City to Study Student Redesign of 13th Avenue

Update: LiveMove says they will wrap up this final concept plan and redesign over the coming weeks. Once it is complete they will give an update here on WeBikeEugene and to city staff and elected officials.  In the meantime you can visit livemove.org/13th for more information about what was presented this week. If you are interested in helping advance the 13th Ave. Renaissance plan that LiveMove believes will improve safety, increase accessibility and invigorate this important corridor’s economy you can reach out to LiveMoveUO@gmail.com

Via Matt Cooper (UO Office of Strategic Communications) at AroundtheO.edu

Amos (right), with Chris Henry, Eugene transportation planning engineer
Amos (right), with Chris Henry, Eugene transportation planning engineer

Eugene will study a redesign of 13thAvenue by University of Oregon students when it considers changes for the roadway in the months ahead, a city official said recently.

The news capped an open house on the redesign held May 28 by LiveMove, an interdisciplinary student group that spent the academic year rethinking the corridor for safety and access.

Under the LiveMove ByDesign project, students studied 13th Avenue between downtown and campus, seeking to improve safety and access for bicyclists, motorists and others. They tracked transportation and parking behaviors and incorporated case studies from across the globe to reconsider traffic flow, lane spacing, parking and other concerns.

“A major demographic shift is taking place whereby fewer vehicle miles are being driven, rates of drivers’ licenses are going down and the next generation increasingly prefers places where many daily trips can be made by foot, bike or bus,” said Joe McAndrew, LiveMove president. “We still value automobile access, but we also want the same level of safety, directness and comfort for people on bike and foot. 13th is a major connector between campus and downtown and our effort is to create a signature corridor to spur additional economic development, create safe and direct two-way bicycle access and to catalyze a renaissance that can help meet many community and university goals.”

With the Capstone housing project at 13th and Olive Street promising to draw 1,200 university students this fall, the corridor will see a rush of additional people making their way eastbound to campus by bus, bike, foot or car. The avenue is Continue reading “City to Study Student Redesign of 13th Avenue”