The Transportation Remix party at the Oregon Electric Station on October 22nd was a great time. The room was packed with over 100 people for the three hour event, and CAT’s valet bike parking was filled to capacity. The event was part of the planning for Eugene’s new Ped/Bike master plan, covered earlier by WBE here.
The first hour of the event had a party atmosphere with an open bar and snacks, followed by three 20 minute presentations and then an hour-long question and answer session with the panel. ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Sheila Lyons did a great job moderating the event, and had much to add to the question and answer session.
Update:Alan Pitman over at EugeneCycles.org has also published a great writeup of the Transportation Remix. He even included a link that I’d forgotten to mention: Elly Blue’s article on Grist about the “Safety in Numbers” phenomena, which was a large theme in Ed Fischer’s presentation.
If you missed the party, or just want to live it again, take the jump for videos of the three presentations, copies of the presentation materials, and a slideshow!
If you missed last Friday’s Ped and Bike Master Plan open house, you really missed out on a lot of fun. Estimates put the attendance around 70 participants, which helped create a party-like atmosphere full of innovative discussions about fancy new ideas and treatments.
You can still participate in the process on the website, by attending the project advisory committee meeting Oct 25th, by attending the next open house in March, and by coming to the Transportation Remix panel discussion this Friday (There will be beer!)
While all these are great options, they don’t quite give you the experience of attending the event. This is sad, because it was fun and informative, and full of ideas aimed at increasing cyclist ease and ridership numbers (despite what some negative bloggers who didn’t attend the event would have you believe).
In order to give you a full understanding of the night I will now pass the narrative over to the wonderful George Nellis, a newspaper man who rode his 52 inch “Ordinary” bicycle from New York to San Fransisco in 72 days back in 1887, shattering the previous record by two weeks. I figure if we are going to live vicariously through anyone, George is a pretty good choice. Other than being a way bigger bad-ass than me, George’s experience – albeit fictional – was that of going to the open house completely unexposed to much of the innovative infrastructure being proposed – which presents a much more common experience than my policy-wonk steeped experience. (Kendra says that this entire idea is rather contrived, which is true, but I’ve decided I don’t care.)
Take the jump to start the adventure (and view a PDF of the materials in case you missed it).
I’ll post about how awesome the Transportation Remix will be a little closer to the date, but for now I’d like to focus on the importance of the Ped/Bike Master Plan Open House. This project will provide a long-term guide for how cycling infrastructure is implemented in Eugene, and this open house will be a great way for you to give valuable input. If you can’t make the open house, don’t panic; the Ped/Bike Plan website has other ways for you to contribute.
When: Thursday, October 14th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Where: Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Lane
Also included in this post (after the jump) is the City of Eugene’s October InMotion Newsletter. It’s full of great information, including the above events, an opportunity to win an iPad, several public input opportunities for LTD projects and Envision Eugene, construction updates, and a whole bunch of other fun events.