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News to Move You - September 2022

 
LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
ThinkBike Workshop
Path Etiquette
Art in the Right-of-Way


GET INVOLVED
Springfield BPAC
Statewide SRAC
Job Opportunities
BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS
Try Your Route
#DriveLikeIt

FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITIES
2022 Community Survey

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

ThinkBike Workshop
with the Dutch Cycling Embassy


International expertise alert! Eugene is hosting Dutch planning professionals represented by the Dutch Cycling Embassy for a three-day ThinkBike Workshop this September. The Dutch Cycling Embassy visits cities around the world to share Dutch expertise and technology. As the world's number one cycling country, knowledge from The Netherlands helps facilitate cycling as the most modern, efficient and sustainable method of transport.
 
Eugene is part of a larger movement to implement Dutch-inspired transportation solutions across the country! Our ThinkBike event will be happening at the same time as two others, one in Reno, NV and the other in Santa Cruz, CA. You can read about the larger context for Eugene’s participation in ThinkBike here.

The biking network in Eugene continues to expand, and the ThinkBike Workshop is going to push our momentum to the next level.

Join us Tuesday evening, September 13th, at 6pm at Drop Bear Brewery (2690 Willamette Street) for a short film screening, public talk, and panel discussion with Dutch planners Roland Kager and Sjors van Duren. They will focus on the topics of infrastructure and network design, combining cycling and public transport, traffic calming and circulation, and policies and budgets to prioritize cycling. We’ll also be joined by Dutch Cycling Embassy’s Chris Bruntlett, co-author of the new book Curbing Traffic. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the world’s premiere experts! 

Path Etiquette 


More people than ever are using Eugene's multi-use path system! Along with the joy of seeing our community thrive, we are also facing safety concerns when the paths are crowded. When each person does their part to respect path rules, we can keep them a space that everyone enjoys.

To address the concerns in the community, keep your eye out for permanent (speed and safety) signs coming soon. Remember, go a safe speed when others are around, and never exceed 20 mph. If walking, make sure to stay on the right side of the path, with dogs and children under control. Check out our path etiquette video below for all the tips on using the paths properly. 

E-Bikes, One-Wheels and More:
There’s more people on our paths!

Art in the Right-of-Way

Street Mural Installations this Summer 

A recent study has confirmed what many cities have been reporting for a while: when murals are painted on city streets, safety improves for everyone. Specifically, the study found a: 

  • 50% decrease in car crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists 

  • 27% increase in drivers yielding to pedestrians 

  • 37% decrease in crashes resulting in injuries 

This summer, City staff coordinated with the Whiteaker Community Council and a group of neighbors within the Friendly Neighborhood to produce ten street murals that would inform a potential city-wide street mural program. View the completed murals online or visit them in person on foot or bike using this map. The Whiteaker Art Walk will also be hosting a mural tour on Friday night, September 30th! More details will be coming soon on the Whiteaker Art Walk Facebook page

The City provided a safety review of the art (to ensure it would be unlikely to confuse people driving or in any way violate local laws) as well as traffic control and insurance coverage for the safety of all volunteers during the painting process. The neighborhood organizers were required to share their proposed artwork with residents within two blocks of each mural site and address any comments, concerns, or suggestions. 

As the CDC grant required the Whiteaker Community Council’s murals to have a “vaccine confidence” theme, there was some initial controversy within the neighborhood, but the art—once installed—seemed to please most everyone. Neighbors gathered to pitch in painting and cleaning the streets, making food for the volunteers, and some brought out their lawn chairs or biked around enjoying the installation-related street closures. 

GET INVOLVED

Join the Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

Apply by September 16th! The City of Springfield is accepting applications for five or six voting member positions on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applicants must live with the City of Springfield Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The Committee advises city staff and partner agencies on bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs, and facilities. The Committee meets approximately six times each year during even numbered months, with subcommittee meetings on the alternating months. Candidates will be appointed to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2023.

Learn more and apply here! 

Join the Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee (SRAC)

Apply by September 15th! Are you passionate about the ability to walk and roll safely in the State of Oregon - and helping our children do the same? The Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee has identified expertise and experience that is missing in the current committee and is looking to add 3-4 new members! Ideal candidates will enhance the committee by bringing a younger perspective (ages 16 – 24), experience as a person with a disability and/or with different cultural or ethnic approaches, and/or perspective as someone in the health field.

Timeline and process: The application will be open August 1 through September 15. Staff will follow up with applicants in September. A sub-committee of the Safe Routes to School Advisory committee will recommend 3-4 new members to ODOT’s director in October. New members will begin their term in January of 2023. 

Access the online application in English and in Spanish here.

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS

Regardless of how you and/or your kiddos get to school, make sure to test out the route in advance. Going from the summer to fall routines can take longer than expected. Allow ample time to adjust to the new school commute. Here are some ideas to consider for your trip to school: 

Bike: Get prepared for returning to school by trying the bike ride before class begins. Pick up a free Eugene/Springfield bike map at a bike shop, the library, or online to help decide your route. Biking is a great way to get some exercise into your day and to reduce your family's impact on the climate.

Walk: Walking is a great way to get to school and get some fresh air and exercise along the way. Research shows that walking before class helps boost student's concentration. Bonus: walking is the ultimate earth-friendly way to get around!

Transit: Riding the bus is FREE for students! Whether it’s the yellow school bus or the LTD city bus, transit helps reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Signing up for the free student pass not only allows students to get to school for free but opens other transportation options all over town Check out Google Maps or the LTD website to plan out your route to school by bus or EmX.

Park & Walk: Parking a couple blocks from school allows you and your family to get a short walk in and reduces traffic congestion around the school. Give it a try before school starts to get familiar with your route.

Carpool: Ask your neighbors if they are interested in setting up a school carpool. You can sign up for Get There Connect to organize a car pool, track trips, and compare travel options. Carpooling allows you to share driving responsibilities and it helps reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions around your school. A win-win!


As school comes back in session, Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Eugene would like to remind our communities of the statewide School routes are Everywhere. #DriveLikeIt campaign. This awareness campaign is designed to let drivers know that as kids return to in-person learning, our kids are walking and rolling in and around our streets and communities. 

There are nearly 40 elementary, middle and high schools in the City of Eugene. Every school day, 16,000+ students travel to these schools. People driving across town will, on average, pass a school or cross a school route every half mile. Vehicle crashes peak on weekdays between 3-7 p.m., right around school dismissal time. In an effort to keep kids safe, we urge Eugenians to do the following:
  • Share the #DriveLikeIt campaign materials to promote safe driving in your community
  • Drive 20 mph or less in schools zones
  • Stop for school buses; never go around them
  • Watch for students walking to and from transit stops; students and families travel on LTD all over the city
Check out the video below for additional tips. Thank you for doing your part to keep our kids safe on their way to school! 
FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITIES

The Eugene Community Survey is Back!

The City used to send out a community survey every 1-2 years, asking residents about a wide range of topics to get a pulse for the mood and feel of Eugeneans, what the community values and what its top concerns are. It’s been ten years since the City last conducted that type of survey, and we’re happy to say that the 2022 Community Survey is now available on Engage Eugene. The survey is only open until September 5 so don't delay! The survey is also available in Spanish.

While the City receives public comments and input on many projects and priorities, this survey will help gather data to determine how the City can serve all of Eugene better in the years to come.

Results will help provide a framework for strategic decisions regarding future budgeting options, including how best to prioritize programs and policies. The survey is available online in both English and Spanish and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The online survey is only open through September 5, so don't delay!

2022 Community Survey
2022 Encuesta Comunitaria
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

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. People are encouraged to use the signed detour route on Hayes Street, 13th Avenue and Arthur Street.

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

Fiesta Cultural Kickoff at the First Friday ArtWalk

Friday, September 2nd
5:30pm - 10:00pm
Farmers Market Pavillion and Plaza

Lane Arts Council is pleased to announce the 8th year of Fiesta Cultural! Lane County’s largest celebration of Latino/a/x/e arts, culture, and heritage, Fiesta Cultural features multicultural in person and digital events happening September through December in Lane County. 

The celebration commences at 5pm with DJ texcaliente at the new Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave). Opening remarks start at 5:45pm and then the dance party with Organización Oaxaca at 6pm! You can also shop an artist marketplace featuring Latino/a/x/e artists, enjoy some family friendly kids activities, watch printmaking with Eugene Printmakers, grab some tasty food from local foodcarts, or a drink from Xicha Brewing! Get there with a PeaceHealth bike or on the EmX to enjoy the festivities without the hassle of parking. 

Active Transportation
Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 8th
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: 
Path Etiquette Campaign
Path Closures
Sidewalks Discussion
ThinkBike Workshop
Franklin Blvd Update
                 
Join with Zoom 
Meeting ID: 936 7151 8661 
Phone dial in: 888 475 4499 
International numbers: available here
Saturday in the Park
Saturday, September 10th
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Amazon Community Center

Looking for FUN, FOOD and FREE Helmets? Join us for Saturday 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. Then stay for the Summer Showcase from 5:00-7:30 to watch Danceability, Eugene Bhangra and Thrill the World Eugene perform.

Climate Revolutions
River Ride
Sunday, September 11th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 
To the river! The ride starts at Monroe Park at 2 p.m. then heads to the shady Ruth Bascom River Trail. You can point out your favorite river spots along the way and the ride will make a stop for a toe (or more) dip. You might want to bring a swimsuit, towel and water shoes (Slippery!). The more, the merrier - bring the kids!

Climate Revolution's Motivation: Meet great people. Share and support a bicycle lifestyle. Disrupt the status quo and build a revolution. The monthly (second Sunday) Revolutions Rides are family friendly, inclusive, and free.
Oregon Friendly Driver
Monday, September 19th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Eugene Library in the
Bascom/Tykeson Room

Oregon Friendly Driver is a free, 1.5-hour workshop for people who drive and share the road with people on bikes or on foot (that means everyone!). This workshop teaches people who drive about safe and friendly ways to share the road.

You will learn about situations that have not always been covered in the DMV Driver License exam, such as:

  • What are sharrows, bike boxes, and green lanes?  What should you do when you encounter these traffic devices?

  • Is it safe for people who drive and people who bike to share the road together?

  • Why do people on bikes “take the lane”?  What should people driving do when it happens?

  • What are the rights and responsibilities of ALL road users?

rEV Up!
Thursday, September 22nd
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.

Kidical Mass Family Bike Camping Ride

September 24th and 25th
Monroe Park to Armitage Park

Kidical Mass is back with an "end-of-summer" bike camping trip! Usually the annual Kidical Mass camping trip happens in June to kick-off the summer, but this year they'll be wrapping it up. The ride is from Monroe Park to Armitage Park where camping spots are already reserved. 

The ride is perfect for kids of all ages, from kindergarten up to middle school aged. Grab your cargo bikes, bike trailers, e-bikes, or regular bikes for this family friendly ride. 

Register for the event here, or learn more via the Facebook event. 

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! 
 

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
Dirt Maidens Group Rides
All Month Long
Tuesdays and Thursday at 6 p.m. 
 
The Dirt Maidens is an all-inclusive mountain biking group that does group rides every Thursday at Thurston Hills Natural Area at 6pm and every Tuesday at Whypass at 6pm. Rides are open to mountain bikers of all skill levels. Learn more about the Dirt Maidens on Facebook or Instagram
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Contact City of EugeneTransportation: inmotion@ci.eugene.or.us 

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