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InMotion
News to Move You
March 2017
Spring is just around the corner! Those new rays of sun are a great opportunity to get out and get active!

In This Issue

Community News

Local Events
LiveMove event with Orlando Lopez

Paul's Bicycle Way of Life

Gravel 101: Sundays 10a-12p Jan 22 - March 10
Bike Movie Nights: Sundays 5p-7p Jan. 22 - March 19


 Kidical Mass Ride!
Get Involved!
Want to help more kids use active transportation to get to school?
Eugene and Springfield Safe Routes to School programs need your help! Connect with your local program coordinator to volunteer with one or more of the activities in the list below, including working at a specific school. We'll help you find something that matches your skills and interests.
•    Events (tabling, traffic garden, Kidical Mass rides)
•    Bike and Pedestrian Safety Classes (extra support for street practice)
•    Work with a specific school on encouragement activities, etc.
•    Organize or lead/co-lead biking or walking school bus
•    Infrastructure improvement assessments
•    SRTS newsletter
•    SRTS website updates
•    Data entry
 
 
Volunteer for Eugene Parks and Open Space by signing up here: www.eugene-or.gov/parkvolunteer
 

Attend an Active Transportation Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2016
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sloat Conference Room
Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
(Enter from the back alley off 10th Ave)
Open to the public.
www.eugene-or.gov/atc
 

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Attend City of Eugene Webinars

Preparing for Successful Safety Education and Enforcement Efforts
March 14th 10-11:30 a.m.
City of Eugene Engineering 4th Floor Garden Room, 99 E. Broadway at Broadway and Oak

Active Transportation in Rural Settings
March 15th Noon to 1 p.m.
City of Eugene Engineering 4th Floor Lyle Room

Bang for the Buck? Following the Money from Transportation Decisions to Outcomes
March 21st 10:00 - 11:00 AM
City of Eugene Engineering 4th Floor Garden Room
 

 
Register your bike with Eugene Police Department here
 

Volunteer with Friends of Trees

Ride bikes, plant trees, have fun! Bring your bikes and bike trailers and help make our city healthier and greener. Join volunteers and Friends of Trees to plant street and yard trees in Eugene.

Events are Saturdays 8:30-12:30.
Click here to sign up or call 541-632-3683 
 

Attend Springfield BPAC Meeting

When: April 11th, 6:00-7:30PM
Where: Jesse Maine Room at City Hall
 
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Public Hearing on Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan to be held on March 6

                                                                       
For the last several years, the City of Eugene along with our partner agencies and many members of the public have been working to develop the Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP). The draft Eugene 2035 TSP provides a 20-year blueprint for the City of Eugene’s transportation system and serves as the transportation element of the Envision Eugene comprehensive plan. The TSP was developed based on extensive stakeholder input, analyses of our existing transportation system and relevant adopted plans and coordination with planning processes that are underway.
 
A final draft of the plan is now available and can be found at www.EugeneTSP.org. We greatly appreciate the time that many people have contributed to this plan as well as people’s patience with the length of this planning process.
 
We are now entering the final phase of the Eugene 2035 TSP adoption process which includes a public hearing before both the City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners, and potential adoption by both the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. A City Council work session on the TSP was held on February 27, 2017 and the webcast from that meeting can be found HERE.
                                                                                                                                             
The joint public hearing will take place on Monday, March 6 at 5:30 PM in Harris Hall located at 125 East 8th Avenue. 
 
Meeting materials for the March 6 public hearing may be found here: Council Bill 5172 - Ordinance Concerning Long Range Transportation Planning (large pdf).  The meeting agenda and access to a live webcast may be found HERE (note: this is not yet posted).
 
To submit testimony for consideration by the City Council and Board of Commissioners, you may testify at the public hearing or email your testimony by noon on March 6 to City of Eugene Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld at rob.inerfeld@ci.eugene.or.us.
Community News

Enjoy Eugene’s Amazing Park System while Working as a Park Ambassador


The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division currently has four fulltime park ambassador positions open. This engaging work involves welcoming people to parks and natural areas, reminding visitors of park rules and playing a critical role in ensuring a safe and healthy park system. A good portion of the work is performed by bike. The program runs from mid-April through mid-October when parks are at their busiest. Apply by May 15.  Good people skills a must. Click link below to apply. 

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eugene?page=2
 

Lane Transit District Service Changes for West Eugene


Lane Transit District is preparing for a large scale tweaking of its route service starting in September 2017.  The service enhancements will cover six routes and take effect on the same day that LTD launches the new EmX service to West Eugene.  The EmX service is set to provide additional service and increased frequency to 500 businesses and non-profit organizations as well as residential neighborhoods in West Eugene.  Other routes which will be affected are in the Bethel/Danebo area and River Road/Santa Clara, in the northwest part of Eugene.  The goal of the tweaks is to increase connectivity between west side routes, instead of passengers traveling to the Downtown Eugene Station to transfer buses to other routes.  LTD’s bus routes are based on the ‘wheel and spoke’ system, but this fall’s additions, for the first time, will develop routes between the ‘spokes’. 

The route adjustments are part of LTD’s regular service realignment.  This year, LTD will undertake three system adjustments.  The first took place in February, there will be a slight summer enhancement, and then the fall route changes, due to take effect on Sunday, September 17. 
Currently, community outreach is underway to educate and answer questions about the proposed changes.  Also, transit riders and community members are being asked to take a survey related to the proposed changes (LTD.org/West-Eugene).  The deadline to submit surveys is March 31.  Comments will be taken into consideration and further adjustments may take place before the Board of Directors votes to implement the fall service changes in mid-April.


WEST EUGENE OUTREACH SCHEDULED EVENTS
March 9, 2017 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Prairie Mountain School “Cafeterium” 5305 Royal Ave.

March 15, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Churchill High School 1850 Bailey Hill Rd
  • 4:30 p.m. Open House
  • 5:30 p.m. Public Hearing/Board of Directors meeting
Eugene is ready to take a big step forward by adopting our own urban growth boundary (UGB). On March 7th 2017 the Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions will hold a work session on the UGB proposal and hear from the public. At later meetings the Commissions will discuss and make a recommendation on UGB adoption.

You are encouraged to attend the work session and public hearing. The work session will include a presentation about the UGB proposal followed by an open house with informational materials on display and available to take home. People will have the opportunity to ask staff questions before speaking at the hearing. The public hearing that will follow offers members of the public the opportunity to provide verbal testimony to both Commissions.  Written testimony can be provided by email or regular mail:

Envisioneugene@ci.eugene.or.us

ATT: Planning Division/Envision Eugene Team
99 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Learn more about the UGB proposal here, or by watching this video.

City of Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions
Joint Work Session and Public Hearing
March 7th, 6pm Work Session, 7pm Public Hearing
Harris Hall, 125 E 8th Ave
Eugene OR
 

Springfield's Virginia-Daisy Bikeway Construction Updates


A Shift in Project Timeline for Construction

  
The Virginia-Daisy Bikeway Project was planned to be engineered and constructed in 2017. The 2.5 mile Bikeway will be located in east Springfield from Bob Straub Parkway to 32nd.  Before construction can start the City must first do a Federal Surface Transportation Program - Urban (STP-U) funding exchange with the Oregon Department of Transportation per a policy change by the state.
 







The positive from the policy change is that the funding exchange will allow the City to complete the project outside of the typical federal process allowing for efficiencies and potential savings in administrative costs during the engineering and construction phases. The City and Oregon Department of Transportation are currently working on an agreement for the fund exchange.

The downside is that the engineering and construction phases cannot start until the agreement is finalized. In talking with our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation, we anticipate the final engineering will still occur in 2017, but construction will shift to spring/summer 2018.

New Timeline:
•    2017 Engineering work will occur
•    2018 Construction work will occur
Click here to view full project web page.
Questions?
  
Contact Emma Newman, Senior Transportation Planner, at 541.726.4585 or enewman@springfield-or.gov with project questions.

You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information: Frequently Asked Questions
 
Stay in the Know!

EPD Continues To Encourage Bicycle Registration

 

EPD Says Registering Your Bicycle Greatly Increases Recovery Chances!

The Eugene Police Department registered more bicycles and had fewer bicycles reported stolen in 2016 than in 2015.  EPD’s hope, is that even more bicycles will be registered and fewer will be stolen in 2017!  Registration greatly aids in recovery and it is critical to record your serial number and taking pictures is also recommended.  EPD issues a free bicycle registration decal to place on your bicycle.
 
Registering your bicycle can greatly increase your chances of recovering it, if it is stolen.  You can register your bike for free with EPD (if you are a resident of the incorporated area of Eugene) at: http://www.eugene-or.gov/bikeregistration.  University of Oregon students should register their bicycle with the U of O Department of Parking & Transportation at: https://parking.uoregon.edu/content/bicycling and registration with them is required for all bikes on campus.  For all others, various National bike registries are available, such as bikeindex.org or Project 529 (who recently merged with National Bike Registry).  Like EPD & U of O, they're free, convenient and easy to use.  Only one registration per bicycle is necessary, so there is no need to register with EPD if you already registered your bike with U of O or a National registry.
 
To report stolen bicycles 24 hours a day(which should be done immediately), call 911 if the crime is in progress, call EPD Non-emergency at 541-682-5111, or go online to our website to report it: http://ceapps.eugene-or.gov/epdcoplogic/
 

Save Time and Money by Carpooling to Work or School!


Carpooling to work with a co-worker is a great way to share the cost of the ride and reduce the stress of driving alone.  Whether you choose to carpool every day, or just a couple of days per week, each shared trip makes a difference.

Driving alone to work each day adds up. Extra maintenance costs on your vehicle, higher fuel expense, more pollutants added to our environment and congestion on our roadways, not to mention the additional stress of dealing with traffic, parking, and road rage.

Carpoolers regularly report that their stress levels have decreased since sharing the ride.  One local carpooler says, “My co-workers and I are committed to carpooling to keep our carbon footprint low. We save on money and have so much fun commuting together. All of our partners, significant others and children say that we come home very happy when we are commuting together.”

It is now easier than ever to find a carpool partner for work, school, or play.  Just sign up in Oregon’s online ridematching database at www.DriveLessConnect.com.  After registering, create a “ridematch trip” and indicate your trip origin/destination, schedule, and any trip preferences. Once you save the trip, a list of potential matches will appear on the screen along with a map so that you can select the partner whose trip most closely matches your own.
Contact the carpool matches directly through the database so that your personal information always remains private.  You might choose to meet at a Park & Ride lot for an added level of security. Lane Transit District operates 25 Park & Ride lots in metro and rural areas and they are a perfect place to meet your carpool.

Drive Less Connect is a free service of ODOT and is managed locally by Point2point at Lane Transit District. For more information please contact point2point@LTD.org or visit DriveLessConnect.com.  
 
 
Commute Radar

What:
The Willie Knickerbocker Bike Bridge is undergoing construction to replace old side rails. The Bike and Pedestrian bridge is located just west of the I-5 bridge over the Willamette River. 

When: Construction is currently underway and will be complete by Friday, March 3rd.

As part of the construction project, the old plaque commemorating the bridge's namesake will be updated and moved into a more prominent and visible location for the public to view. A bike counter will also be installed at the bridge. 


 
Local Events 

 




Bicycle Way of Life
 
Gravel 101: Sundays 10a-12p Jan 22 - March 10
Facebook event
Google calendar
Bike Movie Nights: Sundays 5p-7p Jan. 22 - March 19
visit https://bicycleway.com/community-outreach/ to find out more!
 


 
 



UO Bike Program Events
 
Mountain Bike Maintenance Night
 
Hone your mountain bike knowledge and kill in this informational and hands-on clinic. Topics may include tubeless tires, suspension systems, and hydraulic brakes. Taught by Andrew Alef.
When: Thursday, March 2nd, 6-8 pm
Where: UO Bike Program in the EMU (1395 University Street)
Cost: $10 for students. $10 plus $25 yearly membership for community members.
 
visit https://outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu/bikes to find out more!

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Valet Bicycle Parking Volunteer Party
At this party, we will be signing up volunteers for events they are interested in working for including Cuthbert Shows, Eugene Sunday Streets, Emeralds Baseball Bike Day, Willamalane events, Food Truck Fest, Art and the Vineyard, Blackberry Bramble, Prefontaine Classic, and the NCAA Championship. We will also have pizza, snacks and refreshments. Feel free to invite friends that might be interested in volunteering with VBP! 
 


NARP RAIL ADVOCATES GATHER MARCH 4
 
Oregon hosts a regional meeting of the National Association of Railroad Passengers on Saturday, March 4, at Portland Union Station.  Rail advocates will meet to share expertise and discuss the latest progress and challenges in passenger rail.  Go to www.aortarail.org for updates as meeting details are finalized.
 


Join a Wetland Wander with WREN at Wild Iris Ridge

Join WREN and lichenologist Daphne Stone for a special lichen-themed Wetland Wander!

WHERE: Wild Iris Ridge
WHEN: Wednesday, March 8th 9am-11am

Join a Wetland Wander with WREN at Golden Gardens Park

Want to learn more about Oregon's native turtles? Join WREN and City of Eugene employee Lauri Holts for a special TURTLE themed wander!

WHERE: Golden Gardens Park
WHEN: Tuesday, March 14th  9am-11am


For more information on WREN and Wetland Wanders please visit http://wewwild.blogspot.com/.
 
LiveMove is excited to host Orlando Lopez for our next Speaker Series. Orlando is the Bus Riders Unite(BRU) organizer for OPAL Environmental Justice and builds community power by facilitating BRU workshops, leading First Saturday organizing, and working with BRU membership to continue winning victories for transit-dependent people across our region. 
 
Event: LiveMove Speaker Series, Orlando Lopez
Date: March 8th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Lane Community College Downtown, Rm 114
 
Light food and drinks provided.
 
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/188156415004591/
 
Local Walking and Biking Groups

Campbell Bike Group

Departs rain or shine from Campbell Center (155 High St) for a relaxed in-town ride. Helmet required, weekly attendance is not. Rides are 10-20 miles, depending on who shows up. Call Campbell Center at 541-682-5318 for more information. Wednesdays, 10am

Cycling for Veterans

Every Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Meet at Maurie Jacobs Park, SE corner of parking lot off Fir Lane.  More information, call Ree: 541-337-3710.  Adaptive bikes available, call: 541-682-5311.  Open to all veterans including  disabled veterans, friends and families  of veterans.  Improve your health and wellness lifestyle in a supportive environment.




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Walk n Talkers

This self-led group walks 3-5 miles at a quick pace; there is usually a coffee stop along the way. The route varies and may have hills or rough pavement. The group walks rain or shine, year-round and departs on Fridays at 9am sharp. Call Campbell Center at 541-682-5318 for more information. Fridays, 9am.
Greater Eugene Area Riders (G.E.A.R.s)
Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) has been organizing rides since 1991. Rides are for people of all abilities and vary in distance. Every ride is led by a Ride Captain to insure participants have a safe and enjoyable experience. For more information about GEARs rides and our work to support area cyclists, go to http://eugenegears.org/

Our mailing address is:
inmotion@ci.eugene.or.us

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