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Eugene Sunday Streets
Eugene Sunday Streets is happy to be celebrating its fifth year this summer by hosting two events; July 26th in Downtown Eugene, and September 20th in the Friendly Neighborhood. These events are free and open to everyone, temporarily closing down streets for an afternoon full of bike friendly rolling, walking, playing and exploring at our musical stages and activity centers. Events such as helmet decorating, scooter races, bike lessons, taekwondo demonstrations and yoga classes fill the streets and promote healthy active lifestyles and community engagement. The idea for our open street celebration was modeled from an event in Bogota Colombia that has spread to a national movement of cities closing down streets to promote sustainable transportation, in a safe and family friendly environment. The goals for our Sunday Street events are: to create new opportunities for businesses, investing money directly into our local economy, opening up a conversation about global c limate change and sustainability, improve the health of our residents, reduce dependence on motor vehicles by shifting behavior to increase walking or biking and increase neighborhood livability. This year we anticipate over 6,000 participants and will be working with over 200 volunteers, making for two fantastic summer events! Save the dates, and get excited! We hope to see you there! This is funded through a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and donations from private businesses and individuals like you. DONATE HERE!

Emily was born and raised here in Eugene, and grew up on the back of a bike. She is a student at the University of Oregon studying theology with an interest in community organizing around issues of social justice.

Emily Farthing, Eugene Sunday Streets Coordinator – sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us

SmartTrips: Eugene
Taking public transit, walking, and biking to get to your next destination are great ways for residents to decrease their CO2 emissions, increase their daily physical activity and connect with their community in a new ways. Many people have a variety of barriers that can prevent them from using active transportation in their daily lives. SmartTrips: Eugene would like to help South Central residents overcome these barriers and promote the benefits of active transportation. SmartTrips: South Central will be kicking off in June of 2015 targeting residents in Friendly Neighborhood and Southeast neighborhood (residents north of 46th Ave). This will be a great opportunity for these residents to learn more of their neighborhood’s resources and infrastructure that help support these modes. Each household will be mailed an order form which will outline all the informational materials, prizes and helpful tools that we will be offering free! After order is placed a SmartTrips staff will be delivering these kits by bicycle. Along with the SmartTrip Kits, we will also be hosting a variety of events in the neighborhoods to help engage and support walking, biking and transit modes. SmartTrips events allow for residents to come together and try a new mode or strengthen this lifestyle behavior with their neighbors. This is funded through State Transportation Planning – Urban money, from Oregon Department of Transportation, passed through our Regional Metropolitan Planning Committee.

Jessica is currently studying for a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at Oregon State University and is hoping to use her current knowledge in environmental health and health promotion within SmartTrips Eugene program.

Jessica Kessinger, SmartTrips: Eugene Coordinator, Jessica.a.kessinger@ci.eugene.or.us

Large Employer Transportation Options Pilot Program
One of our transportation options interns, Alexis Biddle, is developing a program for large employers to encourage transportation options in Eugene. Because the City has so many locations where its employees are located, Alexis has been tracking each facility’s features that relate to how employees travel to work. He has also been making a survey that will measure how City employees currently get to work and what they would like to see changed. Once the survey results are compiled and the inventory is complete, Alexis will implement an individualized marketing campaign that encourages employees to adopt transportation modes that are healthy and reduce carbon emissions. The information derived from Alexis’ work will also help the city shape policies that encourage biking, walking, transit, and car share for commute and work trips. This program is a step towards achieving the city’s carbon reduction goals and wellness objectives. Once this pilot program is comp lete, the template will be available for other large employers in our region to use within their own organizations. This is funded through at grant from Oregon Department of Transportation.
Alexis is pursuing graduate degrees in law and planning at the University of Oregon and wants to work in the development of Multimodal transportation policy.

Alexis Biddle, Transportation Options Intern, alexis.j.biddle@ci.eugene.or.us

Regional Crosswalk Safety & Education Campaign
The Crosswalk Safety Campaign will educate Eugene residents on the laws and responsibilities surrounding marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections, particularly for people driving. The goal is to create a culture shift of our community’s knowledge and behavior at crosswalks in order to prevent crashes and injuries and to save lives. It is so important for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to be safe and feel comfortable walking around in our city without fear of getting hurt or killed. For those of us that are driving, it’s important to be aware of and respect people walking for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. Do you know the laws if you are walking or driving across a crosswalk? Every corner is a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, and you have to stop for people walking. People that walk and bike are more vulnerable; slow down and save a life! Keep an eye out this summer for our ads on radio, TV, buses and more. This is funded through a grant from the Oregon Health Authority.

Claudia is a graduate student at the University of Oregon in the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability program. She moved to Oregon from Albuquerque, NM where she worked on her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning & Design, she’s originally from Sweden.

Claudia Denton, Pedestrian Safety Campaign Intern, Claudia.m.denton@ci.eugene.or.us

InMotion Newsletter- August 2013

We haven’t reposted the City of Eugene’s InMotion Newsletter in awhile. It’s a great resource and if you’re not subscribed to it you should be!

 

Eugene Sunday Streets Brought Thousands to Downtown!Eugene Sunday Streets Downtown successfully brought thousands of people to downtown Eugene on July 21st to experience active transportation and activities that contribute to healthy lifestyles. The second Sunday Streets event this summer will be held on September 8th in the Bethel neighborhood. We are currently recruiting volunteers for the September 8 event! You can sign up to volunteer atwww.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer.Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets Downtown partnered with dark30 sports to bring fast-paced running and bicycle races, the TrackTown City Center Mile and Rolf Prima Downtown Criterium, to the streets of downtown. The winner of the elite mile came in at 4:05, which is incredibly fast for a mile race run on city streets with several corners along the route.

The excitement from the morning races continued to build throughout the day as people came to Downtown Eugene to experience active transportation along the three-mile car-free Sunday Streets route by foot, bicycle, roller blade, wheelchair, scooter, and more. Many stopped at Monroe Park and Kesey Square to listen to live music and participate in many activities, including free yoga classes, slack lining, a Slip-N-Slide and the bike expo.

There were over 50 activity booths and food cart vendors for people to choose from. Local bicycle businesses that participated in the event were kept busy all day answering questions about bicycles and providing the opportunity to test ride fold-able bikes, cargo bikes, balance bikes, and even bikes that will be used in the University of Oregon’s upcoming bike share system this fall. The City of Eugene Police registered 76 bicycles in an effort to reduce bicycle theft rates.

Many businesses along the route benefited from the increased foot and bicycle traffic. One business said, “our business went up about 25% and we had to double our staff for the day” to accommodate the new customers stopping by. Residents in the area who attended the event also appreciated seeing more people visiting our city center.

Eugene Sunday Streets Bethel, on September 8th, will continue to build off of the excitement and energy from Sunday Streets Downtown.  For more information about Eugene Sunday Streets or to sign up to volunteer, please visit eugenesundaystreets.org. Volunteers receive newly designed Eugene Sunday Streets t-shirts and are entered into a drawing for valuable prizes, including Sweet Life gift cards and a Burley Bee bike trailer!

 

Smarttrips Eugene is Back for its Third Year!

Smart TripsThis summer smarttrips eugene is back, offering residents in the East Bethel neighborhood FREE transportation tools. Residents in the East Bethel neighborhood can order FREE transportation tool kits that have information on how to get around by walking, biking, using the bus, carpooling and much more! Our free walking and biking kits come with a pedometer or pant leg strap, a special neighborhood walking and biking map, and a schedule of guided walks or rides that highlight areas of interest in the East Bethel neighborhood! You can place an o
While our kits are only available to residents in the East Bethel neighborhood everyone is invited to our FREE events! Check out this month’s events below:rder online at www.smarttripseugene.com or call 541-501-0390 to have an order form mailed to you.

Saturday August 10, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Eugene Walk There: Bowling at Strike City. Meet at Petersen Barn Community Center 870 Berntzen Rd. We will meet at Petersen Barn and walk over to Strike City Lanes. Participants will get to enjoy one free game of bowling! This walk is approximately 15 minutes each way.

Thursday August 15, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Community Event: Family Fun Night at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Join us at Petersen Barn’s Family Fun Night for free food, fun raffle prizes and a helmet decorating contest.

Sunday August 18, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Learn: Bike Maintenance Clinic at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Learn how to maintain your bike from a friendly local mechanic. Our local bike instructor will teach basic bike maintenance skills from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and advanced skills from 2:15-3:30 p.m. All you need to bring is your bike and a yearning for learning!

Tuesday August 20, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learn: Bike Rodeo for Kids at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Come down to Petersen Barn to get a free bicycle helmet for your kiddos and test their bicycle traffic skills at the smarttrips Bike Rodeo! Free sack lunch will be provided by Food for Lane County.

Friday August 23, Bike Maintenance class starts at 7:30, movie begins after dark 

Community Event: Summer in the City presents Hotel Transylvania en Espanol at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. Walk or bike down to Petersen Barn for an outdoor screening of Hotel Transylvania en Espanol. Smarttrips staff will teach a bike maintenance class en Español before the movie.

Sunday August 25, 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration required 

Eugene By Cycle: Ride to the Ems Game. Meet at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. We will ride from Petersen Barn to PK Park. This ride includes tickets to the game, dinner and more. Kids under the age of 16 MUST wear helmets as per state law. Call Moorea Strueby at 541-501-0390 to register. This ride is about 45 minutes long each way.

Friday August 30, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Community Event: Breakfast at the Bridges at the Fern Ridge Path (near Bike Friday) Free coffee, bagels, bike bells and bike maintenance checks! Come celebrate walking and biking and summer in Eugene.

For more information about smarttrips:eugene visitwww.smarttripseugene.com  

 

Mural Bike Tour 

 The Lane Arts Council, Last Friday Art Walk, and local mural advocates have teamed up to coordinate a Mural Bike Tour in Eugene!  The bike tour will feature some of the wonderful murals of the Whiteaker neighborhood, and then curve through downtown Eugene.  The 2-hour tour begins at 10am on Saturday, August 17th at Kari Johnson’s “Oak Savannah,” a mural featuring a hawk and tree, across the street from Ninkasi Brewing, near 3rd and Van Buren.  Bob Passaro will lead the tour and interview mural artists along the way, including Jim Evangelista, Hans d’Hollosy, Dan Hitchcock, Ron Lafond, and Kari Johnson.  Bob Passaro has been blogging about bicycle culture in Eugene for three years, at eugenebicyclist.com  and currently serves on the City of Eugene’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is now a writer and editor at CAWOOD, a marketing and public relations agency in Eugene. The Mural Bike Tour is sponsored by Arriving By Bike and Cornucopia.  Information about the Mural Bike Tour is available at www.lanearts.org.  FREE EVENT!

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 Congressman DeFazio Visits Breakfast at the Bike Bridge

The monthly Breakfast at the Bike Bridges event held on Friday, July 26th attracted over 170 participants, including Congressman DeFazio himself. The event was held at the DeFazio Bike Bridge and showed appreciation for people who walk and bike by providing free breakfast, coffee, bike bells, bicycle tune-ups, and more to passersby. Continue reading “InMotion Newsletter- August 2013”

Sept 18th: Eugene Sunday Streets

For Immediate Release (August 26, 2011)

CONTACT: Lindsay Selser, Eugene Sunday Streets Event Coordinator,
Transportation Planning Office, 541-682-5094

Eugene Sunday Streets: New Event Promotes Community, Active Lifestyle

This summer marks the first year of Eugene Sunday Streets, a new, free, community event that focuses on community and promoting an active lifestyle. On Sunday, September 18, from noon to 4 p.m., there will be a traffic-free route that opens the streets for people to walk, roll, and dance through the streets. The route will go along Fifth Avenue from the 5th Street Market downtown to Whiteaker’s Blair District, connecting neighborhoods and local parks.

This will be a fun, free event presented by the City of Eugene. Washington-Jefferson Park and Campbell Community Center will be featured as major activity centers along the route. Activities include live music stages and fitness classes, hula hooping, dancing and much more. With no designated start or finish, the two-way route will be enjoyed by feet, bicycle, roller skate, skateboarding or dancing at everyone’s own pace. The event is designed to get the entire community outside, having fun, enjoying healthy activities in Eugene’s public spaces while showing how easy it is to get around without a car.

Eugene Sunday Streets will highlight the many amenities and local businesses along the route from downtown to the Whiteaker neighborhood. Neighbors are encouraged to limit or postpone driving between noon and 4 p.m. on the day of the event. However there will be a number of designated intersections where residents can access their homes and local businesses.

Eugene Sunday Streets draws much of its inspiration from Bogotá, Colombia, where every Sunday more than 70 miles of roadway are opened as Ciclovías, car-free spaces for people to walk, bike, skate, dance and utilize the roadways in creative and active ways. Cicolovia-type events also are popular in the U.S., where more than 40 communities have some version of these “open streets” events.
Lots of volunteers are needed to make this event a success.

To volunteer or learn more about Eugene Sunday Streets please go to www.smarttripseugene.com/sunday-streets or contact the City of Eugene Transportation Planning Office at 541-682-5094 or sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us.