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News to Move You. September 2018

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School starts this coming week. Watch for kids and slow down.

Featured Article

Bridge of the Month

Community News

PeaceHealth Rides Video
New Sidewalks & Crossings
LCI Seminar
Mobility International
Springfield Signs

Stay in the Know

School Starts 
Drive Less Connect
Neighborhood Matching Grants
ODOT Updates

Community Calendar

Eugene River Festival
Tree Walk Skinner Butte
ATC Meeting
Webinar: Burbs
Sunday Streets
Tree Walk Sunday Streets
Webinar: Justice
Riverfront Park
BBB: Autzen
Wheels by the Willamette
Thank You & Fashion Show

See You There!

Campbell Bike Group
Adaptive Bikes for All
Walk n Talkers
Greater Eugene Area Riders
EPD Bike Registration
Parks Volunteering
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Sunday Streets Churchill Around the Corner!

Cooler temperatures mean ideal biking, walking, rolling and strolling weather for our next Eugene Sunday Streets event in the Churchill Neighborhood on Sunday September 23rd. From noon to 4pm come enjoy our very first Sunday Streets event in West Eugene. This 2 mile car-free route will connect activity centers at McCornack Elementary School, Acorn City Park and West 11th in the BikeFriday Parking Lot.

What’s different about this event? We chose this West Eugene neighborhood to connect the apartment rich density with active transportation options such as the new West EmX corridor and the Fern Ridge Path. We have used this opportunity to pair Sunday Streets again with the Smarttrips program and we are getting a lot of neighbor feedback on how people are making decisions around their transportation methods through our on the ground delivery interns and the survey responses through Smarttrips. We believe it is important to activate the Fern Ridge path to address the safety concerns neighbors face using the path. We hope this event expands the conversations to more City departments and the neighborhood to find solutions in collaboration and to get more people using the path.

Come enjoy 4 hours of open streets, tons of FREE activities and great food! Sunday September 23rd in West Eugene, noon to 4pm. Sign up to volunteer! Follow this link: www.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer

Questions?  Reach out to Emily at 541-501-0390 or sundaystreets@ci.eugene.or.us

Bridge of the Month

The Frohnmayer Bridge
(aka Autzen Footbridge)

In 1970 the dream of a pleasant way across the river was accomplished, with help from an unexpected benefactor. The City’s publicly-owned purveyor of water and power, Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), was planning a conduit to carry steam across the river from a point near the University to a commercial greenhouse near Autzen Stadium. The river’s hard rock bed and shallow water precluded a buried pipe. EWEB took the unusual opportunity and proposed to make the conduit passable for bicycles and foot traffic if the University and the County assumed the extra cost. The three jurisdictions reached an agreement and the bridge was built. This bridge was designed by Oregon Bridge Engineering Company (OBEC) and spans 667 feet long and 14 feet wide, it cost $175,000 (including the steam line) and has six intermediate supports.

The bridge, officially known as the "Dave and Lynn Frohnmayer Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge" was originally called the Autzen Footbridge and is often simply referred to as such. It connects the campus area to Autzen Stadium but also serves as an important connection to the Ruth Bascom River Path network as well as to residences, Alton Baker Park, Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene Science Center, PK Park, Emerald Valley BMX track, and other locations on the North side of the river. 

This past month Nearby Nature's  new volunteer TAG Team (Taskforce Against Graffiti) created a mural featuring local animals and plants– ducks, beavers, frogs, and more – on the bridge to help reduce illegal graffiti and create a more pleasant and beautiful crossing of the Willamette River. The mural stenciled images were created by Nearby Nature volunteer and Portland Talking Walls muralist, Corie Hinton. Contact them if you're interested joining the TAG Team.

Come down to this months Breakfast at the Bike Bridges (September 28) event to check out the new style!

Community News

New PeaceHealth Rides Video

Want to try PeaceHealth Rides, but aren't sure where to start? Watch the new how-to video to learn how to use and get the most out of Eugene's bike share! For those who haven't signed up yet, there's even a special end of summer promo. It's only $5 for your first month when you use the code: HowTo18.

New Sidewalks, & Crossings Welcome New Students

Many students rely on active transportation for their school commute, but not all have a safe route to do so. Eugene School District 4J, the City of Eugene, and Lane County recently worked together to improve the infrastructure around several 4J schools to make it safer and more appealing for students to walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Here’s some projects that went in this summer to make the return to school safer and better for walking and biking:
 
  • At Gilham Elementary new crosswalks were installed on Honeywood in front of the school to replace a crosswalk that was on a blind curve.
  • A new pedestrian island and marked crosswalk were installed on Gilham Rd at Elkhorn Dr. to break up a half mile stretch with no marked crossings. This new crossing will serve students and Gilham Elementary and Cal Young Middle School.  
Two projects around Howard Elementary and Kelly Middle, also serving North Eugene High School, Yujin Gakuen and Corridor create stretches of a growing network of safer streets in a region with poor infrastructure for active transportation. Those improvements include:
  • Building a sidewalk on the west side of Grove St between Maxwell Rd and Howard Ave. Grove is a key connector in the area because the Grove/Maxwell  intersection has the only traffic light on Maxwell between Northwest Expressway and River Road (a 35 mph street).
  • Building a sidewalk on the east side of North Park Ave between Howard Ave and Hatton Dr to the south, bringing students walking on North Park Ave by Kelly out of the ditch and the road by; adding a marked crossing and completing sidewalk gaps at Hatton Dr; and adding traffic calming on North Park Ave from the school south to Kelly Ln.

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, one of the only nationally recognized bike education programs in the country. 

In October a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar will be held in Eugene and there is still space open for people interested becoming certified by the League of American Bicyclists as LCI’s. This is a great course for anyone interested to learn more about teaching bike safety education to kids and adults and as part of the new Oregon Friendly Driver program we’ll also be working on incorporating the League’s new “Bicycle Friendly Driver” education program locally as well. For those able to commit to teaching Oregon Friendly Driver courses after they take the Seminar we have a limited number of scholarships available. The Seminar will be held at Cesar Chavez Elementary School from Friday October 12 through Sunday October 14. More details can be found here.  Contact Shane MacRhodes at shane.a.macrhodes@ci.eugene.or.us for more information on the scholarship and the class.
 

Mobility International, USA (MIUSA) Rides Bikes
with City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation

In August, 28 high school students with disabilities from 20 different countries, came to Eugene with the MIUSA Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. Throughout their time in Eugene, which was the first stop for most of them in the United States, the students rode adaptive bikes at the Hilyard Community Center. This was the first time on a bike for several of the students, and the first time on adaptive bikes for all of the students. Most had tried riding standard 2 wheel bikes in their home countries, and most had unsuccessful experiences. The students really enjoyed riding the adaptive bikes and learning about adaptive options related to their specific disability. Cycling is a universal activity and the students were able to see what the possibilities are, bringing awareness and increased advocacy for their own abilities and recreational opportunities. For more information, contact Carly Schmidt, 541-682-5311, cschmidt@eugene-or.gov.


New Signs for Springfield Paths

The City of Springfield recently installed bicycle destination wayfinding signs that indicate connections between the Northbank Path, Downtown Springfield, the Middle Fork Path, and the Mill Race Path. The project also includes safety signs along the Northbank Path to remind path users to keep right except to pass, give an audible warning when passing, and use bike lights during dark conditions.

The wayfinding and path safety project was the result of collaboration between the City of Springfield, the Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Willamalane, FireMed, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and downtown businesses.

The City of Eugene is looking at the Springfield designs and considering incorporating similar signage on our path network. 

Stay in the Know

School Starts Next Week!

The Safe Routes to School team is available to help with route planning and other support for families interested in having their students walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Click here to find the contact for your district's Safe Routes to School Coordinator for assistance. 
 
Safe Routes to School is gearing up for a fun fall, encouraging students to use active transportation, bus and carpool for their school commute. We'll be running bike celebrations, coordinating chaperoned walking groups and more at schools throughout Eugene and Springfield. Contact info@eugenesrts.org to find out more. 


Not making it to the gym? Need some fun in your daily routine? Looking to reduce your carbon footprint or save up for that vacation? Discover healthy, green travel options that can save you money and time. Join the Oregon Drive Less Challenge Oct 1 – 15, and you could WIN PRIZES! Weekly prizes include Hydro Flasks and Dakine and TREW sportswear, plus Dutch Bros, Unique Eugene, and local gift cards. You could also win a grand prize $1,000 gift card to Bike Friday, or a $500 cash card. Hundreds of statewide and local prizes will be awarded! Challenge yourself to drive less—every trip counts!
Get details & sign up at DriveLessConnect.com


Community & Neighborhood Matching Grants

The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program began in 2000 with the adoption of Council Resolution 4632. In that time they’ve funded 133 projects in our neighborhoods. The benefits of the NMG program go well beyond the financial investment and are an important tool for building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas.
 
In the past some transportation related projects that have been funded include a couple intersection murals, a public outreach campaign on traffic safety, a decorative sign project, and a parklet installation with bike parking. Get creative and think of what you could do!
 
Applications for smaller projects, less than $5,000 will be considered by HRNI and other City staff for approval and funding on an ongoing basis until May 1, 2019 (or funding used). Staff involved in the review process will be selected based on the project under consideration.
 
The review process for large projects ($5,000 - $12,000) will begin January 2019 using the current application and pre-review process which includes evaluation and recommendations from the Department Advisory Committee, and review and approval by City Council with funding available for approved projects on July 1, 2019.
 
See the Guidelines>>
Submit an Application>>


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 fall and beyond at TripCheck.com.   All work schedules subject to change due to weather.
 
BELTLINE
Weekend closures are done! No work will be occurring on weekends. Thank you for your help in making the closures a success. The entire project is scheduled to be done by October.
Weeknight paving continues 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,  Sunday through Thursday. Expect ramp and lane closures, follow detour signs, and slow down in construction zones.

Remember, the work zones are moving. The locations and the lanes closed change. Pay absolute attention and keep everyone safe out there.
 
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.
Paving underway from Cornerstone Drive to near Greenhill Road this fall. The entire width of the roadway will be repaved 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Travelers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes and watch for flaggers.
 
Plan Ahead
 

 
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 south and north bank Ruth Bascom Riverfront 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 & sign up for updates to keep you in the know. Sign up at here.
Transit Special

Transit to the Coast?

The Lane Council of Governments is leading an Oregon Department of Transportation funded study of public transportation needs and options between Florence and Eugene. This project began after hearing from community members within this corridor that affordable public transportation was needed but unavailable for job commute, personal needs, recreation and medical trips.

The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback about how, when, why and if public transportation would be used between Florence and Eugene. The results will remain anonymous but will be used to guide the project direction and will be included in the final project report. Next steps after this study will include working with potential partners who could provide public transportation service and seeking funding to implement a service. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ8YSSK

For additional information, please contact:
Kelly Clarke, Senior Transportation Planner
Lane Council of Governments
kclarke@lcog.org
541-682-4026


Building a Better Transportation Future Together
 
A well-planned transportation system supports a thriving community. To that end, the City of Eugene and Lane Transit District are encouraging input this month on five key travel corridors under consideration for investments. The public comment period is open from September 10 - October 10. Participate in an online open house or drop by any of these events:
 
30th Avenue to Lane Community College Corridor
Monday, September 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave.
 
River Road Corridor
Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
 
Coburg Road & MLK, Jr. Blvd. Corridors
Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Ln.
 
Highway 99 Corridor
Thursday, September 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Willamette High School, 1801 Echo Hollow Rd.
 
For information, visit www.MovingAhead.org


Autzen Express is Back!

It’s that time of year when thousands of fans pack into Autzen Stadium to cheer on the Ducks! Park at one of Lane Transit District’s eight Park & Ride lots and hop a bus that will shuttle you and your friends and family straight to the game. Service begins four hours before the event and buses run every 30 minutes for the first hour and then every 10 - 20 minutes thereafter. Return trips are only available during halftime and immediately following the event for 60 minutes.
 
This year, a few changes were made to the Autzen Express service:

  • Autzen Express fares will cost $5 for each rider (good for round trip), except for those holding valid LTD passes. All LTD pass holders will be able to ride with no additional charge. Children five and younger ride free.
  • The Symantec Park & Ride will no longer be used. Instead, LTD will use nearby PeaceHealth’s RiverBend Annex at 123 International Way, just east of the Symantec building.
Autzen Express Park & Ride locations:
  • LTD Eugene Station – 10th/Willamette
  • Thurston High School – 333 58th
  • South Eugene High School – 400 E. 19th
  • Lane County Fairgrounds – 796 W. 13th
  • LTD River Road Station – River Road/River Avenue
  • Valley River Center – 293 Valley River Center (Northwest parking lot behind Eugene Crossfit)
  • RiverBend Annex – 123 International Way
  • LTD Springfield Station – S. A/Pioneer Parkway

The Autzen Express is operated by a contracted partnership between LTD and the University of Oregon.
 
For more information, visit www.ltd.org/system-map/route_990x-999x/ 


LTD Service Changes

Transit Service Adjustments Begins Sept. 16
 
Lane Transit District (LTD) is implementing adjustments to its service beginning Sunday, September 16. The objective of these adjustments is in response to ridership demand and improving operating efficiency for the bus system overall. The changes are a result of outreach and feedback from many riders and community members, along with staff experts and Board members.
The most significant change will be in EmX service, which will require a transfer between EmX buses at Springfield Station on weekdays (no transfer will be necessary on weekends or in the evenings). For a full description of the service changes, go to www.LTD.org/fall-bid/.
If you belong to an organization, group or neighborhood association that would be interested in the fall service change, please let us know.

Fifteen routes will be affected, including:

11 – Thurston
12 – Gateway
27 – Fairmount
28 – Hilyard
33 – Jefferson
51 – Santa Clara
55 – North Park
73 – UO/Willamette


78 – UO/Seneca
79x – UO/Kinsrow
81 – LCC/Harris
82 – LCC/Pearl
85 – LCC/Springfield
95 – Junction City
EmX – Eugene/Springfield
 
Community Calendar

Eugene River Festival & Paddle Race

Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Alton Baker Park
Join UO Outdoor Program, NW Canoe Tours, Willamette Riverkeeper, American Canoe Association and City of Eugene Recreation for the Eugene River Festival. This is a family fun event celebrating river recreation, watershed health, and paddle recreation; featuring the Canoe Canal and the Willamette River corridor in the Whilamut Natural Area and Alton Baker Park. Enjoy FREE canoe tours, paddleboarding, geocaching, raffles, prizes, educational booths, and more!

Friends of Trees Skinner Butte Tree and Nature Walk

Date: Tuesday, September 11th
Time: 6-7:30pm.
Location: REI Eugene
This tree walk will travel from the REI store up the south side of Skinner Butte to a fantastic view of Eugene and the Cascades. We'll drop down the north side of the Butte and then follow the new trail above the rock climbing columns. Skinner Butte is an excellent example of different forest and prairie sites, and we'll discuss past and present land use and potential changes in the future.  Learn more here.

Attend an Active Transportation Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 13th
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Atrium Sloat Room 99 W 10th Broadway

Agenda: Bicycle Theft, Bicycle Signal Signs, N. Van Buren Bike Lane

Webinar:  Placemaking in the Burbs

Date: Wednesday, September 19th
Time: 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
This webinar will look at challenges this suburban community in Newcastle, WA (and many others) face and how this project's recommendations helped address them. Presenters will walk through existing conditions and challenges in this suburban environment, the impetus for this project, details on the public outreach process that engaged a wide-range of community members, the effort's final recommendations, and lessons learned.  

Presenters:
Sarah Saviskas & Kendra Breiland, Fehr & Peers
Thara Johnson, City of Newcastle
Kevin McDonald & Emil King, City of Bellevue
Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Time: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Location: West Eugene/Churchill Neighborhood

This 2 mile car-free route will connect activity centers at McCornack Elementary School, Acorn City Park and West 11th in the BikeFriday Parking Lot. Come enjoy 4 hours of open streets, tons of FREE activities and great food! Sign up to volunteer!

Sunday Streets Neighborhood Tree Walk

Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Time: 2-3:30 pm.
Location: Acorn Park
Join Friends of Trees at Sunday Streets in West Eugene on September 23rd! Our director Erik will lead a walk from our booth at Acorn Park through the surrounding streets to look at the trees that make up this West Eugene neighborhood.
Learn more here.

Webinar:  Walking Towards Justice Episode #4: Connecting and Allying with the Disability Rights Movement

Date: Wednesday, September 26th
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Location: 99 E. Broadway, 4th Floor, Lyle Room
At their core, walkable communities are about the way space and land use serve as foundations for how humans interact. Walkability advocates have worked tirelessly for years to address how we move through, in, and from spaces. Protecting and guaranteeing the right to experience places, spaces and environments is spatial justice and walkability advocates understand that how we organize space influences social relations.  There could not be a more potentially aligned effort to promote spatial justice than walkability advocates and disability rights advocates.
 
The fourth episode of the America Walks’ Walking Towards Justice discussion series, co-hosted with the National Center for Health, Physical Activity, and Disability and Lakeshore Foundation, will feature leaders and founders of the Disability Rights Movement and will explore how to promote spatial justice for all community members.  In our continued work to operationalize inclusion and accessibility in the mission of America Walks, this episode of Walking toward Justice will dive into how disability rights and the history of the disability rights movement have shaped and created the spaces we live, work and play in today. The discussion will provide an overview of the history of the disability rights movement, the intentional commitment to create accessible and inclusive spaces, and develop an awareness of the actions we all need to take to create safe, accessible, equitable and enjoyable places for everyone to walk and be physically active.

Downtown Riverfront Park – Final Concept Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: EWEB North Headquarters Community Room
The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division and the design consultant team led by Walker Macy are seeking community input at the last in a series of public meetings.  On Thursday, September 27, weigh in on the final design concept for the Downtown Riverfront Park. All ages are welcome, including kids, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here.

Breakfast at the Bike Bridges: Autzen Footbridge

Date: September 28th 
Time:
7-9:30 am
Location: Frohnmayer (Autzen) Bridge
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

Wheels By The Willamette

Date: September 28th 
Time:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Northbank Path Boat Launch, Springfield OR
Save the date for refreshments, free bike safety checks, and safety gear. The boat launch is located at the south end of Aspen St, near West D Street. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Thank You & Fashion Show

Date: Wednesday, October 3rd 
Time:
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Kesey Square
This is a special THANK YOU party for all our volunteers, sponsors and staff who helped make our season of Sunday Streets, Smartrips, Breakfast at the Bike Bridges, and Party in the Parks a success. If you attended these events and would like to join in, you are welcome too. 

This is also a special goodbye to two of our amazing long-standing coordinators- Lee Miller and Emily Farthing. Emily has taken a Director position at Nova Era Vidigal Coliving - Coworking - Bar in Rio de Janeiro and will be leaving for Brazil, and a bike trip on her Bike Friday through Central America shortly after this party. Lee Miller will also be embarking after this event to cycle through the U.S. and potentially South America as well. Epic bike adventures await!

We will celebrate with free pizza, a Winter Wear Bike Gear Fashion Show, a live DJ, and raffle prizes. Bring a friend and come have some fun at our last hoorah of the season!
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 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

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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