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Eugene students’ proposed downtown-to-campus bikeway moving forward

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Rendering of 13th at Oak Street in Eugene.
(Image: LiveMove)

A student-driven project in Eugene, intended to create a “more comfortable and intuitive” link between the University of Oregon campus and downtown Eugene, seems to be on its way to construction and just scored a statewide planning award.

We’ve ventured south of our usual coverage area to track this project a bit because it’s such a good example of community-driven planning in a city with close Portland ties.

UO graduate student David Minor was killed in a car crash while riding his bike on East 13th Avenue in 2008. His parents have put up $150,000 in his memory to support this project.

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First-ever Oregon Bicycle Adventure Summit set for January 21st

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Oregon has a lot of backroads and more and
more people are setting out on bikes to discover them.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

In the latest sign of surging interest in endurance, gravel, and adventure riding, a new event dubbed the Oregon Bicycle Adventure Summit will take place in Eugene later this month.

The event is the brainchild of Eugene resident and co-owner of Co-Motion Cycles Dwan Shepard. Shepard, a veteran of Oregon’s bike industry who has been active as a sponsor and participant in rides and races throughout the state for many years, felt it was time to organize the enthusiasm for “gravel grinders“, gran fondos, and rides like the Oregon Outback.
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Student project could become two-way buffered bike lane in Eugene

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Rendering of 13th at Oak Street in Eugene.
(Image: LiveMove)

When we explored four reasons college towns tend to be bike-friendly last month, we left one off: they produce lots of technical experts who are passionate about improving their communities.

It looks as if a group of Eugene students is likely to do exactly that. After nine months of volunteer planning, the University of Oregon group LiveMove has unveiled a plan for their city’s second two-way bike facility, and the city government is officially considering it.

The plan is for 13th Avenue, a one-mile one-way corridor between the UO campus and Olive Street in downtown Eugene. The east-west route has a bike lane, a bus line and various commercial storefronts.

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University of Oregon student group funds bike share system

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
(Photo: UO Bike Program)

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) has approved a $199,000 investment to launch a bike share system on the Eugene campus. The system will be initially launched with four rental stations and 40 bikes and it will be managed by the UO Bike Program.

UO Bike Program Coordinator Ted Sweeney says the bike share system will help get more people riding, “Without the individual ownership costs and hassles of maintenance, storage, and fear of theft.”

The system will consist of rental hubs located strategically throughout UO’s 295 acre campus. Also, thanks to a partnership between the ASUO, Lane Transit District, and the City of Eugene, the bike share system could eventually expand beyond campus. LTD and the City have applied for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant that would expand the system to 10 rental stations and 100 bikes covering campus and locations in Eugene’s downtown core. (more…)

What comes first; greenways or bridges?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Bob & Shane in front of
Eugene’s DeFazio Bridge
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

Should a city focus on big, high-profile facilities or should they focus on building a network of safe, low-stress connector streets and trails if they want to make riding a bike safer and easier?

It’s a chicken-or-egg sort of conversation I got into with Shane MacRhodes, Program Manager of Eugene Safe Routes to School, while we were riding around Eugene with Bob Passaro, publisher of Eugene Bicyclist.

Our conclusion was that one can’t exist without the other if either are going to live up to their full potential.
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The view from my bike: 5 ways Eugene has changed in 10 years

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Much has changed in
“Track Town USA”
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

Before last week I hadn’t ridden my bicycle much in Eugene since Martha Steward and Busta Rhymes appeared on TV together. I grew up in Eugene and occasionally rode my bike to school when I was younger. Unfortunately that stopped when I got my driver’s license and was caught up in the “you’re only cool if you have a car” culture of high school.

During a recent visit it was interesting to be back in the city where I grew up, but with the perspective of an outsider getting to know the city from the seat of a bicycle.

Most of what I saw were positive changes that have made the decision to ride a bike an easier one (and it’s no fluke that Eugene ranks atop the U.S. when it comes to bike commuting). Read on to see how my old hometown has changed — for the better — for bikes…
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A visit to Co-Motion Cycles in Eugene

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Tandems on display at Co-Motion Cycles in west Eugene
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

During my time in Eugene, in addition to seeing the city’s new cycle track, I stopped by Co-Motion Cycles for a tour of their facilities. My initial plan was to take a look at some of the interesting facts about the production of their bicycles, but I ended up also learning a bit about their approach to business. (more…)

Is it still a bikeway if you can’t find it? The importance of good signage

Friday, December 16th, 2011
I can find the Park & Ride,
but where’s the bike route?!?
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

Twice in the last few weeks I’ve ridden my bike along an unfamiliar route. Both rides were enjoyable; but the key difference was how difficult it was to find my way.

On the first ride, through an area where I’ve lived and ridden regularly for the past four years, I had to bring a personal tour guide. On the second ride I navigated an area I had not seen from a bike seat in nearly a decade, along a route I was not familiar with; but I did it completely solo, with no tour guide and no map.
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Impressions, photos of Eugene’s new two-way cycle track

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Alder Street cycle track near UO.
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

During a recent trip to Eugene, I had the pleasure of going for a bike ride with Shane MacRhodes, Program Manager of Eugene Safe Routes to School, and Bob Passaro, publisher of Eugene Bicyclist to see recent improvements in bicycle access around the city.

Despite seeing a lot of really great things (which I’ll share more of soon), nothing I saw was quite as impressive as the two-way cycle track near the University of Oregon.
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UO’s renovated student union will include full-service ‘Bike Center’

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
PSU's Bike Hub
PSU’s Bike Hub served as inspiration
for the new Bike Center at UO.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A $160 million renovation of University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Student Union (EMU) will include a new, 5,000 square foot ‘Bike Center’ that will include retail and repair services, secure bike parking, showers, locker space and more. The project shows UO’s response to the growing demand for bicycling at the Eugene campus where 17 percent of students ride.

UO’s Bike Program is currently housed on the edge of campus in a cramped space dubbed “the barn.” EMU Bike Center Project Coordinator Briana Orr, who helped start UO’s Bike Program in 2008, told me today that the EMU Bike Center is modeled after Portland State University’s Bike Hub. “It’s best model we’ve seen.” (more…)

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