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News to Move You. May 2019

Ride of Silence

The mission of the Worldwide Ride of Silence is to honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety.

Here in Eugene, we will be meeting on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00pm (ride at 6:30pm) at the Churchill Sports Park on Bailey Hill Road, riding in silence past fatal bike crash locations where there are ghost bikes memorializing the crash victims, and ending the ride at the David Minor Theater.

Featured Article

Community News

Free Rides
Celebrating One Year
Kick-off Party
Business Commute Challenge
Bike Touring101
Walk+Roll Challenge
CycloFemme
Breakfast at the Bike Bridges
Campbell Bike Week
Wheels by the Willamette
NeighborRide
BEST Awards Dinner
Bike Friendly Businessses

Project Updates

Making it Happen


Stay in the Know

South Bank Path Closure
ODOT I-105 Construction
Beaver-Hunsaker Comments
Public Works Day
Responsible Alcohol Sales
1Pass

Community Calendar

May is Bike Month
ATC Meeting
Webinar: Green Infrastructure
Webinar: Rules of the Road

See You There!

Adaptive Bikes for All
Campbell Bike Group
Walk n Talkers
Greater Eugene Area Riders
EPD Bike Registration
Parks Volunteering
-Featured Monthly Article-

May is Bike Month!

The month long celebration of biking has arrived and this year it's bigger and better than ever! There are so many rides, speakers, workshops, & events being held for May is Bike Month so be sure to get out and join one. Even if you don't join an event just getting out for a ride is a celebration in itself!

There are also several 'specials' going on for the month and one of the most exciting is that PeaceHealth Rides is FREE for the month! So if you haven't tried bike share this is the month! See the article below for more information. 

Here's a sample of some of what's happening this month:
All Month Ride FreeWalk & Roll to School Challenge, Bike to Sky
May 1  Smart Cycling Lunch & Learn
May 3 May is Bike Month Kickoff at First Friday ArtWalk
May 4 Mass Bike Ride for Climate!
May 5 Whiteaker Community Market Opening Day Ride
May 8  UO Transportation Day (Spring Edition!)
May 9 Art & Science Storytime: Bicycle Theme
May 10 Get to Know Your Bike Party
May 11-17 Business Commute Challenge
May 11 BicyClean
May 12 CycloFemme: Women on Wheels Ride
May 13-17 Campbell Bike Week
May 14 Breakfast at the Bike Bridges; DeFazio
May 15 Ride of Silence
May 17 Wheels by the Willamette
May 18 Family Ride: Springfield Connections
May 21 NeighborRide
May 23 Bethel SRTS & GEARs Community Ride
May 24 Breakfast at the Bike Bridges – Knickerbocker Bridge

May is Bike Month showcases the many benefits of biking and encourages more folks to give biking a try. Nationally celebrated since 1956, Bike Month has been celebrated in May in Lane County since 2014. For more May is Bike Month information, including a full listing of free events being held, visit WeBikeLane.org.

Anyone can create a ride or event and make it part of Bike Month. Get creative, post your event at at WeBikeLane.org, share it on the #WeBikeLane Facebook page, and get others excited about riding bikes!

May Highlights

#RideWithUs for FREE In May

In just one year, bike share has become an integral part of the City of Eugene’s transportation system and bike culture. Over 12,900 PeaceHealth Rides members have logged over 205,000 miles since the bike share program launched last April.
 
As a thank you to the community, PeaceHealth Rides is celebrating Bike Month with free rides! During the entire month of May, new and existing users on the monthly payment plan can ride for FREE up to one hour each day for no charge.
 
How it works
  • Monthly: Use code BikeMonth19 to get a $15 credit added to your account.
  • UofO Monthly: Use code UOBikeMonth19 to get a $5 credit added to your account.
 
New users can sign up at peacehealthrides.com or on the PeaceHealth Rides app available for Android and Apple devices. Promo codes are good for new and existing users and can be used throughout the month of May. Click here for more info about how to redeem your promo code.
 
For questions or help with your account, contact our customer support team at support@peacehealthrides.com or 541-214-2212.
 
New to riding or interested in trying bike share for the first time? The PeaceHealth Rides team will be hosting multiple fun events for you to ride with us throughout the month of May. Check out the full list of events on our Facebook page!

Celebrating One Year

Kick-Off Party at First Friday ArtWalk

To kick May is Bike Month off, we're partnering with Lane Art's Council First Friday Art Walk on May 3 from 5:30-8:00 pm to host a special “Bike Art Party”. Kesey Square will be an official stop on the tour to celebrate bikes and the amazing art and bike culture in Eugene. The space will feature local artists displaying creative bike art, including the unveiling of the Pacific Pub Cycle bike "Mural on Wheels" by local Whiteaker Artist, Wayde Love. (With generous grant by City of Eugene Cultural Services Urban Canvas program).

In addition to a variety of bike art on display, including new PeaceHealth Rides unicorn wrapped bikes. We'll also have information about Bike Month and all the fun events happening throughout the month.

The event is free and open to all ages.

Join the Business Commute Challenge


It’s not too late to sign-up for the Business Commute Challenge!! 

Join a friendly competition – workplace against workplace– to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telework the most during the week of May 11 – 17. The workplace with the most participation wins. (based on size) It’s good for the community, improves health, and builds teamwork within your company. And it’s really fun.

Individuals can win too! Prizes include a Breezer commuter bike, a Burley Travoy bike trailer, gift certificates to local businesses, and more! The more you participate, the bigger the prize you have a chance to win.

Whether you are a bus rider, are thinking about bike or bus commuting for the first time, have just never quite started up that carpool, or simply want to have some fun with your co-workers… this Challenge is for you!

Last year we had a record 2,715 people in the Challenge, representing 233 teams from area organizations! The resulting impact was a savings of more than 97,000 lbs of CO2 from being released into our environment!

Bike Touring 101

Interested in Bike Touring the beautiful Oregon Coast – or anywhere else for that matter? Bike Touring 101 and Beyond – a May is Bike Month event on Monday, May 6 at 6pm in the Springfield Public Library– will give you tips and tricks on Bike Touring! Presented by the City of Springfield, Springfield Public Library and Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs), the event will include bike displays put together by local bike touring experts, local bike organizations and a presentation on bike touring the Oregon Coast. 

See more on the BikeTouring101 event page.

Walk + Roll Challenge

Wednesday, May 8th is National Bike to School Day and schools all around the country are gearing up for the fun! During the month of May, schools will be hosting events to get kids thinking about fun and active ways to get to and from school. From after school bike parties, to chaperoned Walking School Buses, to free giveaways, students will have no shortage of opportunities to get involved!
 
Here in the Eugene-Springfield area we are doing it big! As we settle into Spring, we are kicking off our May Walk+Roll Challenge. Participating schools in Bethel, 4J and Springfield will be hosting and organizing a wide variety of events and activities that will challenge families to ditch the drive alone commute to school. The Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School team, supported by Point2point at Lane Transit District will be handing out promotional baskets to all participating schools, helping to coordinate school-wide walks, hosting ‘Learn to Ride’ clinics and much more.
 
On behalf of the students in our region, the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School team would like to thank our wonderful schools and partners for making all of this possible. Fifty-one schools are participating in our regional Walk+Roll Challenge, up from 37 in the Spring of 2018 and we are sure this will be our most successful challenge yet!
 
If you are interested in showing up or volunteering at any of the upcoming events, please check your local school calendar or visit us at EugeneSpringfieldSRTS.org. Just click the ‘Get Involved’ tab on the menu bar and you will be linked in to our local volunteer opportunities!”

Join CycloFemme Ride to Celebrate Women Biking!

CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. We are of a growing community, for a growing community. Our annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Everyone is welcome!

Ride with us in Springfield or Eugene on May 12, as we Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Empower the Future of Women in Cycling. Both rides will convene in Island Park at the end for a group celebration.

Springfield Ride: 1:30 p.m., Willamalane Park Swim Center, 1276 G St.
Eugene Ride: 1:30 p.m., Owen Rose Garden City Park, 300 N. Jefferson St.

Joint celebration at 2:45 p.m. in Island Park (south shelter). We will relax, celebrate, and eat snacks.

Don't have your own bike, but want to join the fun?! Pick up a bike share bike from ANY PeaceHealth Rides Bike Share station. There will be a "special zone" at Island Park since it's normally out of the system area.

This event is free, all-ages, all genders. Visit http://cyclofemme.com/ for more information on the worldwide celebration. Visit Facebook Event or WeBikeLane.org for ride details.

Breakfast at the Bike Bridges

Join us May 14th, 7:00 am – 9:30 am, at the Peter DeFazio Bridge (SW side) for a special Business Commute Challenge Breakfast at the Bike Bridges (BCC at the BBB). 

BBB is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time. This signature summer event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals.
This special kick-off event on May 14th will be focused on the Business Commute Challenge!
Enjoy:
•FREE breakfast of bagels, cream cheese and coffee provided by Full City Coffee Roasters, Bagel Sphere & Nancy's Yogurt
•FREE bike safety checks
•FREE Bike maps, bike bells and resources from the City of Eugene

Campbell Bike Week

Coinciding with National Bike to Work Week, Campbell Bike Week is a collection of bike-related events to get you ready and excited for a full summer of bicycling.
All events meet at Campbell Community Center. To register, call 541-682-5318 or getrec.org
 
Monday, May 13, 5:30-8:30pm
Get Your Bike Ready for Summer
This basic maintenance class will teach you these skills to get ready for summer riding: six-point safety check, repairing flat tires, brake tune-ups and repair and adjusting your shifters. Come for these plus other maintenance tips. Bring your favorite bike and dress to get grubby. $18, register at getrec.org
 
Tuesday, May 14, 6-7pm
Bike Touring with Bruce Steinmetz
Come back with us to the ’80s and travel behind the Iron Curtain with a wandering cyclist as he experiences machine gun-toting border guards, toxic local beverages and boundless local kindness. Surprise destination: Eugene. Free.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 8:30am-4:30pm
Free Cup of Coffee for Bike Riders
Coming to Campbell Community Center? Bike and you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on us – no registration needed. Free.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 10am-12pm
Bike Riding for Fun & Fitness – Special Edition
Have you been looking for a bike group to join? Try out the Campbell Bike Group. Riders go 10-20 miles at a relaxed pace. Helmets required. Free.
 
Thursday, May 16, 10am-12pm
Eugene Bike Mural Tour
See the best of Eugene’s public art. We will go to see the latest 20x21 EUG Mural Project murals on bicycle. Bring your own bike and helmet. $11, register at getrec.org
 
Friday, May 17, 9:30am-1pm
Not Your Parent’s Bike Day
Recumbents? Tricycles? Hand cycles? Electric assist? Bike Share? Try all these at this bike demo. Try out our amazing fleet of bikes for people who can’t or don’t want to ride
standard bike frames. Free.

GEARs Fundraiser

 

Springfield Celebrates the BCC

Wheels by the Willamette Event
Friday, May 17th, 4 to 6 p.m.
Boat launch on the Northbank Path at Aspen and West D Street in Springfield
Open to the Community

The City of Springfield and Point2Point at LTD will host Wheels by the Willamette to promote walking and biking as healthy transportation options. The event features free bicycle safety checks provided by Ding Ding Cycles, bicycle and pedestrian materials, and snacks to support and appreciate people walking and riding in our community. There will be “bike blended smoothies” courtesy of Springfield Safe Routes to Schools. PeaceHealth Rides will have a bike share bicycle available for test rides.

This event supports the Business Commute Challenge and May is Bike Month. Attendees will be able to speak with current Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee members and learn about volunteering with bike safety education rides.

For more information, contact: Emma Newman, Senior Transportation Planner, 541.726.4585 or enewman@springfield-or.gov

Be Well. Be Empowered. NeighborRide

Tuesday, May 21, 9 a.m.
NeighborRide: A Bike Fit Workshop
Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard Street Eugene

It's a fact. People are living longer and healthier lives. AARP is committed to making that happen with a wide range of tips and programs for staying active, healthy eating and achieving mindfulness. Be empowered to be your best self. AARP is here to help you take on today–and every day with Real Possibilities.

Join AARP for a "Bike-Fit" class and explore options to get you back in the bike lane. Learn about PeaceHealth Rides bike share and adaptive cycling. Then join us for a short ride with GEARS. If you have one, bring your bike, if not we can provide one, and don't forget to bring a friend!

Register Here or call 1-877-926-8300

BEST Awards Dinner

Join Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation for the 1st Annual BEST Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 21st, at the Downtown Athletic Club.
 
Affectionately nicknamed the “BEST-ies,” the awards will recognize the individuals, teams, programs, or projects that have demonstrated excellence in improving the quality of transportation in our community.
 
An award will be presented in each of BEST’s three program areas: 1) Transportation Options, 2) Safe Streets, and 3) Walkable Neighborhoods.
 
The dinner will feature keynote speaker Mia Birk, who for 27 years has been at the forefront of active transportation, including co-founding and leading two firms, Alta Planning + Design and Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.. She also wrote Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.
 
To learn more, visit www.best-oregon.org/register. Early bird prices end on Friday, May 3, and the final deadline to register is Tuesday, May 14.

Become a Bike Friendly Business!

Lane County is a great place to ride, and bicyclists who live or travel in the area appreciate businesses that make their ride a little smoother.  Oregon is the first state to recognize and promote businesses that offer services geared toward cyclists.  There are two events coming up to share information about the free Travel Oregon program and help register local businesses as bike friendly. 
 
Springfield is hosting a Bike Friendly Business Movie Night Monday,
June 3, 6:30-8pm. Click here to RSVP by May 30th.
 
Eugene is hosting a Bike Friendly Business Breakfast Wednesday,
June 5, 7:30-9am.  Click here to RSVP by May 30th.
 
All eligible businesses are welcome to attend either event. Food and refreshments will be provided at both events. Click here for more information about the Travel Oregon program.
 
Want to support businesses that are already recognized as bike friendly? Check out a map of local bike friendly businesses.
Project Updates

Franklin Blvd Transformation Design Workshop #2


The Franklin Blvd Transformation project is hosting its second design workshop late May.  The City will hold an Open House from 3:30-6:30pm on Wednesday, May 29th in the Romania Building (2020 Franklin Boulevard).  Stop by anytime! 

The first workshop took place January 28th-31st and produced conceptual designs for what the future of Franklin Blvd might look like.  Since then, staff have been hard at work listening to community feedback, evaluating the design concepts and generating potential corridor alternatives.  The results of this work will be presented open-house style on the 29th, so that community feedback can assist in alternative refinement and making a decision on a final design. 

For additional information, please visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/Franklin or contact Larisa Varela, Associate Transportation Planner, at LVarela@eugene-or.gov or (541)682-6887.

Making It Happen! Planning Division Project Fair

Stop by the Downtown Library anytime between 4 and 7 pm on Wednesday, June 5, and learn about how the City is implementing Envision Eugene, our collective vision for how we will grow while preserving what we love about our community.
 
Making it Happen is a one-stop-shop project fair sponsored by City of Eugene Planning Division to share information and encourage the community’s involvement on over 15 projects currently underway throughout our community. Our first project fair was held last Fall, and it was such a success that we have expanded it! Projects and information from multiple departments will be featured, including Moving Ahead, Franklin Boulevard Redesign, and Central Eugene In Motion. Stop by after work or bring the family. Play games, enjoy snacks, or just check out some of the great work happening around the city! 
 
To learn more, visit Making It Happen for more information

Stay in the Know

South Bank Path Closure

Starting in mid-June, construction crews will close portions of the South Bank Path for two years, between the Peter DeFazio (near the EWEB fountain) and Dave and Lynn Frohnmayer (formerly the Autzen Bridge) bridges.

Crews will remove and replace the path as part of the Downtown Riverfront project, including a new park and other infrastructure improvements. Once that work is complete, people will be able to enjoy a new path through the park.

Closing the path will give crews space to safely work, as large construction equipment will be moving through the area.

Access to the path from 8th and Hilyard will also be closed during parts of 2019 and 2020. Crews will be preparing for and building a roundabout near the path. People are encouraged to use the DeFazio and Frohnmayer bridges to detour north through Alton Baker Park around the closure. There will also be a detour through downtown Eugene, which will be signed, however the route is still being finalized.

ODOT I-105 Construction Work

Bridges and ramps on I-105 between downtown Eugene and Delta Highway are more than 50 years old and in need of serious repairs and upgrades. ODOT’s I-105 Bridge Preservation Project will bring these bridges and ramps up to current standards.
 
Work continues, with some overlapping work areas for efficiency. Drivers should expect lane closures and changing traffic patterns as work continues preparing for the necessary ramp closures.
 
The 6th Avenue Ramp Closure Coming
Work continues on the 6th Ave on-ramp to eastbound I-105.  ODOT has been revising the ramp closure schedule to have the least impact to the community.  Work that does not require a ramp closure continues as the new schedule develops. The work that cannot be done without a fully closed ramp includes removing and replacing concrete slabs, which will need time to dry before the ramp can be reopened.  
 
ODOT Supports May Bike Month
ODOT is celebrating May Bike Month with the official launch of the PeaceHealth Rides Valley River Inn Station. Try out this new bike share station for a short ride to downtown Eugene via the bike path. Construction is also a great time to take advantage of public transit or carpool for your commute.
 
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Beaver-Hunsaker Improvement- Public Comments

Opportunity for Public Comment
 
The Central Lane MPO Metropolitan Policy Committee will hold a public hearing at their May 2, 2019 meeting (agenda and materials) starting at 11:30 AM at the City of Eugene Library. You may comment in person at the public hearing or in writing by mailing, emailing, or faxing your comments prior to the hearings.

The public hearing will consider a request from Lane County for $600,000 of federal Highway Improvement Program (HIP) funds to provide short-term improvements on the Beaver-Hunsaker corridor to address safety concerns escalated by a pedestrian fatality in January 2019. The county has requested an expedited process.

A public hearing will be held at the May 2, 2019 meeting of the Metropolitan Policy Committee (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, City of Eugene Library, Bascom-Tykeson Rm.). And public comments will be accepted through May 1, 2019.

More Information
Review copies are also available at Lane Council of Governments, 859 Willamette, Suite 500, (on weekdays, office closed during the noon hour). Material in alternate formats can be arranged given sufficient notice by calling 541-682-4283.
 
Comment online via LaneVoices
 
Comment in person at:
Metropolitan Policy Committee
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday, May 2, 2019
City of Eugene Library Bascom Tykeson Room
100 W 10th Avenue

Public Works Day

 
It’s fun! It’s free! It’s Public Works Day! The annual open house offers a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways Public Works serves our community. This year’s event includes a newly redesigned Tiny Town where kids can practice bicycle safety. The event will be held May 16th at the Public Works Yard, 1820 Roosevelt Blvd.

Learn about Parks and Open Space, Airport, Wastewater, Stormwater, Engineering and Maintenance. With special guests from the City of Eugene Police and Fire Departments.
  • Climb aboard the big trucks
  • Try out the Traffic Garden bike & pedestrian safety area
  • Participate in hands-on activities
  • Meet stormwater ambassador Lily the frog
  • Watch staff demonstrate specialized equipment
Register your group or class here. Convenient bus, van and bicycle parking is available. LTD also has a bus stop right across from the yard’s main entrance.

Responsible Alcohol Sales Training 

Springfield Responsible Alcohol Sales Training
Safe Lane Coalition and Lane County Public Health are looking for owners or managers of alcohol and service establishments in Springfield to attend a Responsible Alcohol Sales Training facilitated by OLCC on June 25th. The training provides guidelines on how to recognize fake identification, handle problematic situations, identify signs of intoxication and prevent over-serving.
 
The RAST training enhances the cooperation between the sales and service industry, the community and local and state governments. Establishments have responsibilities for proper sales and service of alcohol in their communities and certified training reinforces that responsibility. Training can also reduce personal liability and risk in the case of a lawsuit or injury as well as possible protection from legal consequences.
Visit Safe Lane Coalition for details and registration information

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Community Calendar
Be sure and check out all of the amazing
May is Bike Month events at WeBikeLane.org
Here are a few other events as well:

 
Active Transportation Committee (ATC) Meeting
Date: Thursday, May 9th
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Atrium Sloat Room 99 W. 10th Ave.
Agenda: West Bank Path Paving and Lighting Project; Alder Street Traffic Calming Project
 
Webinar: Maintaining Green Infrastructure-Hints for Success
Date: May 15th
Time: Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
 
Webinar: "Rules of the Road" for Personal Transportation Devices (E-scooters, Segways, hoverboards, and more).
Date: May 21st
Time: 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
See You There!

Cycling for All!

The City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation has a variety of adaptive bikes available for any community member in the greater Eugene area. Staff at the Hilyard Community Center provide assessments, fittings, and consultation for adults and children who may need adaptations to standard upright 2-wheeled bikes. Adaptive bikes available include recumbents, trikes, hand cycles, and tandems. These bikes are helpful for those who have challenges with balance, coordination, stamina, mobility, and vision. After an assessment is completed, the bikes are available for rent. Rental rates are $5/ ½ hour, $10/hour, $40/day, $50/weekend, $100/week and long-term rentals can be negotiated. To learn more about the bikes and get involved, contact Carly Schmidt, 541-682-5311, cschmidt@eugene-or.gov
 

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

 

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.


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, click here.

 

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