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News to Move You. August 2018

Safety Message

Avoid the Ticket and Save Lives - Slow Down
Too many lives are lost each year in speeding-related crashes. That is why ODOT is teaming up with law enforcement to target and ticket speeding drivers. Speeding greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk.
Speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists – everyone! Driving above the posted speed limit or speeding in bad weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash. Our goal is to save lives, and we’re putting all drivers on alert – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more excuses. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.
The August 2018 Issue

Featured Monthly Article

Bridge of the Month

Community News

LCI Seminar
Regional Transportation Funding
Skinner Butte Park Lighting
LTD Transit Tomorrow
Riverfront Park Designs

Stay in the Know

OBPAC Meeting
Amazon Bikeway
High Street Survey
Autzen Express Change
ODOT Updates

Community Calendar

Eugene Walls Tour
Park Walk
Blackberry bRamble
Webinar: Speed
WJ Skatepark Party
AARP Tree Walk
Webinar: Advisory Lanes
Arrowhead Park Party
Tour de Taste Buds
Murals & More
NeighborWalk: Amazon
BBB: Amazon/24th

See You There!

Campbell Bike Group
Cycling for Veterans
Walk n Talkers
Greater Eugene Area Riders
EPD Bike Registration
Parks Volunteering
-Featured Monthly Article-

Eugene Sunday Streets Has Record Attendance

Eugene Sunday Streets and the EUG Parade heated up downtown last Sunday with a record number of participants biking, walking, strolling, and rolling – 12,092 people in total. The “heat map” of PeaceHealth Rides indicating where people were riding Eugene’s bike share bikes saw the Eugene Sunday Streets 1.25 mile route lit up with riders enjoying a day of multiple laps around the car-free route.

“One of the main goals of Eugene Sunday Streets is to improve the health of Eugene residents,” said Emily Farthing, Sunday Streets Coordinator. “People were out biking, walking, participating in free yoga, salsa dancing, hula hooping, and volcano ball. Everyone had a smile on their face and it was a great success.”
This year’s Downtown Sunday Streets included more activities on the route than ever before, including the highly popular Conduct-a-Symphony with the Eugene Symphony and the Kidz Rock Grrrlz Rock stage.

Participants found relief from the heat at the Slip ‘n’ Slide, as well as the dunk tank in Kesey Square popped up by TJ’s Gardens. The EUG Parade delighted audiences with satire from the infamous Rickities (previously known as The Rickies), with the Best in Show award going to Comunidad Latina, and Best Decorated awarded to Candice Westberg’s vibrant balloon entry which costumed over 20 participants on wheels with multi colored balloon outfits and hats.

The next Eugene Sunday Streets will be in the Churchill Neighborhood on Sunday, September 23, with a route around McCornack Elementary, Acorn Park, and up to the new EmX line on West 11th. Learn more at Eugene-or.gov/2741/Sunday-Streets-2018
 
Bridge of the Month

The Blue Heron Bridge

This month’s bridge is the Blue Heron Bridge which crosses Amazon Creek between the Fern Ridge Path and Westmoreland Park.  It was installed in 1985 and dedicated on October 10th.  The new bicycle bridge was officially named the Blue Heron Bridge by the city of Eugene’s Joint Parks Committee.

The committee’s decision incorporated the names proposed by both the first and second place finishers (Eli Volem and Chia OkKeefe) in a name-the-bridge contest at the then named Ida Patterson Elementary School which is now César E. Chávez Elementary School.  The bridge is a key link between Arts and Technology Academy, Boys & Girls Club, Westmoreland Park, the path system through the park, and the Fern Ridge Path allowing people walking and biking to avoid busy streets.

If you're lucky you might actually see a Blue Heron in Amazon Creek as you cross this small but important bridge. 
Community News

LCI Seminar Coming to Eugene

An LCI training seminar is coming to Eugene and it’s a great opportunity to become certified as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) through the League of American Bicyclists. This is a great opportunity for people who want to educate and train others to be better riders to become certified by one of the only nationally recognized bike education programs in the country. 

The LCI Seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills to adults and kids so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists. The Seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula, though we will be covering Smart Cycling, Safe Routes to School, and Oregon Friendly Driver material to some extent. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Smart Cycling curriculum, both in the classroom and in the parking lot.

The seminar will be October 12-14 (Friday evening, all day Saturday, and most of the day on Sunday). It will be held at Cesar Chavez Elementary.  About 1/3 of the time is on-bike, so students should be prepared to ride. The registration fee is $350 and some scholarships are available. Contact Sarah Mazze (mazze_s@4j.lane.edu) for more information and register here on the League’s website.

Weigh in on Regional Transportation Funding

This month there is a great opportunity to provide input regarding how federal transportation dollars are spent in our region. The Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a regional agency that facilitates transportation planning for the Eugene-Springfield metro area. The MPO is in the process of programming about $18 million in transportation funding through 2021. Public agencies within the MPO area submitted 32 applications requesting approximately $21.5 million.

There is a pubic comment period open through August 30 and you can submit comments to dcallister@lcog.org.  Click here for general information about these "federal discretionary funds" and here for a list of the projects that are recommended for funding by the Transportation Policy Committee, which is a staff committee that advises the MPC.

The City of Eugene applied for funding for the following projects:
 
  • Ferry Street Bridge Seismic Retrofit -- $605,000
  • W. 11th Ave. and Chambers Street Seismic Bridge Retrofits -- $1,795,000
  • 8th Ave. two-way conversion and protected bikeway -- $2,025,000
  • South Bank Path Rehabilitation -- $1 million
  • Maxwell Road and Prairie Road sidewalk infill -- $650,000
  • Transportation Demand Management Program Development -- $200,000
  • SmartTrips Eugene – Active Downtown -- $225,000

Skinner Butte Park Lighting Improvements

A third phase of the lighting improvements in Skinner Butte Park is scheduled to begin next week (August 6).  The overall project will take 3 months to complete and will include the installation of nearly 50 new LED park-scale lights to improve safety and visibility for park users.  The new lighting is more energy efficient, has reduced maintenance needs, and will focus lighting where it is needed while reducing excess lighting into natural resource areas. 

The project will also remove 27 existing lights in the park, which will be salvaged for re-use by the City of Oakridge.  The lighting improvements will cover the Ruth Bascom Path from under the I-105 overpass to RiverPlay Playground and also light the currently dark I-105 connector path from the river to North Washington Street.  In addition, new lighting will also be installed along Cheshire Avenue between the Campbell Community Center and Skinner Butte Loop, both for the street and lower sidewalk area. 

Detours during construction will be needed and weekly information will be posted on Oregon TripCheck.com.    Work is being performed Monday-Thursday between 7 am and 7 pm, with the street and paths reopened for use at the end of each day.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jason Miller at (541) 501-0361.

Give Input Today for Transit Tomorrow

Transit Tomorrow will take a deep look at LTD’s current bus system and ask two important questions:

  • How can LTD help people get to where they are going?
  • What shape should LTD's services take in the future?

This project will combine technical analysis and broad-based community input to answer these questions and to develop a public transit network for the future.

Check out the Transit Tomorrow Fact sheet to learn more about the project timeline and process. LTD needs your input to help determine priorities and deliver the best service.  Learn more and fill out an interactive survey here


Weigh In on Downtown Riverfront Park Designs

Nature play, water features, an amphitheater, river overlooks and more! Check out the three potential designs for the future Downtown Riverfront Park and let us know how you want to experience the beautiful Willamette River in an urban park setting. Take the survey now.

Stay in the Know

OBPAC Meeting in Eugene

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) will meet in Eugene on August 7 & 8 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.).
 
Agenda items include refining the group’s work plan, discussing recruitment of new members, learning about shared mobility in Eugene and more. The Aug. 7 meeting is at Public Works Engineering in the Garden Room on the 4th floor of the Wells Fargo building.  The Aug. 8 session will start with the group meeting in the Sloat Room of the Atrium Building (99 W. 10th Avenue ), then at 10 a.m., the group will leave for a tour of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the Eugene/Springfield area.  At 2:30 p.m., committee members will attend the Safe Routes to School Workshop at Agnes Stewart Middle School, 900 S. 32nd St. in Springfield.
 
Dedicated time for public comment is provided on the OBPAC agenda on Aug. 7. Those who wish to provide comments are encouraged to sign up on the public comment sheet provided at the meeting. General guidelines: provide written summaries when possible and limit comments to three minutes. If you bring written summaries or other materials to the meeting, please provide the chairperson with a copy prior to your testimony.

Amazon Active Transportation Corridor Update

The Amazon Active Transportation Corridor project has been in development since 2012.  It seeks to implement the "River to Ridges" path concept envisioned by city leaders since the development of the Amazon Path.  In summary, the "River to Ridges" corridor would connect the Ridgeline Trail and Spencer's Butte in south Eugene to the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path and Willamette River on the north. 

A portion of this corridor is already constructed - the Amazon Path is a 12' concrete path from 34th Avenue to 19th Avenue.  The Amazon Active Transportation Corridor project builds the southern end of the "River to Ridges" pathway. (A future project is planned for 2019-20 to extend the bikeway north on High Street from 19th Avenue to 6th Avenue). This project will include a "scramble crossing" of Hilyard and 33rd Ave./East Amazon to transition bicycle riders from the Amazon Path to the new protected bike lane on East Amazon via a new shared use path.


This 'scramble crossing' in Madison, WI is similar to what will be installed across Hilyard St. in Eugene this summer. Photo: Google Maps

The final designs have now gone out to bid for the city's first major two-way protected bike lane on the west side of East Amazon Drive from Dillard Road to Hilyard Street. This bikeway will provide the comfort of a shared use path by re-purposing the parking lane on East Amazon Drive and separating traffic with a concrete curb.  Part of the project is also to extend the Amazon Path along Hilyard Street from 34th Ave. to 36th Place. (by widening it from a sidewalk width to a full 11'-12' shared use path width). That path width extension will continue through Tugman Park as a different project in 2019. 

This project also includes 3 bridge crossings of Amazon Creek, however, due to environmental permitting the bridges won't be constructed until 2019.   The bridges will be located at 37th Avenue, 39th Avenue (replacing the existing bridge), and Dillard Road.  The crossings will be prefabricated 10' wide steel bridges over the creek with crosswalks across East Amazon Drive and West Amazon Drive.

In addition, the Amazon Active Transportation Corridor project includes rebuilding the running trail on both sides of Amazon Creek from Hilyard Street to Martin Street.  The new running trail will be built similar to Pre's Trail in Alton Baker Park which has shown good resiliency and drainage. The running path will be repaired in 2018 and rebuilt in 2019. 

High Street Bikeway

The City of Eugene is building a two-way protected bikeway from 19th Avenue to 5th Avenue. This bikeway will complete the River-to-Ridges active transportation corridor, and will connect South Eugene through downtown to the Willamette River. The High Street Bikeway is envisioned to offer an all ages and abilities corridor for bicycle travel and should attract a wide range of bicycle riders. Public feedback for this project is important as the project includes a variety of land uses including neighborhoods and business corridors.

The development of the High Street Bikeway is in the works, with the investigation process going on now. Once public feedback is received, the design process will begin and construction of the project will start as early as 2019 (although 2020 is more likely).

To assist us in the investigation process, we ask that you take this quick survey to give your feedback on potential designs. 
 

Autzen Express Changes

Game day bus service to from Autzen Stadium for home Duck football games may change beginning later this month. LTD, in partnership with the UO, will continue to operate the service but adjustment of fares and hours of operation are under consideration by LTD’s Board of Directors.

Information on providing comment between now and August 15, or on using the Autzen Express (Routes 990X-999X) is available at LTD.org or by calling LTD Customer Service at 541-687.5555.

Be In The Know: Updates from ODOT

ODOT wants to remind you to “Know Before you Go” with the most up to date information about road construction projects this summer and beyond at TripCheck.com. Most work will be done at night, some on weekends, and all schedules may change due to weather.
 
Beltline:
Sections of Beltline will be closed in one direction over the next three weekends. You will be able to travel in both directions, but only on one side with lanes separated by temporary barrels. Speed is reduced to 40 mph. Choose different routes or modes to get to where you need to be. Check out maps and see a project video.
Weeknight paving continues 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday nights.
 
OR 126:
Veneta to Eugene Highway paving and safety improvements project continues with pavement repairs nightly, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday night.  Travelers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.
 
I-105:
Interstate 105 (Washington/Jefferson Street Bridge) bridge repair project will bring I-105 bridges and ramps between Delta Highway and downtown Eugene up to current standards. Day and night work with necessary lane closures and detours. The multi-use paths will remain open on both sides of the river throughout the project.
 
Please check routes to know before you go. Adjust your route, your time, or try a new way of getting where you are going – that’s where Lane Transit District’s Point2point can help.
 
Check TripCheck.com, and sign up for regular email updates to keep you in the know.  Sign up here.
Community Calendar

First Saturday Park Walk - Spencer Butte

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Spencer Butte Trailhead

Explore the ecology and management of Eugene’s beautiful parks. led by naturalists from the River House Outdoor Center. Meet at the trailhead parking lot at 52nd and Willamette Street.

See the entire schedule of free summer events at www.eugfun.org.

Blackberry bRamble

Date: Sunday, August 5
Location: Hilyard Community Center

The Blackberry bRamble bike ride and celebration hosted by Greater Eugene Area Riders(GEARs) will return to Amazon park for it’s 20th year on Sunday August 5th!
 
This year’s Blackberry bRamble has a route for everyone:  Century (100), Metric Century (62), 40, 20, 10 and a 5 mile for families with small kiddos.  This GEARs event will have well marked routes, satisfying rest stops and sag and mechanical support for the longer routes with blackberry pie and ice cream for every rider.

Celebrate with friends and family at the finish line, where GEARs has teamed up with the Amazon Pool (adjacent to the celebration) to allow riders to shower, swim and play for a discounted admission of $1. There will be a beer garden, vendor booths, live music, a yoga session, a silent auction, blackberry pie by Reality Kitchen (with ice cream), a free beer from Claim 52 at the end of the ride, and new for the 20th Anniversary, a free burrito dinner by Quiroz’s Taqueria!

Come have some fun in the sun in August, and enjoy the 20th bRamble with us! For more information visit http://eugenegears.org/bramble/ or find us on Instagram at blackberrybramble2018.

Part of the proceeds go to support Safe Routes to School, Center for Appropriate Transportation and Adaptive Recreation.

Webinar: Act Fast- The Growing Call for Slower Speeds

Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor,  Lyle Room

Every community member has a right to safe places to walk and be physically active. Unfortunately, the rise in pedestrian fatalities in recent years reminds us that our work in protecting that right is far from done. Hear from those leading the call for slower speeds and communities putting people first in the call for safer streets. This webinar is for those advocates just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in this topic.

Party in the Parks: WJ Skate Park

Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: WJ Skatepark & Urban Plaza (1st & Washington) 

A true community experience. Play games, get creative with fellow community members and artists, pick up a free helmet while your bike gets tuned up by Ding Ding Cycles and grab a bite to eat from a local food truck. 

Eugene born and raised turntablist Connah Jay, will be spinning hot wax as he creates the soundtrack of the evening. 

Long Living Trees and Lifelong Learning at U of Oregon

Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: UO Bookstore
 
Explore the University of Oregon campus, which is a living arboretum with more than 500 species of trees. Learn about the 10 principles of the Age-Friendly University Movement that began in Ireland and is taking root on Eugene. Meet at UO Bookstore, corner of 13th and Kincaid Streets.

Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/2018NWUniversity

Webinar:  Moving Beyond the Centerline - Advisory Bicycle Lanes, Best Kept Secret

Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
 

Don't miss this exciting webinar from the experts on advisory bike lanes (ABL). Michael and Steve will give an introduction to ABLs where you'll learn what an advisory bike lane looks like and how it works. Then, learn how communities are using ABLs by hearing from Simon with the city of Minneapolis and Justin with the city of Ottawa.

Presenters:
Michael Williams, Michael Williams Company
Steve Durrant, Alta
Simon Blenski, City of Minneapolis
Justin Swan, City of Ottawa


Party in the Parks: Arrowhead Park

Date: Tuesday, August 21
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Arrowhead City Park (Irvington & Arrowhead)

A true community experience. Play games, get creative with fellow community members and artists, pick up a free helmet while your bike gets tuned up by Ding Ding Cycles and grab a bite to eat from a local food truck. 

Using seven marimbas, singing, drums and other percussion, Kudana Marimba engages audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest with their traditional Zimbabwean music. 

West 11th Tour de Taste Buds

Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Buck St. Bridge

Tour some great local food spots as we wander down W11th Avenue. Grab a few tasty samples and see just how easy it is to walk or bus to all your daily needs! Stick around to win a raffle for gift cards at each of our stops! Meet at the Buck St. Bridge near Hole in the Wall BBQ. RSVP so we have enough snacks for everyone!
 

Murals & More: Community Art in Springfield

Date: Saturday, August 25
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Location: 5th & Main, Springfield

Connect with Springfield’s art scene through an exploration of its many murals. Downtown Springfield is thriving, with new restaurants and businesses along our way.
Meet in front of Simpson mural at 5th & Main
Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/2018NWMurals

AARP NeighborWalk: What’s up on the Amazon?

Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Buck St. Bridge (Behind Hole in the Wall BBQ)
 
Join smarttrips and AARP for a stroll down the Fern Ridge Path. Check out 3 brand new bridges and learn from the experts at Long Tom Watershed about Amazon Creek and its importance to the West Eugene Wetlands. One and a half mile walk with a FREE EmX ride to return.
Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/2018NWAmazon

Breakfast at the Bike Bridges: Amazon & 24th

Date: Friday, August 31
Time: 7:00-9:30 a.m.
Location: Amazon Path @ 24th Avenue
 
 
Breakfast at the Bridges 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.

Enjoy: 
•FREE breakfast of bagels, cream cheese and coffee provided by Full City Coffee Roasters, Humble Bagels & Nancy's Yogurt 
•FREE bike safety checks 
•FREE Bike maps, bike bells and resources from the City of Eugene

See You There!

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



Cycling for Veterans

Every Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Meet at Maurie Jacobs Park, SE corner of parking lot off Fir Lane.  More information, call Ree: 541-337-3710.  Adaptive bikes available, call: 541-682-5311.  Open to all veterans including  disabled veterans, friends and families of veterans.  Improve your health and wellness lifestyle in a supportive environment.


Click Here for Bike Registration With Eugene Police Department

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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