It takes many little things for a city to become and remain “bicycle friendly.” Our cycling infrastructure is more than just bridges and cycletracks, and while those things are important, they aren’t everything. If all we ever focus on is the big stuff, one might get the idea that not a lot is going on– but that’s hardly the truth. There are tons of little things being done to make cycling better in Eugene and Springfield all the time. These little things that may not change the whole city, but to the select people that ride in those areas, they may be ten times more important than a huge project across town.
Welcome to our new randomly repeating feature: The ‘Little Things’ Roundup!
The City of Eugene is planning on installing three bike corrals in the downtown area. They’ll be at KIVA (125 W 11th), Cornucopia (5th and Pearl), and Morning Glory Cafe (450 Willamette St). The source of funding for the racks varies: Morning Glory is helping to pay for theirs with help from the grower’s market, and the city parking fund is paying for the installation and most of the other racks. The project is currently in queue behind a mass parking meter installation project at the University of Oregon, and should begin sometime in October. Isaac Marquez, the City’s Public Art staffer, is helping the city plan for a public art component for future racks. Lee Imonen, of the Delta Ponds Bridge Sculpture fame, is also interested in helping with the art component.
Want more info on Bike Corrals? Check out the City of Portland’s Bike Corral page and business order forms. (Portland has 61 bike corrals as of this posting.)
Take the jump for more, including new RFB beacons, wayfinding signs, and Springfield!