City To Move Forward With 13th Avenue Cycle Track

The City of Eugene Public Works Transportation Planning staff held their third public meeting on the “Campus to Downtown Bike Connection” project (also known as the David Minor Bikeway) last night and have officially recommended a two-way cycle track from Alder to Olive. Though much design work remains to be done and funding secured this is the first step in creating a safe, convenient, and comfortable active transportation connection from the two of the cities highest bicycle trip generator nodes.

As part of the project they laid out some short, medium, and long term recommendations. Those include wayfinding for the short term,  bike boulevard improvements on 12th (with sharrows and signage) and improving the multi-use path between Oak and Willamette for the medium term, and the two-way cycle track for the medium to long term. No specific timeline was given beyond “this summer” for the short time wayfinding improvements.

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Specific designs were also not part of the presentation with only a brief explanation of what the cycle track might look like throughout the corridor, where parking would be moved or reduced, where bike specific signals and signal timing might be implemented and where travel lane consolidation might occur. It was stated that it would not be painted green throughout the length of the project as depicted in the original LiveMove design recommendation but used only at specific “conflict zones”. The city would also place parking bays at specific locations to replace some lost on-street parking and the highest cost improvement would be the placement of signals for westbound cyclists and upgrading the current signals. Whether there would be physical separation with a curb or planters or simply a painted buffer will apparently be decided in the next design phase as well. Continue reading “City To Move Forward With 13th Avenue Cycle Track”

David Minor Bikeway Meeting Tuesday

 

The next public meeting regarding the David Minor Bikeway proposal, connecting the UO campus and downtown on 13th with a 2-way separated bikeway, is on June 24th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Eugene Library Bascom-Tykeson Room.  Previous meetings have been held and there has been overwhelming support for the project so far. Though a couple businesses have raised concerns about the possible loss of parking other businesses and many community members have expressed an interest in seeing improvements for the corridor. Creating a two-way bike facility will help the wrong-way sidewalk riding that is occurring, providing not only a direct, safe, and comfortable bike connection to and from campus and downtown but also a more pleasant pedestrian environment for those walking the corridor.

 

Even if you have attended previous meetings it will be important to attend this one as well since staff will be presenting information on engineering and signal timing analysis as well as collect feedback on potential design options. City staff still needs to hear from people that this is an important connection to the community and without the students in town to represent that others need to show their support for the potential first real cycle track project in Eugene. If this project goes in and is designed well it could be the first step in connecting up our whole bike network with a core of more comfortable bikeways for all.

 

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Let city staff know that you want to see a safe and physically protected bikeway here to create a corridor that is better and more predictable for ALL road users. One key piece of the design will be to make the bike and pedestrian movement a priority and not allow the many north-south corridors for cars interrupt the flow for active transportation users.

 

With the Capstone project being completed this summer and our downtown in the midst of a major revitalization it’s essential that this facility happen sooner rather than later. Ask the city to place this project on the front burner for completion in 2015!  Once the city prioritizes the project and moves forward with planning it then the funding search (public and private dollars) can begin in earnest.

 

There is a new web site that has many answers to frequently asked questions about the David Minor Bikeway: http://davidminorbikeway.com. Have a look and we’ll see you on Tuesday, June 24th!

 

UO Campus Street Repairs and Closures

WBE’s slowdown will continue throughout much of August, but we will try and repost important information as much as possible during this time.  This letter was posted on the GEARs google group by a UO staffer.

Aug. 2, 2010

To: UO faculty and staff

From: UO Office of Communications

Subject: Construction work to impact Agate Street and 15th Avenue

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Big B.A.D.

The UO Bike Program‘s most recent Bicycle Appreciation Day (BAD) was a big success. We hauled a full set of tools, six collapsible stands, two tables, two pumps, and four people from the Barn to 13th Ave. next to Lillis Hall. Bike Program staff, Outdoor Program staff, volunteers, and mechanics from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life performed free minor repairs on dozens of bikes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also distributed an informational zine we made, free lights from the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division, and coffee from Holy Cow.

An interesting difference from past BADs: many bicyclists hoisted their steeds into the stands themselves in order to mount their free lights, and soon were performing some of their own maintenance, transforming the scene into an inspiring show of do-it-yourselfersim.

BAD also received mention in the Oregon Daily Emerald and this message from UO VP for Student Affairs Robin Holmes:

I walked by the Bike Appreciation Day booth yesterday and it seemed to be a rousing success!! I am continually impressed with the Bike Loan program and am excited to help in any way to assist this program to grow and be even more successful. You are all doing a wonderful job and providing a very important service to our university community. Keep up the good work and thanks!

Coming up next from the UO Bike Program: bike-powered stage for the Willamette Valley Music Fest on Saturday, May 8.