A Vicarious Participation in The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Open House

Partcipants write ideas for improvements on city maps
Two participants discuss the merits of having everyone wear matching Eugene Pedicab hats.

If you missed last Friday’s Ped and Bike Master Plan open house, you really missed out on a lot of fun.  Estimates put the attendance around 70 participants, which helped create a party-like atmosphere full of innovative discussions about fancy new ideas and treatments.

You can still participate in the process on the website, by attending the project advisory committee meeting Oct 25th, by attending the next open house in March, and by coming to the Transportation Remix panel discussion this Friday (There will be beer!)

While all these are great options, they don’t quite give you the experience of attending the event.  This is sad, because it was fun and informative, and full of ideas aimed at increasing cyclist ease and ridership numbers (despite what some negative bloggers who didn’t attend the event would have you believe).

In order to give you a full understanding of the night I will now pass the narrative over to the wonderful George Nellis, a newspaper man who rode his 52 inch “Ordinary” bicycle from New York to San Fransisco in 72 days back in 1887, shattering the previous record by two weeks.  I figure if we are going to live vicariously through anyone, George is a pretty good choice.  Other than being a way bigger bad-ass than me, George’s experience – albeit fictional – was that of going to the open house completely unexposed to much of the innovative infrastructure being proposed – which presents a much more common experience than my policy-wonk steeped experience.  (Kendra says that this entire idea is rather contrived, which is true, but I’ve decided I don’t care.)

Take the jump to start the adventure (and view a PDF of the materials in case you missed it).

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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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