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InMotion November 2010
This November we are thankful for our InMotion readers. We are also so very thankful for Eugene’s excellent walking and biking infrastructure, especially the new Delta Ponds walking and biking Bridge! Stay informed about the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan on the project website: www.eugenepedbikeplan.org
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MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT Let’s Talk Transit – November 9 West Eugene EmX Alternatives Analysis Report Available Recap of October’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Events FEATURED NEWS Building Inspectors Check Out Pedal Power For Large Site CONFIDENT CYCLING CLASS: Traffic Skills - November 4 & 6 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Delta Ponds Walking and Biking Bridge Update I-5 Willamette River Bridge Construction Update AREA EVENTS City of Eugene - Walking Groups Bike riding for Fun and Fitness – Wednesdays November Rock Climbing Drop-in - Wednesdays Drop in Kayaking - Thursdays Cars and Climate Change – November 1 Upcoming Interpreted Park Walks – November 6 Ridgeline Trail System Events Wetland Wander – November 16 The Citizen Agent of Change Workshop – November 18
Turkey Burn – November 27
All City sponsored meetings and workshops listed are open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, an interpreter or FM assistive listening system can be provided with 48 hours notice prior to the meeting. To arrange for these services for any of the City workshops listed above, please contact City staff at (541) 682-5291. MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT Let’s Talk Transit – November 9 Reserve Your Seat for this Important Event Tuesday, November 9 Eugene Hilton 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Continental breakfast served at 7:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required!! This free event brings in the best and brightest minds from near and far. Hear about the community benefit of transit and projects like bus rapid transit toward creating healthy, sustainable communities. Seating is limited, so RSVP early! Speakers include: • John Inglish, CEO Utah Transit Authority • Congressman Peter DeFazio • Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy • Springfield City Councilor Christine Lundberg • LTD Board Member Greg Evans RSVP to Kelly at 541-682-6106 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org West Eugene EmX Alternatives Analysis Report Available
Lane Transit District and the City have been eagerly awaiting the release of the alternatives analysis report for the West Eugene EmX project. At LTD’s request, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has agreed to allow LTD to release the alternatives analysis report to have an important community conversation about the project. FTA will continue to review the document and the agency’s comments will be incorporated at a later date. Some comments have been provided by FTA, and LTD staff is incorporating them into the document. The document is scheduled to be released to the public on Thursday, October 28. The good news is that we will be able to roll up our sleeves, review the data and begin the discussions leading up to the selection of a locally preferred alternative. An electronic copy of the report will be available at www.ltd.org (look for the link on that page). Paper copies can be reviewed at the Eugene Public Library main branch (100 West 10th Avenue), Sheldon Branch (1566 Coburg Road), Bethel Branch (1990 Echo Hollow Road), Springfield Public Library (225 Fifth Street, Springfield), Eugene City Manager’s Office, LTD Customer Service (Willamette and 11th Avenue), LTD Administrative Offices (3500 East 17th Avenue, Eugene), Eugene Chamber of Commerce
(1401 Willamette Street), Springfield Chamber of Commerce (101 South A Street, Springfield), and HACSA Housing Authority of Lane County (177 Day Island Drive, Eugene) LTD encourages use of the electronic version out of sensitivity for the environment and cost. LTD will, however, be printing several hundred copies of the report summary document and distributing it widely. A hard copy or electronic disk of the full 500 + page document is available upon request at cost (currently estimated at $100 for a hard copy or $10 for a disk). Because the alternatives analysis report is a sizeable report with a lot of data, several open houses will be held to answer questions. Here are the dates and times (locations are still being determined): Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since July, when the alternatives analysis report was submitted to FTA, LTD has continued to meet with citizens, decision makers, property owners and businesses along each of the alignments. These valuable conversations have provided LTD with an opportunity to incorporate feedback into mitigation planning that will help reduce many of the impacts along the proposed corridors. Mitigation plans are expected to be available within the next two weeks. For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld at 541-682-5343 or email@example.com.
Recap of October’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Events October was a busy and exciting month for the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. As a quick update, we held our first public open house on Thursday October 14th at Monroe Middle School in Eugene. Over 70 Eugene residents attended to learn about the project and provide feedback on the Existing Conditions Report, review potential new infrastructure design tools, and to make suggested improvements to Eugene’s existing pedestrian and bicycle network. We’ll be incorporating feedback from the open house into future network improvements and into a new pedestrian and bicycle design toolkit. On October 22nd, the Pedestrian and Bicycle project team held an all-day pedestrian and bicycle design workshop with various City and agency staff to begin developing a framework for Eugene’s new Pedestrian and Bicycle Design Toolkit. Over the past several years, a number of new infrastructure and facility design tools have emerged to address the safety needs of pedestrians and bicyclists. The purpose of the toolkit is to help the City of Eugene develop policies and practices around the use of these tools. Several participants of the all-day workshop stayed in Eugene for the Transportation Remix event held later that evening at the Oregon Electric Station. With standing room only, the Transportation Remix event offered an enthusiastic audience a look at innovative pedestrian and bicycle design tools in use both internationally and nationally. The panel presentation, moderated by ODOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator Sheila Lyons, included presentations from Ed Fischer, former ODOT State Traffic Engineer, Jessica Roberts, Program Manager at Alta Planning and Design, and Hugh Prichard, retired Eugene developer. The presentations and panel discussion offered a glimpse into the future of communities enhanced by thoughtful pedestrian and bicycle design. Over the course of the next two months, the project team and the two project advisory committees will work on developing recommendations for tools to be included in the toolkit and recommendations for future network development. The combination of design tools and infrastructure improvements will continue to move Eugene forward with its legacy of visionary pedestrian and bicycle design. To stay up to date on the project and provide feedback, please visit www.eugenepedbikeplan.org.
FEATURED NEWS Building Inspectors Check Out Pedal Power For Large Site Inspections Building Inspector Bob Wentz has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to inspecting new construction on the University of Oregon campus, but his job just got faster and greener thanks to a new folding bike. Planning and Development’s Building Inspection team recently invested in two folding bikes that can be easily transported to construction areas. Once inspectors have parked their vehicle in a central location, they just unfold the bike and ride to each inspection site. The bikes not only save the inspectors time driving from site to site, but they also support the City’s climate and energy goals by reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, contact Building Inspection Supervisor Kyle Richardson at 541-682-8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFIDENT CYCLING CLASS: Traffic Skills - November 4 & 6 Nov. 4, 6-9pm and Nov. 6, 8:30am-2:30pm. This class teaches cyclists the laws, skills and technique, giving riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The course covers state laws as they pertain to bike riders, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginning to experienced. This 9 hr. class, endorsed by the League of American Bicyclists and offered by GEARs, is offered in 2 parts. Register online at EugeneGears.org. Materials Fee $10.
CONTRUCTION UPDATES Delta Ponds Walking and Biking Bridge Update Good News! The contractors are optimistic that they will stay on schedule and have the new bridge open the 3rd week in November. Now that’s something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I-5 Willamette River Bridge Construction Update Please slow down and use additional caution on the detour paths near the Willamette River Bridge Project in the Whilamut Natural area. Poor visibility due to increasing darkness and unlit paths makes the morning and evening commutes more difficult. In addition, rain slicked paths
and sharp turns connecting the detour path greatly increase the chance of an accident. The number of daily path users along with the construction traffic adds to the congestion that you need to be aware of and plan for. Thanks for increased efforts making use of the paths in the construction area a safe experience for all. For additional information contact John Lively at (541) 484-7052 or e-mail at email@example.com or check the Willamette River Project blog at willametteriverbridge.blogspot.com. AREA EVENTS City of Eugene - Walking Groups Two self-led groups walk weekly. The Walk ‘n’ Talkers walk 3-5 miles at a quick pace every Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. from Campbell Community Center, 155 High St. The Walk With Us group walks from Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd., every Thursday 9-11 a.m. for more information call Campbell: 541-682-5318, or Pete Barn: 541-682-5521. Bike riding for Fun and Fitness – Wednesdays Senior bike riders depart from Campbell Community Center for in-town rides every Wednesday, through Dec. 29. Helmets required. Drop in. Free. Call 541-682-5318 for information. November Rock Climbing Drop-in - Wednesdays Come to Community Climb Time on the climbing wall at Arts & Technology Academy at Jefferson, 1650 W. 22nd. Climbers age 4 and up can learn rock climbing basics, practice indoor climbing and spend quality time as a family. The cost is $5 and includes instruction, equipment and maintenance. All climbers must be able to fit into a climbing harness. Climbs are every Wednesdays, through Dec. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (No climb Nov. 24.) Call 541-682-5329 for information. Drop in Kayaking - Thursdays Every Thursday, 8-10 a.m. at Echo Hollow Pool, for ages 12 and older. Bring your own equipment; no instruction provided. Call 541-682-5525 for more information. $5. Cars and Climate Change – November 1 The Oregon Humanities Center and the LiveMove Speaker Series are pleased to bring you: Cars and Climate Change How we can help cut global warming pollution through new fuel efficiency standards. Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign will be presenting at 3:30pm on Monday, November 1st in the Knight Library Browsing Room on the University of Oregon campus. The event is free and open to the public. Upcoming Interpreted Park Walks – November 6 Eugene Recreation Outdoor Program offers free, First Saturday Park Walks that are led by local experts who will help you explore and learn about the ecology and management of Eugene’s parks. On Nov. 6, explore the Fern Ridge Wildlife area. Note: meeting location has changed: meet inside the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area headquarters at 26969 Cantrell Road. On Dec. 4, walk Alton Baker Park. Meet by the duck pond, near the bathrooms at the main entrance to the park. Call 541-682-6358 for more information. Ridgeline Trail System Events
If you would like to get some exercise, meet new people, and help maintain our wonderful Ridgeline Trail System here are some great volunteer opportunities to put on your calendar: Sunday, November 14th The Disciples of Dirt, a local mountain bike club, is working on the afternoon of Sunday the 14th on the Headwaters Trail. Please call or email for more information. Sunday, November 21st The Blanton Trail Group is meeting at the Blanton Road trailhead on the third Sunday of the month at 9:00 am and working until noon. Their work is primarily habitat enhancement and they are still in the invasive species removal phase. Bring loppers if you have them – but they have extras on hand. Contact Lois Hagen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, November 27th The Obsidians, a local outdoor club, meet on the last Saturday of the month at the main parking lot for Spencer Butte off Willamette at 9:00 am. They generally work until noon. In the summer months they switch to a weekday afternoon after work. Trail maintenance can mean hauling gravel or posts, digging, chopping, dragging but it always means getting dirty and/or wet. Habitat enhancement is removing invasive plants or planting native plants in places that have been disturbed or to obscure unofficial trails. For all of the projects above, please dress for the weather and for working outdoors. An RSVP is very helpful. Tools, gloves, materials and instruction provided by Volunteers in Parks. Contact Lorna Baldwin at 541-682-4845 or email@example.com. Wetland Wander – November 16 9:00am-10:00am November 16th Meadowlark Prairie Wetland Wanders are casual walks through various West Eugene Wetlands sites each 2nd Tuesday of every month. WREN will provide binoculars. Meet at Overlook on Greenhill Rd. For more information call 683-6494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Citizen Agent of Change Workshop – November 18 Join us for an evening of ideas, inspiration and conversation on November 18, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at EWEB for The Citizen Agent of Change – Making Headway Through Economic Uncertainty and Political Paralysis. The Eugene Chapter of the Center for Earth Leadership invites you to a post-election conversation with Dick Roy, Center Co-Founder of the Earth Leadership Institute in Portland. During this time of economic and political uncertainty, with headwinds opposing legislation to create a sustainable culture, the citizen agent of change has an elevated role to play. Within our circles of influence, we have immense potential to introduce sustainable practices, raise ecological awareness, and take action to protect the earth without waiting for sweeping legislation. During our conversation, we will consider how to magnify our collective efforts as citizen agents of change. After the conversation, registrations will be taken for two early 2011 events, offered by the Eugene Chapter without cost, to further expand on the role of change agent. A January
workshop will be held by Jeanne and Dick Roy on the art of local organizing. In late February, the Center’s training on “How to Be an Agent of Change in Your Circle of Influence.” While working as an agent of change, the results are often immediate and tangible. Suddenly at Laurelhurst Elementary in Portland, 21 classrooms had worm boxes with children transfixed by red wrigglers. At the annual Greek Festival, a crew of 15 recycling experts appeared for the first time with tell-tale green bandanas. Collectively, these agents are transforming the broader culture. The November 18 meeting will be in the Training Room, North Headquarters Bldg., Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), 500 4th Ave., Eugene. For additional information, contact Emily Klavins at 503-227-2315 or email@example.com. Turkey Burn – November 27 Burn off those Thanksgiving dinner calories at this water fitness class while you learn about the benefits of low-impact, high resistance exercise. Nov. 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Echo Hollow (541682-5525) and Sheldon (541-682-5314) Pools. Cost is $4.25.
CITY RESOURCES Report a Pothole Program It's easy to report a pothole to the Eugene Public Works Maintenance Division! There is even a handy online pothole reporting form available at www.eugene-or.gov/pothole! The form will ask for some brief information about the pothole, including its location (if on the path, try to give as much location info as possible). There's also a place for you to provide your contact information. If you would prefer, you can call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and file the report over the phone. If you'd like to follow up with the City after making a pothole request, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "pothole" in the subject line. (Please remember that Eugene Public Works only repairs potholes on streets/paths in the city of Eugene. We will make a field inspection of every reported pothole within two business days. In many cases we will immediately fill the pothole; however, in some cases we may choose to wait to schedule an alternate treatment such as maintenance overlay. FMI: go to www.eugene‐ or.gov/pothole)
(TOP) COMMUNITY RESOURCES Water Bottles to Benefit the Jane Higdon Foundation Honorary water bottles are being sold, with all proceeds going to help support the Jane Higdon Memorial Fund. The water bottles are $5.00 and being sold at Newman’s Fish Co. at 1545 Willamette Street, Eugene. Jane was an avid cyclist. She wanted to make a difference in the world and focused on ways to make her life more meaningful. She was tragically killed in 2006, when she was struck by a truck while on a bicycle training ride on a beautiful Oregon rural road.
The Memorial Fund supports scholarships and grants to encourage girls and young women to pursue healthy, active lifestyles and academic excellence. The Memorial Fund also makes donations to non-profits that advocate and work for bicycling and pedestrian safety in Oregon. Additional information can be found at: www.janehigdonfoundation.com Don’t Forget to Purchase Your “Share the Road” License Plates
Oregon residents can help support cycling throughout Oregon by purchasing “Share the Road” license plates from the Oregon State Department of Motor Vehicles. Proceeds go to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Cycle Oregon to help fund bicycle education and advocacy.
GOVERNMENT Point2Point Solutions promotes and offers transportation options programs to the Lane County region’s businesses, organizations, and educational institutions for their employees, staff and students. It is supported by Lane County’s jurisdictions and is housed at Lane Transit District. http://www.ltd.org/cs/csindex.html www.eugene-or.gov/bicycles the City of Eugene website contains bike maps and resources for biking in Eugene. www.keepusmoving.info This site is user friendly and contains regional information about the transportation planning process, current projects, and information about transportation options. The site is maintained by the Lane Council of Governments. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website includes links to the Oregon Bicycle Manual and information on laws and regulations and a list of bike travel web resources. Smart Ways to School (www.swts.ltd.org) offers free services to parents of K-12 students to help them walk, bike, carpool, or ride LTD to school. We offer a SchoolPool, a free carpoolmatch service. We can help parents find other students to form a walking or bicycling “school bus.” Smart Ways to School also manages the free LTD pass program for students in grades 612. Call 682-6212. UO Bike Program now offers bicycle maintenance classes every term. Call 541-346-4365 or come into the Outdoor Program office in the basement of the EMU to register. The U of O Department of Public Safety strongly encourages bicycling as a way of responsible transportation. With Oregon weather, bicycling in winter months can be discouraging and challenging for those that may not have the proper riding gear. You'll find information in this site about the availability of covered parking, safety recommendations, and a listing of local shops where you may purchase adequate gear for the conditions.
Lane Council of Governments is the Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization, the lead agency for regional transportation planning and distributing federal transportation dollars for the central Lane County area. It serves as a forum for cooperative transportation decision making within the region. The website has information about opportunities for public comment, news and events, meetings, and transportation plans and programs. http://www.thempo.org/
(TOP) COMMUNITY PARTNERS: The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is a statewide organization that works to promote bicycle use and safety and to improve bicycling conditions throughout the state of Oregon. In the Eugene/Springfield area, the BTA's Bicycle Safety program brings safety education to middle schools every year. For more information, go to www.bta4bikes.org . BikeLane Coalition is a local non-profit organization that promotes safe cycling in Lane County. Membership opportunities include the Corporate Membership option: web page for the company, commuting assistance and route planning; and the Premium Membership option that includes membership in the League of American Bicyclists, The League Magazine, Bicycle Magazine, Roadside assistance and the usual benefits of membership such as discounts at participating bike shops. A discount is offered for those already members of other local cycling organizations. For more information go to www.bikelanecoalition.org Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) is a non-profit organization committed to community involvement in manufacturing, using, and advocating sustainable modes of transportation. The first organization of its kind, the Center was founded in Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 1992. Since that time the CAT has established a number of projects under one roof designed to further this mission including Pedalers Express delivery service, education and youth programs, Eugene Bicycle Works community bike shop, and more. CAT has also established an apprenticeship program that focuses on cargo bike frame building. For more information, go to www.catoregon.org Eugene-Springfield Mossback Volkssport Club - Volkssports, literally "popular" or "folk" sports, are organized walking, swimming, bicycling, roller skating, and cross-country skiing events providing exercise that contributes to physical fitness. The Mossback Club usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Willamalane Senior Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street, Springfield. Please call 726-7169 or 747-6470, to verify meeting location. Club events are listed and described at their website, www.mossbacks.org. For more information contact Carmella at email@example.com . GEARS (Greater Eugene Area Riders) invites the community to join club members on several weekly bike rides. Rides vary in location, distance, and terrain. The main purpose of GEARs is to foster bike riding. All cyclists must wear an ANSI or SNEL/ASTM approved helmet. Riders should also carry a water bottle, tire pump, spare tube and patch kit. Everyone is welcome to attend Eugene GEARs Board Meetings. For more information or times and location go to www.eugenegears.org/ The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program is a community approach to encourage and enable more people to walk and bike to school safely. We support schools and families in their efforts to increase active transportation choices by supporting individual SRTS committees, growing
bicycle and pedestrian education for adults and children, and working to establish policies that encourage healthy, fun, and safe transportation choices. For more information contact Shane Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-556-3553 Nordic Walkers: For more information on Nordic Walking classes and lesson costs contact Barbara or Dan Gleason: 345-0450 or 345-3974 or email them at email@example.com COMMUNITY BIKE BLOGS www.eugenecycles.com www.webikeeugene.org www.eugenebicyclist.org
(TOP) BUSINESS PARTNERS: Walk a Smile In: Step up, step out, step forward! Avid longtime walker/retired nurse walks oneon-one with clients to support improving personal and planetary fitness. Call or email for details, charges, appointment. Gift certificates available. Call or email Jenny at 541-343-6049, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eugene Running Company offers a diverse series of walking and running groups for people of all levels from beginner to the hard-core. All groups and training are lead in a fun and supportive atmosphere. For more information on dates and times go to www.eugenerunningcompany.com Second Summer Tours is a group led by Rob Templin, a local rider in Eugene. Join Rob and friends as he shares some of the ‘secret’ paths that will challenge you with tough climbs but reward you with deserted, traffic-free riding; and scenery to take your breath away. Tours are based out of Eugene. For more information go to: http://www.secondsummertours.com/oregon.php Spirited Walkers Group Joining the Spirited Walkers marathon training group is a wonderful way to start the new year by making commitment to becoming more healthy and active, whether you actually want to walk a marathon or not. Registered walkers meet once a month for a sit down meeting of guest speakers who cover information about yoga for walkers, nutrition, hydration, clothes, shoes, and mental training techniques. There is a large group walking every Sunday. Beginning and intermediate mileage schedules are available. If you are interested, please contact Kay Porter at 342-6875 or email email@example.com , or go to www.thementalathlete.com for more information on times and cost. Walk With Me! Walk the World with Tyler Burgess, fitness walking instructor and marathon walking coach for the University of Oregon and Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Tyler walks to see the world, whether it is a big city, foreign country or our own backyard. Free walking tours take place on Tuesday nights from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Meet at the end of High Street by the Campbell Senior Center. It is free, fun, and for beginners. For more information go to www.walk-with-me.com (TOP)
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