue lobbying for mountain bike access to the newly-built Ribbon Trail.  This was MTB Eugene‘s second time testifying before city council.  This time, they came armed with more reasons why there should be more mountain biking trails in Eugene–including specific rebuttals to Neil Björklund’s letter in which he listed his reasons for closing the trail.

Unfortunately, this particular city council meeting was sort of ridiculous.  The public testimony portion of the meeting ran for over an hour and a half: 42 different people testified on diverse topics like the West 11th EMX route, downtown homelessness, the new “no loitering” paint by the downtown bus station, and the two chicken limit in Eugene.  The testimonies included aggressive poetry, a few hard-to-follow rants, and a live chicken.  I rather enjoyed the entire thing, being a fan of circuses in general, but it was hard for the eight people testifying for MTB Eugene to stand out amongst the craziness.

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