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News to move you: September 2021 

Eugene Transportation News
School Zone ABCs
Vision Zero Update
Path Etiquette Campaign
Park(ing) Day
Townscape Adventures
Bike Share Update
Bait Bikes
UO Transportation Day

LTD Hiring
Further Afield
America Walks Grant
ODOT Funding
What's Happening
City Project Updates
Area Project Updates
Community Calendar

Follow the “ABCs of School Zones” 
This September, after more than a year of distance learning and empty playgrounds, children across Lane County will head back to school (September 8 for Bethel and September 9 for 4J) — and traffic around school zones is expected to increase.

The Safe Lane Transportation Coalition launched a new campaign, “The ABCs of School Zones”, reminding parents and other people driving around school zones to be attentive while driving, have both hands on the wheel and slow your vehicle down when children are around.
The safety campaign comes at an important time: 2020 saw an alarming increase in traffic fatalities in Oregon, especially Lane County. Drivers often make mistakes when they are caught in traffic, stressed, or running late for work. If parents are planning to drive their children to school, they should schedule at least 15 extra minutes each day when driving through a school zone, and if they need to drop off or pick up their child, they should expect at least 20-minute delays. 

Parents can avoid the hassle all together, and make our community safer, by having your child ride the bus, walking or biking with your child or, if they are old enough, having them walk or bike on their own. View walking and biking resources here.

As school resume, drivers can expect an increase in:

  • Congestion – more drivers during the morning and afternoon commutes
  • Pedestrians – students walking to and from school or the bus stop
  • Buses – picking up and dropping off students
  • Bicyclists – traveling to and from school
  • Fines – speeding in a school zone in Lane County can cost up to $875

For more information visit or contact Drew Pfefferle at

Vision Zero Advisory Committee Launches 
The Vision Zero Program is launching a new advisory committee to oversee implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan. To receive a diverse set of perspectives on transportation safety, the advisory committee will include representatives from City of Eugene Public Works, Eugene Police Department, Eugene Springfield Fire and Emergency Services, ODOT, LTD, Peacehealth, Better Eugene Springfield Transportation, local school districts and more.

These committee members will use their professional expertise to advise staff on challenges related to implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan and help identify areas for interdepartmental and interorganizational partnership. City staff will also use committee meetings to provide updates on crash trends, projects and programs, legislation of importance to Vision Zero and emerging research and case studies related to the goal of eliminating traffic deaths. 

For the latest information on Vision Zero, read the summer safety update here.

Path Etiquette Campaign Continues
Have you seen the signs around town messaging courteous and safe behaviors on our local shared-use paths? The distinctive blue signs remind community members: 

  • Paths are for everyone (all modes)  
  • Travel a safe speed—20 MPH maximum speed on paths, slower as needed  
  • Stay in your lane—stay right, pass left, don’t take more than your half  
  • Give warning when passing—call "passing on your left” or ring bell  
  • Dogs on a short leash 

The path etiquette campaign aims to promote courtesy and safety among all shared-use path users and includes community outreach, education, media and temporary signage. The City launched the first phase of the campaign in July. Throughout July and August we popped up around Eugene with surveys, fun prizes, and biking resources and maps. The second phase of the campaign launches this month, with print and online media, signage along paths, and further data collection. Look for City staff placing signage and recording speeds along popular paths, and for educational ads online and in local newspapers.  

Park(ing) Day Coming to Eugene
Local community members, in collaboration with Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST), won a SPIN Scooters and the Better Block Foundation $1000 Park(ing) Day grant to install a temporary parklet in Eugene! The one-day Park(ing) Day installation will take place Friday, September 17, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. outside Palace Bakery (842 Pearl Street) in Eugene. Stop by to participate in the fun, view art by Helen Liu and drink coffee and eat cookies from Palace Bakery.

Park(ing) Day is a day where people across the world temporarily repurpose street parking spaces and convert them into tiny parks and places for art, play, and activism. It's a unique and exciting opportunity to engage in the ongoing dialog around how our cities are designed and built. 

Townscape Adventure Walks
If you would like to get out and about in Eugene this fall, consider trying one of these #Townscapeadventure Scavenger Hunt Walks! The walking routes and maps are created by Eugene community member, Tyler E. Burgess in the book “Eugene and Springfield Townscapes Walks.”

Some of the #Townscapeadventures you can experience are: 

  • Mansions and Meadows: On this 4.4-mile hilly walk in South Eugene you will traverse through Amazon Park and up Spring Boulevard. Try to find the memorial bench!  
  • Gillespie Bute: Enjoy this 6-mile walk in central Eugene through Alton Baker Park and along the Willamette River. Seek out the North Bank trail marker! 
  • Friendly Street Loop: This walk has three different difficulty levels with 3.5, 4, and 5.5-mile options to walk in west-central Eugene. On this adventure you will cross Amazon Creek and stroll through Westmorland Park. Look for the medal sculpture fence !  

For the full walk routes and maps, visit or look for “Eugene and Springfield Townscapes Walks” in local stores such as Kiva, Sundance and Tsunami Books. If you go on a #Townscapeadventure and find one of the landmarks - snap a picture, post it on social media, and tag City of Eugene Transportation to see if others can find it as well! 

New Bike Share Out-of-Hub Fees
Since PeaceHealth Rides Bike Share launched in 2018, bike share users have enjoyed the option to end their trips in two ways:

  • Locked to a PeaceHealth Rides Hub at no added cost.
  • Locked to any public bike rack in our system area for an additional  $1 fee (this is called "out-of-hub")
  • To continue this service, PeaceHealth Rides is adjusting the out-of-hub fee for ending a trip to $2. 

As before, PeaceHealth Rides bike share users will still be able to get a $1 credit for moving any PeaceHealth Rides bike from out-of-hub back into a hub. This is also commonly known as "bounty hunting." Many users help rebalance the bike share system by returning out-of-hub bikes back to a hub. If you play your cards right, you can easily return enough bikes a month to have a membership entirely free. That's some easy money!
Learn About Bike Share

Bait Bike Operations Deter Theft
The theft of a bike can hit someone hard, especially if it took their last penny to buy it or it is their main means of transportation. The Eugene Police Bait Bike stings are one way to help deter bike thefts in Eugene. 

Throughout August, the EPD Property Crimes Unit detectives placed a changing supply of bait bikes at various locations in the city to combat the problem and arrest those who are responsible. On August 19, a bate bike was deployed in the west Eugene area and placed in racks outside a business at different times throughout the day. On each occasion, the bike was taken a short time later and the suspect was contacted by police.

Online Bike Registration

UO Transportation Day
The University of Oregon Outdoor Program will be hosting its annual UO Transportation Day with other local transportation-based organizations on October 5 and 6 from 10  to a.m. 2 p.m. 

This two-day event will highlight various transportation options and more information on how students and community members can navigate to campus and around Eugene. The Office of Sustainability, LTD, City of Eugene, PeaceHealth Rides Bike Share, UO Transportation Services, and more will be offering materials and resources to aid in making transportation more accessible to the Eugene community. Stop by for free bike repairs, free bike lights, bike share demos, and a chance to win some prizes by entering the raffle! 

LTD Hiring Transportation Outreach Specialist
Lane Transit District is recruiting for an Employer Transportation Outreach and Marketing Specialist to lead outreach and marketing efforts to local employers sharing their passion along with resources for transportation options. The position will also assist with developing content for marketing messages for transportation and transit along with assist the Marketing Department with marketing campaigns and projects as needed. Learn more and apply here.


America Walks Community Change Grant
America Walks annual Community Change Grants will be accepting applications this month. The popular program aims to provide support to a growing network of advocates, grassroots organizers, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create tangible change at the community level.
Consider applying if you have a project that:

  • Increases physical activity, mobility justice, walkability and/or active transportation in a specific community
  • Works to cross engage people and organizations newer to the efforts of walking and moving and walkability
  • Demonstrates a culture of antiracism and inclusive health
  • Supports and cultivates connected, active and deeply engaged communities

Funding for Active and Public Transportation
Now more than ever there is an increased emphasis on having a safe and equitable multimodal transportation system. Having more options to get where you need to go just makes sense in today’s environment, especially now that equity and climate issues are at the forefront.

Recently the Oregon Transportation Commission allocated additional funds to:

  • Address pedestrian and bicycle gaps on the state system.
  • Prioritize projects at locations that provide an equity and safety benefit.
  • Identify cost savings through leveraging with other ODOT projects.

To learn more, attend ODOT’s presentation at the League of Oregon Cities webinar at noon on September 14 or check out their Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Funding Program Website.


Traffic Calming Projects Selected for 2021-2022
Jefferson Street was selected as the 2021 traffic calming project and speed cushions will be installed this fall. Traffic calming speed cushions will be installed from 13th to 28th Avenue, with the intent of addressing speeding traffic, reducing crashes and improving safety for all people using the street. A contractor has been selected and the project is expected to begin construction in October 2021.

Welcome Way will be next, with traffic calming scheduled for 2022. The project will focus on Welcome Way from Royal Avenue to Candlelight Drive, but may be extended to cover a portion of Candlelight Drive by Danebo Elementary School. Reducing vehicle speeds is particularly important given the area's close proximity to Danebo Elementary School and Candlelight City Park. There will be several opportunities to engage with City staff about the project including the October 20 Active Bethel Citizen's General Meeting.

Willamette Two-Way Project Completes This Month
If you’re traveling southbound on Willamette Street look for new bike and car lane striping between 18th and 20th Avenue! NORTHBOUND LANES REMAIN CLOSED until the signal work at 18th and Willamette finalizes in mid-September.

The Willamette/Oak/20th Two-Way project converted Willamette Street, 18th to 20th Avenue, from one-way to two-way allowing for both north and south travel. The project also repaved the street, added a northbound bike lane, updated sidewalk access ramps, and painted crosswalk striping at key intersections.
South Willamette Street Improvement Project Progressing
The South Willamette Street Improvement Project is taking shape on South Willamette Street from 23rd to 29th Avenue. If you walk, bike, roll or drive down Willamette you will see work completing on the east side of the street and work continuing on the west side. The final design will boast a smooth street surface, a center turn lane, bike lanes, widened sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and street trees.

Head on over to see the street in action! Currently, some sections of the street are repaved and ready for biking and driving. On the east side of the street, the wide sidewalks are complete and the pedestrian lighting and street trees have been installed. More project details here
South Bank Path Project Continues
As work continues on the South Bank Path project, the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path remains closed from the Frohnmayer Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge to the Hilyard Street entrance.

The South Bank Path project will realign and rebuild approximately 3,000 feet of the path adding: a new twelve foot wide concrete path realigned away from the top of riverbank, new six foot wide gravel trail where the current asphalt path is located and path lighting. The paving will be complete by the end of September and the lighting will be installed by the end of October, so use the North Bank path when traveling through the area.
Delta Interchange Nears Completion
Crews are finishing up permanent erosion and sediment control features, swales, barrier transition pieces, sign installation, metal sound wall construction, electrical and ramp metering work, along with general site clean-up work.

Traffic should expect single lane closures on Delta Highway from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid-September. Periodic nighttime ramp closures will be required to complete remaining work in late September.  Project completion expected in October 2021. For more information, visit the project webpage.
OR 126 Willamette River Bridge (Westbound)
Crews are working on setting up the work zone on the top of the bridge. Traffic will have a single lane configuration with the left lane closed. Single lane closures are expected for the remaining duration of the project, scheduled for completion in 2022. Work will be done in stages to maintain a single travel lane and pedestrian walkway throughout the construction.
The historic westbound bridge over the Willamette River on OR 126B in Springfield is need of repair. Repairs made now will help to preserve and extend the service life of the bridge, avoiding the need for more critical repairs in the future. For more information, visit the project webpage.
OR 126 Main Street Safety Upgrades
ODOT and the City of Springfield are working to make it safer for everyone who uses the Main Street/South A Street Corridor whether you walk, roll or ride. Together they ensure that the current safety upgrades underway serve the community and move toward long-term corridor safety goals as outlined in the Main Street Safety Project.
Beginning in late August until October 2021 immediate safety upgrades are being made. Crews will move quickly, and each upgrade will take a few days or less. For more information on the immediate ODOT safety upgrades, visit the project webpage.

OR 99 in Cottage Grove 
ODOT has been busy working on a project to make this section of OR 99 in Cottage Grove safer for everyone — whether you're walking, biking or driving. Once they finish the design, they will be ready to select a contractor to help with construction and anticipate work starting in 2022. 

The project will: Reconfigure the existing four lane section to have one lane of traffic in each direction with a center turn lane. Add striping to create bike lanes. Construct new sidewalks with improved ADA ramps. Install an enhanced crosswalk with a median island and flashing lights to alert drivers that pedestrians are ahead. Install a new traffic signal at W Woodson Place. Repave and add new permanent striping. 

For a full list of City transportation construction projects, visit the Current Projects webpage
For up-to-date travel impacts and road construction information, visit
Active Transportation
Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 9 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. online
Active Transportation Committee monthly meetings are currently held as a webinars and livestreamed on YouTube.

Meetings are open to the public and allow for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

Agenda topic: 
ATC Committee Discussion, Planning and Brainstorming                           

Join with zoom:
Webinar ID: 936 7151 8661

Join by phone: 888 475 4499
Kidsports Got it Right
Tribute Ride
Sunday, September 12
2 p.m. s
tarts at Monroe Park
Bravo to forward thinking and mission-driven Kidsports. Their new and exciting complex in South Eugene is a 5-star bicycle facility. Rows of bicycle parking and active transportation access send the message, “Use your body, ride your bike.” Climate Revolutions by Bike will ride over to view this stellar example of bold and appropriate site planning, a beacon of hope. Two ride options: A gently paced 6 mile ride or a moderately paced 10 mile ride, converging at Kidsports. 

Climate Revolutions by Bike: Meet great people. Share and support a bicycle lifestyle. Disrupt the status quo and build a revolution for the Earth. Their monthly (2nd Sunday) Revolutions Rides are family friendly, inclusive and free.
Free Bike-In Movie
Friday, September 17
6:30 p.m. mingle, 7 p.m. movie
River House Outdoor Center 

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet is honest, revealing and urgent. The film is Sir David Attenborough’s witness statement for the natural world. Limited seating, get your FREE tickets here
Ride your bike and bring a picnic to enjoy before the film. Organized by Climate Revolutions by Bike in partnership with the City of Eugene River House Outdoor Center. Safety protocol: Masks required.

Bilingual StoryWalks 
Throughout September

All ages: take a walk and enjoy a favorite children's picture book in English and Spanish. The illustrated pages are displayed on a series of signs arranged along the path to read as you stroll through the park. Free.

In Willakenzie Park: "How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? / Como Van a la Escuela Los Dinosaurios?"
In the park at Petersen Barn: "The Day You Begin / El Día En Que Descubres Quien Eres"

Walk 'n' Talkers
Throughout September
Fridays 9 a.m.
This friendly, self-led group walks 3- 5 miles at a quick pace. The route varies and may have hills or rough pavement. Walks depart at 9 a.m. sharp Fridays from Campbell Center. Most walks include a stop to get treats. Call 541-682-5318 for more information. Free! 
Biking for Fun & Fitness
Throughout September
Wednesdays 10 a.m. 

This weekly group departs rain or shine from Campbell Center every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Rides go 10- 20 miles, and often include a stop for treats. Helmets and fun required. Call 541-682-5318 for more information. Free! 
"Virtual" Safety Town
Throughout September
In the spirit of Safety Town, the City of Eugene is bringing the Safety Town experience online in a virtual environment to allow everyone to participate! Visit Safety Town online to participate in the interactive learning and fun.

View informative and educational videos covering animal safety, bike safety, fire safety, meet a police officer/tour a police car, and poison safety, to name a few. 
GEARs Group Bike Rides
Throughout September

Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) coordinates weekly bike rides throughout the year. Members and as well as non-members are welcome to attend rides. All rides are classified according to pace and other characteristics. To pick the ride for your skills and energy level, view the monthly schedule here.

Safety protocol: 6’ distancing, use a mask when distancing is not possible.
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