May is Bike Month!

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May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and get back on two wheels and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together.  With so many events happening it’s the perfect time to try out something new too! Usually ride for recreation? Try out commuting! Casual cyclist who only rides for errands? Try a longer recreational ride! Want to get your kids riding more? We’ve got events for you! In this post you can find a rundown of some of the great events happening in Eugene/Springfield throughout Bike Month. Like any bike event in Eugene these can also be found on the Community Bike Calendar (a WeBikeEugene project). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know and we’ll get them up on this list and onto the calendar!

Bike Month Supporters 

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Throughout all of May you can support the Safe Routes to School “Bike Safety Education Program” by both volunteering at one of the community rides held throughout all three school districts AND by buying your lunch at Wrap City in Kesey Square. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS!  May happens to be Walk + Bike to School Challenge month too and while we are challenging our students to walk and bike more we challenge the community to support our efforts by volunteering and buying local! If you’d like to take your own challenge you can participate in the Business Commute Challenge. Form a team at your workplace, win some great prizes, and challenge your co-workers and friends to discover the joys of biking!

Full Month of Great Bike Events:

See how many you can do…

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designBridge Bike Tour on Saturday

designBridge is having a bike tour this Saturday! designBridge is a multi-disciplinary student organization linking the University of Oregon with the surrounding community by offering design and design-build services to clients and they have created some exciting projects throughout the community, some of which they will be touring and highlighting this Saturday.

They will visit eight projects designed and built by dB in collaboration with local organizations and hear insights from those who made them happen! A few of these were local bike parking areas for schools that are really awesome projects!

They will also have a contest with prizes for the best photos of the projects, so don’t forget your cameras! Everyone is welcome to join them for this free ride. They will meet at 10am in front of the Ford Alumni Center on campus. (1720 East 13th Ave).

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30th Avenue Crossing Meeting

originally posted on EugeneSpringfieldSRTS.org

Concerns about crossing 30th Avenue east of Hilyard Street have been submitted to the City of Eugene for several years. Many of these concerns have been on behalf of students attending Camas Ridge Elementary School (1150 E 29th Ave) which relate to the convenience and usability of the pedestrian bridge, high speeds along the corridor, and previous crashes. The current pedestrian crossing bridge is difficult for families with strollers or bicycles (especially those with tag-along trailer bikes or other loads and small children on their own bicycles) to use the existing structure that was designed for pedestrian access and retrofitted to accommodate adults pushing regular sized two-wheeled bicycles. In response the city began the process in May of collecting data and holding a public meeting to collect community comments. Since then, city staff have evaluated the corridor and developed a recommendation for improving the crossing.

A meeting to discuss bicycle and pedestrian crossings of 30th Avenue from Harris Street to University Street in south Eugene is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria at Camas Ridge Elementary School located at 1150 East 29th Avenue in Eugene. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss community input, describe results of evaluation studies, and present the city’s recommended improvement option.

For more information see the city website at www.eugene-or.gov/30thcrossing or contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at 541-682-5727.

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Volunteer to Help the Next Generation of Bikers


Thanks to over a dozen staff and volunteers our three bike fleets are maintained and rolling in our schools, now we need volunteers for our rides! The Bike Safety Education season is rolling and SRTS and the City of Eugene need volunteers to join our community bike rides!  We are reaching more students at more schools than ever.  We have three different sessions in the fall and spring with two to three schools each session.

To teach the hundreds of kids we do every season it takes dozens of volunteers helping us as we take up to 40+ kids out on our community streets each session. The rides are usually on Thursdays and Fridays and happen at various times. See the VolunteerSpot Calendar to see the dates and times and to sign up! These rides are a lot of fun for the kids and the volunteers and are a key component to our ten hour bike drivers-ed style course. Thanks for helping!

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Volunteer for Bike Safety Education Fleet Maintenance

It’s back to school time and the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School Program is gearing up by getting our bike safety education fleets in good working order for the year. This year we’ll be teaching hundreds of students our 10-hour “bike drivers-ed” class and our fleets get a lot of use and abuse. We depend on volunteers and the support of the local bike industry to keep these bikes on the road and under kids bottoms.

Come volunteer this Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 pm at the UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18 Ave.). We’ll have work for all skill levels. We’ll also have pizza. Drop us an email if you can to help us figure logistics or just show up and lend a hand!

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Blackberry bRamble; A Weekend of Bike Fun!

The annual Blackberry bRamble & Bike Celebration is just a few days away and it’s filled with a whole weekend of fun bike-centered activities. Here’s the basic run down of the weekend. Be sure and register now for the rides, the price goes up on Friday!

The Blackberry bRamble has long been known for its scenic route, extraordinary food at rest stops, reliable support and free blackberry pie and ice cream at the finish. Whether you’re a road cyclist in top form, a weekend recreational rider, or a parent pulling two kids in a trailer, Eugene’s Blackberry bRamble is a great ride! Plus, all proceeds from this event support Safe Routes to School and bicycle education in the greater Eugene area. But there is much more the bRamble than the rides; from special industry tours, a fundraising dinner for adaptive recreation, a speaker, pedal powered movie in the park, breakfast, and a post-ride celebration there is a lot fun to be had the whole weekend!

Friday, August 2nd Events

Blackberry bRamble Weekend Tour of Eugene Bicycle Industries

  • 9 to 12pm, Rolf Prima,  150 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd. Ste 101
  • 12 to 2pm, Bike Friday, 3364 W 11th Ave  Eugene, OR 97402
  • 2 to 4pm, Co-Motion, 4765 Pacific Ave  Eugene, OR 97402

Saturday, August 3rd Events

  • 6-8:30 Spaghetti dinner in Hilyard Community Center (beer garden on the patio).
  • 7:30 – 9:00 GEARs meeting and guest speaker at Hilyard Community Center.
  • 9:00ish – 11:00ish Movie in the park at the festival area behind Amazon Pool  (Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure).

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Meet other riders at the community dinner, where you can enjoy all you can eat (not to be confused with all you should eat) pasta, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. The Beer and Wine Garden will be open for purchases for those wanting a little pre-ride pick me up. Tickets can be purchased now, or on site on the evening of the dinner. All proceeds from the community dinner go to support Eugene’s Adaptive Cycling Program.

In the Hilyard Community Center, Ellee Thalheimer, author of Bicycle Sojourners, will share with you the joys of touring and her experiences touring in Oregon. The evening will end with a Movie in the Park presentation of PeeWee’s Big Adventure, a classic cycling movie.

Xalapa 084Ellee Thalheimer is an accomplished freelance travel writer and cycle tourist who believes that there are few better ways to travel and discover than by bike. Co-founder of the non-profit business alliance thePortland Society, owner of Into Action Publications, zealous Oregonian, author of Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy and drinker of yerba mate, Ellee rarely turns down an adventure. Her most recent projects include authoring and publishing Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon and co-authoring and publishing Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike. When away from Portlandia, she misses the bejeezus out of her husband Joe and her puppy dog Winston.

Sunday, August 4th- The Big Day!

Pre-Ride Breakfast

Fuel up before the ride. A continental breakfast with prices ranging from $1.00 to $5.00 will be available at the Hilyard Community Center. If you are not ready for a full breakfast, enjoy a free cup of coffee (6:30 – 9:00 am).

The Rides:

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The Blackberry bRamble is a premier ride in the Northwest. Each year more cyclists enjoy a beautiful ride with lots of good food.  You climb slowly out of the Willamette Valley with a scenic view of Eugene below and then pass into the farms and vineyards of the Lorane Valley. The ride has four distance options – a full century, a metric century, a 40-mile or a 10/20 mile community ride. Rest stops with food, water, mechanics on site, SAG wagon support on the three longer routes and the community ride has one rest stop with snacks. All riders enjoy a special blackberry pie & ice cream treat at the end of the ride! Continue reading “Blackberry bRamble; A Weekend of Bike Fun!”

Via SRTS: Pumpkin Kidical Mass Pictures!

This is just so awesome I had to re-post it here. Via Eugene Safe Route to School:

Had a great Kidical Mass ride on Saturday! A good sized group met at RiverPlay and even picked up a family who was just playing at the park and thought the ride sounded fun. We rode through Washington/Jefferson Park, the Whiteaker neighborhood and to the Corner Market (who opened special for us) where we picked out and carved some jack-o-lanterns. More than 35 kids and adults, lot’s of smiles, and some fun pumpkin carving. A great fall day!

Take the jump for a little more about the ride!

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Eugene Area Advocacy Primer Part II: Safe Routes to School

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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, luckily for you gentlefolk, 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 whenever we can 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 us to cover an organization that is not listed here, let us know!

Part II of this series covers The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program.  The Eugene program is managed by the very busy Shane MacRhodes, who also sits on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), is a GEARs board member, WBE contributor, and driving force behind Kidical Mass – for starters.

Take the jump so see all that Safe Routes to School does for cyclists in Eugene, children and adult commuters alike.

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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 KeepUsMoving.info 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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Via SRTS: Walk + Bike Challenge Month Begins

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The following post first appeared on the  Eugene Safe Routes to School blog and is reposted in full here, courtesy of Shane Rhodes.

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May is Walk + Bike Challenge Month and throughout Oregon 135 elementary and middle schools and 19 high schools and colleges are registered for the event  which is in its 3rd year.  This is the first year that Eugene/Springfield schools are joining in the competition and there are 12 elementary and middle schools registered: Cal Young, Camas Ridge, César Chávez, Edgewood, Family School/ATA, Homesource, McCornack, Network Charter, Path Finder Program, Ridgeview, River Road, Roosevelt, Thurston Elementary, and Yujin Gakuen.

There are some exciting things happening throughout May (and into June) as part of the Challenge. Here are some of the highlights:

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