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News to Move You. November 2019
It’s that time of year again, the end of Daylight Savings happened this weekend and hopefully you enjoyed your extra hour of the weekend. This transition does grant us an extra hour of light in the morning, but at the expense of an hour of light in the evening.

The time change, and its accompanying impact of daylight hours, can be dangerous for people using the roads. Sunset will now occur before or during the traditional after-work evening commute, affecting visibility. Persons walking and biking are especially vulnerable during dark conditions so pay extra attention as you drive. Traffic data from the Vision Zero planning process show that in Eugene, over the course of a 24-hour day, the number of overall traffic collisions that occur spike between the hours of 5pm and 6pm. The same is true for the number of traffic related deaths and life-changing injuries.

In November of 2015, the Eugene City Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution that set as official policy the Vision Zero goal that no loss of life or serious injury on Eugene's transportation system is acceptable. To help us achieve our goal of Zero, please always remember to use the roads safely, but especially after the time change. Be extra alert as you drive and remember lights and reflective material as you walk and roll to help your visibility. And always, whatever method of transportation you utilize, be aware of your surroundings.

Featured Article

Community News

ATC Recruitment
E-Scooter Survey
Street Names
Drivers Ed Instructors
 

Project Updates
SRTS- Marshall Avenue
 

Stay in the Know

BPAC Springfield

Community Calendar

See You There

-Featured Monthly Article-

Central Eugene In Motion Open House
 

The Central Eugene in Motion open house will be held in the Campbell Senior Center (155 High Street), from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19th.
 
At the November 19 meeting, staff will unveil alternatives for each of the three sub areas being analyzed in the study. Meeting participants will have the opportunity to discuss study findings directly with staff at the open house as well as participate online through the City’s online engagement platform Engage Eugene.
 
To date, people have submitted more than one thousand comments through stakeholder meetings, online mapping and surveys, the July 10 Open House, and a series of focus groups with stakeholders.
 
For more information about the Central Eugene in Motion study, visit engage.eugene-or.gov/CentralEugeneInMotion.
 

Why is this project happening? Watch a video highlighting the timing of the study and what's driving the discussion.
Community News

City of Eugene Seeks New
Active Transportation Committee Members


The City of Eugene seeks residents who are interested in serving on the Active Transportation Committee (ATC).  Recruitment is underway to fill vacancies for two year terms beginning January 2020.  Applicants must reside within Eugene’s Urban Growth Boundary and willing to attend monthly meetings and read background materials provided by city staff.  Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.
 
The purpose of the ATC is: (1) to advise the City of Eugene staff and community organizations and partners on implementation of Eugene’s Active Transportation Strategy; (2) to represent community and constituent interests in transportation planning decisions; and, (3) to provide feedback to staff on projects relating to walking and bicycling.
ATC members play a vital role in implementing walking and biking projects in the Transportation System Plan which will shape the future of the pedestrian and bicycling system for the next 20 years and make Eugene an even greater place for people who walk, bike, skateboard, ride the bus or use other mobility devices.
 
The on-line application is available here.
 
The deadline for submitting applications is November 15, 2019.  After this date, staff will review the applications and invite selected candidates to interviews which will be scheduled in early December.    
For more information, contact Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker at 541-682-5471 or lshoemaker@eugene-or.gov.

Survey for E-Scooter Pilot Program

The City of Eugene is working to create and implement an E-Scooter Pilot Program for shared-use scooters (think bike-share, but with scooters). In order to lay the foundation for the pilot, however, several things need to happen first. This includes making changes to city code, establishing criteria for selecting e-scooter companies, and creating regulations to govern how and where e-scooters may operate. Currently, the program is predicted to launch in spring 2020.

The City is asking for community feedback about e-scooters and how they may potentially operate in Eugene. Your feedback will be used to help inform how we review e-scooter operators' permit applications and ultimately which company(ies) we select to operate in Eugene. Additionally, it will be used to establish rules and regulations for where and how scooters and other micro-mobility options operate within Eugene’s city limits. Please take a minute to complete this survey and share your input.Survey closes November 17th.

For additional information, please visit the Engage Eugene Scooter page or contact Karen Mason at KMason@eugene-or.gov or (541) 682-5260.

Street Name Finalists

Thank you to all of those who weighed in on the Downtown Riverfront street name finalists! Initially people shared more than 1,100 street name ideas for the Downtown Riverfront development. Those ideas were narrowed to 12 choices. People then picked which ones they liked best.

Here are the top six:*

  • Annie Mims/Mims - 387
  • NakNak - 379
  • Wiley Griffon - 376
  • Akawan - 223
  • Cannery - 195
  • Chifin - 166

The results will be given to the Mayor who will help make the final decision of the final three. We'll share the final street names once they're selected!

Thanks again to all who helped in this fun project. You can see the final results on the Engage Eugene site.

*The majority of these votes were cast using this online tool. Totals also reflect additional votes collected at local events and by phone.

Lane County Driver Education Initiative
Seeking Driver Education Instructors

The Lane County Driver Education Initiative (Teens Driving Safely – Lane County) is part of Lane County’s Transportation Safety Action Plan which is working towards zero deaths on our roadways.    To reach this goal, Teens Driving Safely is recruiting new driver education instructors.  There will be a hybrid (in-person and online) course held in Eugene at Lane ESD starting December 21, 2019.
 
To become a driver education instructor, the following criteria must be met:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have the ability to obtain a current First Aid & CPR certification prior to teaching students.
  • Hold a valid Oregon driver license, or a license from a state adjacent to Oregon if the person is a legal resident of that state and has had valid driving privileges for at least three years.
  • Meet these driving record qualifications:
    • Not more than one driver improvement violation within the preceding 12 months or more than two within the preceding 24 months.
    • No drug or alcohol-related traffic violation, conviction or infraction within the preceding five years.
    • No driver's license suspension, cancellation, revocation or denial within the preceding three years.
  • Not have a conviction for any of the crimes listed in OAR 737-015-0070 (A criminal history check is required before beginning the training program).
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education every two years.
  • Teach a minimum of 30-hours in an ODOT-TSD approved program every two years.
  • Individuals employed by a commercial driving school may be subject to additional requirements.

Private driving schools in Lane County have immediate openings and offer competitive wages.  To learn more and to sign up to become a driver education instructor, please visit: http://triwou.org/projects/tse.  You will be asked to pay for your materials and criminal background check ($145) and you will need to have the use of a laptop to complete coursework.
 

Project Updates

SRTS Project- Marshall Avenue Traffic Calming


As part of a Safe Routes to School project, the City of Eugene will next summer install traffic calming speed cushions on Marshall Avenue between Echo Hollow Rd. and Hughes St. Safer intersection crossing enhancements at Taney Street are also planned.  Safe Routes to School projects make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school.  Join us for a community meeting to learn about the traffic calming proposal on Marshall Avenue. The meeting will be Wednesday, November 6th, 7 p.m., at Malabon Elementary School (1380 Taney St.).
 
A series of 11 traffic calming speed cushions will be placed on Marshall Avenue with this project. Speed cushions are traffic calming devices that are grooved to allow passage of emergency vehicles but slow down people who are speeding. For additional project information, please visit: eugene-or.gov/4249
 
For more information about the traffic calming or crosswalk project, contact Lee Shoemaker, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, at 541-682-5471 or lshoemaker@eugene-or.gov.
 
For project construction information, contact Rachel Love at 541-682-5477 or RLove@eugene-or.gov.
Stay in the Know

Safe Routes to Cuteness

Wondering how cute a whole class of kindergarteners are on balance bikes?
Come help in a Learn to Ride session in PE classes across Eugene 4J to find out!
<Spoiler Alert> SUPER CUTE!

Sign up here or contact the 4J Safe Routes to School program for details at mazze_s@4j.lane.edu or 541 516-0887.

2019 Get There Challenge Results

This year more than 500 local community members participated in the statewide Get There Challenge. For two weeks, October 7 – 21, local participants reported 9,436 transportation options trips (bus, bike, walk, carpool, vanpool and telework) for a total of 94,058 non-drive-alone miles! These trips resulted in a savings of 26.9 tons of CO2 and nearly a million of calories burned!

Thanks to wonderful local sponsors Unique Eugene, Dutch Bros, University of Oregon, and Valley Vanpool, we were able to provide nearly 200 prizes to our amazing participants.

Statewide the Get There Challenge had over 2,265 participants, who logged 37,962 alternative trips for a total of 339,820 non-drive-alone miles resulting in a savings of 95.3 tons of CO2!

Visit GetThereOregon.org to learn about your options and to track trips throughout the year and see the savings continue to grow!

These are preliminary results and are subject to change

The City of Springfield is currently seeking applications from Springfield residents to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC); applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., December 13. The City will fill four to 10 positions on the Committee from the applications received by the deadline.
 
The Committee advises City of Springfield staff and partner agencies on bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs, and facilities. The Committee meets approximately six times each year on Tuesday evenings and candidates will be appointed to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2020.
 
Applicants should have an interest in promoting walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation in Springfield.  The City would like to have a diverse representation on the committee, including, but not limited to, youth, seniors, people with mobility, hearing, sight, or cognitive disabilities, and mountain and BMX bicycle riders.
 
More information about the committee is available at http://www.springfield-or.gov/city/development-public-works/bicycle-and-pedestrian-advisory-committee/.
 
 
Who: Springfield residents within Springfield’s Urban Growth Boundary can apply
When: Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., December 13
Where: Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield or online at springfield-or.gov
 
For more information, contact: Emma Newman, Senior Transportation Planner, 541.726.4585, enewman@springfield-or.gov.

Community Calendar
Marshall Avenue Traffic Calming Public Meeting
Date: Wednesday, November 6th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Malabon Elementary School (1380 Taney St.)

As part of a Safe Routes to School project, the City of Eugene will next summer install traffic calming speed cushions on Marshall Avenue between Echo Hollow Rd. and Hughes St. Safer intersection crossing enhancements at Taney Street are also planned.  Safe Routes to School projects make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school.  Join us for a community meeting to learn about the traffic calming proposal on
Marshall Avenue. For additional project information, please visit: eugene-or.gov/4249
Climate Revolutions By Bike - Reflecting on Climate Revolutions Rides
Date: Sunday, November 10
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe Park, 954 Monroe Street, Eugene

Bike friends, Climate Revolutions By Bike has been riding together for 8 months starting last March. We are reflecting on our evolution and all of the fellow bike riders and Earth champions we have met. We have acquired name recognition (Climate Revolutions By Bike? I’ve heard of you guys!) and our aim is a growing outpouring of hundreds and thousands of riders in the streets. Woot!

And speaking of reflecting... Our November bike ride will start at Monroe Park and we’ll travel to an indoor meeting spot for tea and snacks. Bring your favorite high visibility and reflective gear to share with the group; we’ll have some items from bike shops to share, too. Eat, chat and …reflectorize! We’ll have reflective tape and stickers on hand so you can light up your bike and gear and be more visible in this early-darkness time of year. All ages and abilities; there is a play space for kids, too!

Come out for the ride and leave all aglow. See you at the ride!

Climate Revolutions by Bike is a grassroots movement that aims to decrease dependence on fossil fuels by creating a fun and growing bike culture and community. Our monthly (second Sunday of every month) around-town community rides are family friendly, inclusive and free. Visit our Facebook page for more information,
Pumpkin Pie & Planning
Date: Wednesday, November 13th
Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm, Presentation and group discussion at 6:00 pm
Location: North Eugene High School Cafeteria

The River Road and Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan is hosting a celebration this November! Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of socializing and learning. The neighborhood plan action items will be available for review and you are encouraged to provide feedback and discuss the next steps as we move toward the adoption phase of the plan. Provide your input on draft actions related to the plan's five topic areas--land use planning, transportation, economic development, parks and natural resources, and community. Come to enjoy refreshments and fun fall-themed activities while getting involved with envisioning the future of the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods!

Active Transportation Committee Meeting
Date: Thursday, November 14th
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Atrium Sloat Room 99 W 10th Ave. at Olive

Agenda: Electric Scooters; Active Transportation Committee Recruitment

Webinar:  From Confrontation to Partnership: City Regulation of Micromobility
Date: Friday, November 15th
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by at 15-30 discussion
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
 
It has been more than two years since shared scooters first appeared in Santa Monica, California and more than four years since the first dockless bikeshare bikes appeared in China. As shared micromobility has experimented in its deployment and operations across the globe, cities have also been experimenting with ways to regulate and manage this phenomenon in a way that best achieves public outcomes. But how do we best protect individual rights' while still protecting the right-of-way?
 
Michael Schwartz will discuss experiences from cities with micromobility programs and considerations for agency staff and elected officials when launching and overseeing a program, including: data sharing and privacy, goal setting, approval approach, equity targets, caps, fees, safety, and approaches for minimizing negative impacts.

 
 
Webinar:  They Didn't Give Up at the Intersection
Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by at 15-30 discussion
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
 
Even as protected bike lanes expanded by more than 6X across North America since 2011, intersections continue to be where otherwise comfortable bike networks often break down. In 2017, 43% of bicyclist fatalities occurred at crossings. On many streets, large turn radii and wide lanes encourage drivers to make sweeping, fast turns. These design decisions increase exposure and risk for people walking and biking, reduce the safety and comfort of the bike network, and discourage cycling. Join this webinar to hear from staff in Memphis and New York City who have designed innovative intersections that make their streets safer and more welcoming for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. We'll also introduce Don't Give Up at the Intersection, NACTO's guidance for designing intersections that increase road safety, improve legibility for traffic operations, and--crucially--stitch together gaps in bike networks caused by uncontrolled crossings.

Central Eugene In Motion Open House
Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Campbell Senior Center (155 High Street)

We will unveil concept designs at the open house for the three key areas. People will have the opportunity to weigh in on the design alternatives at the open house and on Engage Eugene. Project-area design alternatives and analysis (trade-offs and transportation modeling results) will be available for review and comment. More information here
Webinar:  Aging in Place: Designing Communities to Support Mobility.
Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m., followed by at 15-30 discussion
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
 
One of the greatest challenges for maintaining the health and independence of our aging population is designing communities that provide accessible connections to support the changing mobility needs of our elders. Designing communities with the senior in mind can provide improved opportunities for healthy transportation while preserving independence and dignity for people who wish to age in place. What’s more, communities that work for our eldest populations benefit users of all abilities.
See You There!

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.

 

Click Here to Volunteer for Eugene Parks and Open Space

Click Here for Bike Registration With Eugene Police Department

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

 

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