Eugene Area Advocacy Primer Part 1: point2point Solutions

Those of us living and riding in the Eugene/Springfield area have a wonderful problem on our hands.  There are so many advocacy organizations in our area working to improve our lives that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all.  It can be difficult to see how these organizations fit and work together, and which is responsible for what.   Well, lucky for you gentlefolks WeBikeEugene has come to the rescue!  Last spring we circulated a questionnaire to as many of the local advocacy groups we could, and most of them answered back.  From this we have created the Eugene Area Advocacy Primer.

The primer is a multi-part series which will run more-or-less weekly throughout the rest of summer, and cover organizations such as GEARs, The BikeLane Coalition, The UO Bike Program, Safe Routes to School, The BTA, and point2point Solutions!  If you’d like an organization covered that is not listed here, let us know!

I’ve chosen point2point Solutions to kick off this series.   point2point Solutions is the organization behind the “Drive Less, Save More” campaign last April and the Business Commute Challenge last May.  They are also responsible for the incredibly useful website which updates commuters on construction that may affect them.

Take the jump to learn about point2point Solutions, how they work, what areas they cover, and what else they do. (They do a lot!)

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May InMotion + InTheNews: Coconut Bliss Foodcart and “Drive Less, Save More”

The City of Eugene’s May InMotion newsletter is out, and covers some great things.  Two things that stand out for me are their May Facebook photo contest – which has already yielded some great shots – and the coming of bike corrals to Eugene.

Quoted from InMotion:

Bike Parking in Eugene – Bike Corrals Coming Soon
How can we improve the pedestrian environment, increase parking capacity in front of local businesses and improve visibility – all at a relatively low cost? One way to accomplish these often competing goals is to install a new type of bike parking facility called a bike corral. These on-street bike parking facilities help improve the pedestrian environment by opening up space that may have been used previously for bike racks installed in the sidewalk. And, they increase parking capacity by fitting up to 14 bikes in the space that was occupied by a single automobile. For some businesses, that’s a huge increase in customer parking!

The City of Eugene’s Transportation Planning Team is currently working with partners from City Parking Services, Permitting and Traffic Operations to develop a program to manage the installation and maintenance of bike corrals in Eugene. Modeled after other successful examples, Eugene’s bike corral program will rely on a collaborative partnership between interested private businesses and the City of Eugene. Businesses interested in adding additional bike parking should contact Associate Transportation Planner, David Roth at (541) 682-5727 for more information.

Take the jump to read and download the full InMotion newsletter, which includes information about the 2010 Bike/Ped counts, the Business Commute Challenge, Walk + Bike month, recycling bike tubes and tires, and much more!  Also following the jump: In The News: Coconut Bliss goes bike powered, and the “Drive Less, Save More” Campaign.

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