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News to Move You - October 2022

 
LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
Sunday in the Park
Get There Challenge
PeaceHealth Rides Pro-Tip Tuesday

FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITIES
30th Avenue Transportation Plan
GET INVOLVED
Youth Advisory Committee
Shift Community Cycles Workshops
Job Opportunities

WHAT'S HAPPENING
Resources & Tips
Transportation Project Updates
Community Calendar
LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday in the Park


Looking for FUN, FOOD, and FREE Helmets? Join us for Sunday in the Park on Sun, Oct 2, from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Amazon Community Center.  

Here's your chance to celebrate the end of summer with SmartTrips Eugene! This mini-festival in the park is fun-and-free focused, with plenty to do at no cost to you! Show up ready to move with activities by Healthy Moves, a pop-up dance party with DJ Rortron, and a bike skills course with Safe Routes to School. If you're feeling silly, capture the moment with a Photo Booth by Delene & Co. 

FREE bike valet will be provided by Cascadia Mobility for those of you who ride your own bikes to the event. Local vendors are joining us, so enjoy some food and drink from Red Five Hot Dogs and Just Ice Shaved Ice! Haven’t ridden that bike in a while? Bring it down for a FREE bike wash from Shift Community Cycles. You'll also have the opportunity to register your bike with Bike Index and get all the latest information on e-Bike rebates from EWEB. 

Get There Challenge

 

Are you ready to get active, save gas money, and win prizes?
Join the Get There Challenge, October 3-16!

The Get There Challenge helps Oregonians drive less and use transportation options more. Now in its 10th year, the Challenge has helped to reduce traffic and emissions across the state, making Oregon a better place to live, work, and play.

The Get There Challenge is happening Oct. 3 through Oct. 16. Challenge participants can log transportation options trips and remote work, plus unlock all kinds of fun and knowledge-building achievements for the chance to win great prizes.

Anyone age 18 or older who lives and/or works in Oregon can join the Get There Challenge at any time, Oct. 3-16, by visiting GetThereOregon.org. 

To celebrate 10 years, the Get There Challenge will offer 10 different transportation options achievements participants can unlock online at GetThereOregon.org to earn badges and points toward weekly and grand prize drawings. Achievements include logging trips, sharing your challenge story, optimizing your home office, and more.

Plus, grand prize winners will receive one of two $500 Visa cash cards or $1,500 toward a custom Bike Friday folding bike.

Get started now:

The Challenge is powered by Get There Connect, a trip planning and ridematching tool. Get There is a program of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

PeaceHealth Rides Pro-Tip Tuesdays

Follow PeaceHealth Rides on Social Media!

Want to learn the fastest way to get around town or campus? Or what a car-lite lifestyle is really like? How about tips on how to use bike share?  

Then follow @peacehealthrides on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok for Pro Tip Tuesdays!

This past month, Cascadia Mobility, the nonprofit operators of PeaceHealth Rides, have been producing short 1-minute pro tip video reels with tips to save you time and get you started with bike share! Join Al Hongo, Director of Operations at Cascadia Mobility each week as he shows you the latest bike share pro tip and guides you to become a more confident bike share rider. 

Want to ensure you're always getting the latest information from PeaceHealth Rides? Remember to follow @PeaceHealthRides.

FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITIES

30th Avenue Active Transportation Plan

Public Hearing TODAY, Wednesday September 28th
Via Microsoft Teams at 5:30pm
After 18 months of community involvement and technical analysis, Lane County has developed a draft recommended design concept for making East 30th Avenue between Agate Street and McVay Highway safer for people driving, walking, biking, and taking transit, including the following elements:
  • Restripe the pavement and install concrete barriers to create a protected walking and biking path along the south side of 30th Avenue
  • Replace the signalized T-intersection of 30th Avenue/Eldon Schafer Drive with a roundabout
  • Create new intersections with left-turn lanes at Forest Boulevard and Bloomberg Road.
At the meeting, the Lane County Transportation Advisory Committee (TrAC) will receive a presentation from the project team, accept public comments, and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for their final decision.
GET INVOLVED

Lane Youth Transportation Advisory Council

Call for Members

Do you know an individual between the ages of 13-19 that has an interest in transportation, sustainability, and creative solutions? The Lane Youth Transportation Advisory Council (LYTAC) will work together to support better mobility for people of all ages in their community. Members will collaborate with Safe Routes to School, local government staff and elected officials on improving our region’s transportation system. Members will have leadership opportunities and be provided with training to support them as they develop projects in the community.  

Prospective members may apply online at Safe Routes Lane County, applications will be accepted through November 20th, 2022. For an alternative application format and all other questions, contact Megan Shull: mshull@lcog.org / 541-682-4023. 

Shift Community Cycles Workshops

Are you interested in honing your bicycle mechanic skills, whether you are just getting started or a seasoned wrencher? Shift Community Cycles will be hosting a variety of bicycle mechanics classes and workshops this winter season that you won't want to miss.
 
Shift Community Cycles' next workshop is Tubeless Setup & Maintenance, to be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. For a registration fee of $30, you will be able to observe a demonstration of set up and maintenance for your tubeless system. If you have your own tubeless ready wheels at home that you would like to set up during this class, email us to register and together we will make a plan for your setup.
 
This workshop has a limited number of spots, so act now if you are interested! Email shiftcommunitycycles@gmail.com to register and for any questions.
 
To stay informed on upcoming classes and workshops being offered, make sure to follow Shift Community Cycles on Facebook.

Seeking Applications for
MUPTE Review Panel

The City Manager is accepting applications for 4 technical representative seats on the review panel for the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) program. The open seats are:  

  • architect/green building specialist
  • building trades union (must be a union member or have a written recommendation from a building trades union)
  • developer
  • human rights representative (must be a member of a human rights organization or have a written recommendation from a human rights organization).  

The panel provides a third-party review of the MUPTE program and reviews new applications, ongoing compliance, and the overall program. The panel is comprised of neighborhood representatives and six technical members selected by the City Manager. Members serve for 3-year terms. The deadline to apply for the committee is Friday, October 21, 2022. To apply please submit a letter of interest and provide evidence of technical expertise (including seat-specific requirements, see above) to Dylan Huber-Heidorn at dhuber-heidorn@eugene-or.gov.  
 
The MUPTE program encourages higher density housing and redevelopment by providing a tax exemption for up to 10-years on qualified, new multi-unit housing that occur within a targeted area, meet program requirements, and are reviewed and approved by Council. For more information on the program, visit www.eugene-or.gov/MUPTE.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
 
RESOURCES & TIPS

MOVINGAHEAD FAQ

Community members are asking questions about MovingAhead: What is it? Who is behind it? What will it do? Who will pay for it?

In response, Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST) has assembled a frequently asked questions (FAQ) sheet presenting the facts and dispelling misconceptions.

E-BIKE REBATE FROM EWEB

EWEB is now offering a $300 rebate to residential electric customers with an active account or an authorized individual under the account. The E-bike rebate program was recently updated to allow for TWO rebates per household!

Apply for the Rebate

EUGENE DMV MOVED

The Eugene DMV office is moving to its new permanent home at Valley River Center and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 6 in its new building just off the Greenway bike bridge on the southwest side of the mall parking lot. The new address is 499 Valley River Center.

REPORT HAZARDS

Report issues and dangerous hazards — such as broken glass, debris, leaves, potholes, parked cars, flooding, and non-functioning street lights — directly to City staff at the links below. You can also use the iBikeEug web-based app to quickly report bike lane hazards and issues.

ONLINE: eugene-or.gov/servicerequest
PHONE: 541-682-4800 (during regular business hours)

TRANSPORTATION PROJECT UPDATES

Signal Change at 13th Ave. and Patterson St.

The City of Eugene continues to make improvements to the 13th Avenue Protected Bikeway, including improving signal timing, recognition, and phasing. In the past few months those changes have included work to improve recognition on the video detection for groups of cyclists as well as adding a phase for east and west bound cyclists both before and after the vehicle phase (when necessary).

Another major improvement has been to allow a concurrent signal for people biking and people driving at Patterson & 13th by restricting turns for bikes. The signal now allows people biking to proceed straight through the green light at the same time as people walking and people driving, resulting in increased green time for all road users.

The signal change required making the bike signal a straight only signal, meaning people biking can no longer turn onto Patterson Street using the bike signal. If you do need to turn onto Patterson Street while biking, you can use the crosswalks (yielding to pedestrians).

Pearl Street at 5th Street Market

Shared Street and Enhanced Crossings


You may have noticed construction on Pearl Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. As a key southbound bike corridor from 5th Avenue, the street closure impacts cyclists in town. We recommend using Willamette Street to Broadway as a detour. This construction on Pearl Street will result in a shared street with enhanced crossings to link together 5th Street Market.

Fern Ridge Path Repairs

Path Closed September - November, 2022

The Fern Ridge Path will be closed, from Hayes Street to City View Street, for repairs to a damaged section of path. The project will replace the heavily cracked section of path between access points on 13th and 14th Avenue. The concrete path will be resurfaced and adjacent light poles will eventually be upgraded to LED to increase visibility. Work will require a full closure of the path between Hayes St and City View with a signed detour in place. People are encouraged to use the signed detour route on Hayes Street, 13th Avenue and Arthur Street. Additional project info can be found here. 

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 TripCheck.com
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Sunday in the Park
Sunday, October 2nd
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Amazon Community Center

Looking for FUN, FOOD and FREE Helmets? Join us for Sunday in the Park! FREE bike valet will be provided by Cascadia Mobility for those of you who ride your own bikes to the event. Enjoy food and drink form several vendors, including Red Five Hot Dogs and Just Ice Shaved Ice! Haven’t ridden that bike in a while? Bring it down for a FREE bike wash from Shift Community Cycles. Safe Routes to School will be providing a bike skills and safety course for kids to practice riding. Healthy Moves will be there to get you moving with fun activities.

This Family-fun and FREE mini-festival in the park is the perfect way to end the summer! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Transportation Day at UO

Tuesday, October 4th
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Condon Lawn at University of Oregon
 
The University of Oregon Outdoor Program will be hosting its annual UO Transportation Day with other local transportation-based organizations on October 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM on the Condon Lawn on campus. This 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, Student Sustainability Center, LTD, City of Eugene, Cascadia Mobility, UO Transportation Services, Duck Rides, LCOG, and more will be offering materials and resources to aid in making transportation more accessible to the Eugene community. Stop by for free stickers, bike repairs, free bike lights, bike share demos, and a chance to win some prizes by entering the raffle! 
 

Learn to Ride

Friday, October 7th
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
4J District Office parking lot
200 North Monroe Street

Do you or your child want to learn how to ride a bike? Get the instruction and practice needed to balance and glide before trying pedaling in order to take that next step with skills and confidence. Some will learn to pedal in one session, while others may need to participate in future events or practice on your own to reach that final goal. Regardless, we’ll send you away with new skills and with activities to work on to continue to make progress. 

Join Safe Routes to School, Cascadia Mobility, the City of Eugene, and Shift Community Cycles for this fun event with pedal-powered smoothies, bike checks, information about bike share, and possibly a chance to head to the streets for some traffic safety instruction and experience in a group setting. You don’t need your own bike to participate, but please bring a helmet and bike if you have one.

New Belgium Bike Giveaway
Saturday, October 8th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Bier Stein

 
Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K), The Bier Stein, and New Belgium have teamed up to giveaway a New Belgium bike, and raise money for distributing free bikes to kids in our community! After a month of events and raffle ticket collection, one lucky winner will be going home with a beautiful New Belgium Bike!

It's not too late to enter the drawing! You can still acquire more tickets by drinking New Belgium Beer and purchasing raffle tickets that benefit Free Bikes 4 Kidz.

Between drawings see the New Belgium rep and try some carefully curated offerings.

Every half hour will bring new raffle prizes, ending with the bike giveaway at 9pm!!!!
**You must be present to win!**
Shift Community Cycles
Tubeless Workshop
Tuesday, October 11th
6:00 p.m.
Shift Community Cycles
370 W 1st Ave.

Shift Community Cycles' next workshop is Tubeless Setup & Maintenance, to be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. For a registration fee of $30, you will be able to observe a demonstration of set up and maintenance for your tubeless system. If you have your own tubeless ready wheels at home that you would like to set up during this class, email us to register and together we will make a plan for your setup.
 
This workshop has a limited number of spots, so act now if you are interested! Email shiftcommunitycycles@gmail.com to register and for any questions.

To stay informed on upcoming classes and workshops being offered, make sure to follow Shift Community Cycles on Facebook.

Active Transportation
Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 13th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Online
 
The Active Transportation Committee advises the City of Eugene Transportation Planning Team and community organizations and partners. Join ATC meetings with the Zoom link, or watch them live on YouTube. Meetings are open to the public: the public will be provided with opportunities to speak at the beginning of each meeting. Stay tuned for potential in-person (and livestreamed) meetings starting in May. 

Agenda topics: 
ScanDesign Study Abroad Share-back
ThinkBike Reflection/Debrief
Franklin Blvd Update
Bike Route Detour Design
Willamette Street Walkthrough Debrief

Join with Zoom 
Meeting ID: 936 7151 8661 
Phone dial in: 888 475 4499 
International numbers: available here

Disability Justice

Thursday, October 13th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

On the second Thursday of each month Adaptive Rec will offer a virtual session that covers a different topic related to disability or disability support for families and caregivers. This month will explore disability justice and its origins. The meeting will also address 10 principles of disability justice and how they can be used to help dismantle ableism.

To join, you must first register for the event. A link will then be sent via email. 

rEV Up!

Monday, October 17th
7:00 p.m. online on Zoom

Curious about electric cars? Have questions, need answers about EVs? Want to find out more about rebates, tax credits, and other savings?

Attend a rEV Up! Workshop

These free, informational workshops are led by experienced EV owners, and are designed to cover the basic information you need to decide whether driving an electric car is for you. The workshops cover such topics as:
  • Benefits of owning an EV
  • Key considerations in shopping for an EV
  • Range, batteries, and charging
  • Financial incentives
Workshops are currently offered by Zoom video conference. Be sure to register HERE so that you receive the link to join.

Recurring Events

Walk It Off with the Y
All Month Long
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

 
Free walking events every Wednesday at Alton Baker Park through August 31st from 5:30-6:30pm. These walks are to encourage fun and fitness throughout the summer. Themes include “day at the beach” and “crazy hat day” Meet at Alton Baker Park by the shelter and register ahead of time here: www.eugeneymca.org/events/walk-it-y
Wednesday Wheelers
All Month Long
Wednesdays 
 
Every week, this group of wheelchair users meets to explore paths and trails throughout Eugene.

Want to join the next ride? Call Hilyard Community Center at 541-682-5311 for details.
City of Eugene Transportation
City of Eugene Transportation Planning
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Contact City of EugeneTransportation: inmotion@ci.eugene.or.us 

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