City of Eugene

InMotion January 2011
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MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT Public Comment sought for Proposed Eugene Bike/Ped Projects Comments Sought on Eugene’s Future Transportation System Mia Birk, Bicycle Advocate and Planner, to Share Story of Portland’s Bike-Friendly Transformation City Rings in the New Year with Downtown Bike Hoops FEATURED NEWS  EMX Gateway Grand Opening – Jan 9th Carpool2Save: New Incentive Program Rewards Employees Who Carpool to Work Ride in the Rain, A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation Eugene Commuting: Not So Bad! New Pedestrian Signalized Crossings installed in Springfield PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan - Project Advisory Committee Meeting – January 24th AREA EVENTS City of Eugene - Walking Groups  Bike riding for Fun and Fitness – Wednesdays A show not to miss. “Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers” – Opens Jan. 14 Snowboarding in partnership w/ SOS Outreach

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 Public Comment sought for Proposed Eugene Off-Street Path Projects The federally-funded Transportation Enhancement program has historically funded many offstreet path projects in Eugene. In the current round of funding, the Oregon Department of Transportation is considering two projects in Eugene out of about 85 applications in total. The public comment period for the Transportation Enhancement (TE) project selection process is now open and will continue through Jan. 28, 2011. The TE program is very competitive, so it is important to weigh in on these projects if you have any comments. Comments will be accepted through an internet survey that is accessible via the ODOT Local Government Section website ( ) or directly at . The ODOT Local Government Section web site also has links to the list of projects under consideration, and to copies of the TE applications. Proposed Eugene projects include: Jessen Path and Lighting, Beltline Highway to Terry Street. The 12’ wide concrete path would be approximately 5,000 feet long and can be constructed entirely on City-owned property and will not require any further right-of-way acquisition. The lighting will be pedestrian scale and designed to light the path for user safety but with shield to minimize skyward illumation and into the natural areas. This project will serve the Golden Gardens Park and provide a safe and comfortable alternative to busy streets for the neighborhood along Barger Street. The path would connect with the Beltline Highway off-street path and the bike lanes on Terry Street. The total project cost is $1,339,038. Westmoreland Park Path and Lighting project. New east-west and north-south paths would be built through Westmoreland Park to reduce out of direction travel for pedestrians and bicyclists who must now travel through a congested school parking lot at the Arts and Technology Academy (formerly Jefferson Middle School) or travel on busy streets such as Chambers Avenue and Polk Street. This project will also provide a connection to the Fern Ridge Path. This project will not only improve the transportation system for people traveling through the area but will also better serve students, staff, and visitors traveling to the Arts and Technology Academy, Family School, Boys and Girls Club, and Kidsports, and the many people who attend the sports activities that take place at the City-owned sports fields in Westmoreland Park. The east-west path will make a new pedestrian and bicycle connection from Fillmore Street to the intersection of Taylor Street/20th Avenue and provide a connection to the 20th corridor which staff hopes to identify improvements to make this a desirable walking and biking corridor. The new paths would be 2,500-feet long with human-scaled lighting designed to light the path for user safety but with shields to reduce skyward illumination. The project will also add lighting on the existing path from 18th Avenue to the Boys and Girls Club next to the Arts and Technology School. The total project cost will be up to $1,149,441.  

Comments Sought on Eugene’s Future Transportation System The future of Eugene’s transportation system is open for comment. A survey has been developed to gather public input about the future of local transportation. A link to the survey can be found on the Eugene Transportation System Plan web site at Eugene is developing a comprehensive strategy to address the community’s transportation needs over the next 20 years. The new Eugene Transportation System Plan will look at all transportation modes, including freight, pedestrians and bicyclists, transit, rail networks, airport and personal vehicles to see what changes could be made to better meet the long-term needs of Eugene’s residents, businesses, and visitors. Information gathered by the survey will be used by a number of local agencies, including the cities of Eugene, Springfield, and Coburg; Lane Transit District; and the Lane Council of Governments. For more information about Eugene’s Transportation System, contact Kurt Yeiter at or go to

Mia Birk, Bicycle Advocate and Planner, to Share Story of Portland’s Bike-Friendly Transformation When: Thursday, Jan. 13th – 5:30 - 6:30pm: Social Hour, 6:30 - 7:30pm: Lecture and Q&A Where: Oregon Electric Station 27 E. 5th Ave. Eugene, OR In the last 20 years Portland has made its name as one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities. Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet tells the story of the transformation of Portland into a bicycle mecca, plus much more. On Thursday, Jan. 13, author Mia Birk shares behindthe-scenes details of how she and her team helped Portland earn its reputation for bicycling. The event at the Oregon Electric Station, 27 East Fifth Ave. begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 6:30 p.m. The event will end with a question and answer session and a book signing. Birk will share stories and inspiration for moving Eugene forward in making cycling a rational, everyday option for even more members of our community. The event is presented by LiveMove a student organization at the University of Oregon that studies and promotes active transportation. It is cosponsored by the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene. The presentation is a part of the LiveMove speaker series: “Movers and Shakers: Connecting People and Places.” Birk was Portland’s Bicycle Program Manager from 1993 to 1999. She is currently the CEO and principal planner for Alta Planning + Design. She is also co-founder of the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Cities for Cycling Project, and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and adviser to the Post Carbon Institute.

For more information, including details of a staff presentation, please contact Lindsay Selser, transportation planning technician, at or 541-682-5094. City Rings in the New Year with Downtown Bike Hoops Epark, the Parking Services Program, uses meter poles to provide better bike parking Downtown cyclists have more parking options thanks to recently installed bike hoops. Approximately 35 metal hoops were attached to meter posts last week to provide bicyclists a place to secure their bikes in downtown Eugene. Twenty-five more hoops are expected to be installed over the next several weeks. The design of the hoops, by Creative Metalworks from Dayton, Oregon, promote Eugene’s support of bicycling and public art. The hoops also address concerns about the loss of bicycle parking when parking meters were removed from a 12 block area in downtown last October to expand the downtown free parking program. Reusing meter poles by attaching the hoops allows bicyclists to lock up their bikes in convenient, downtown locations. Epark, the City of Eugene’s Parking Services program, manages downtown, campus, and neighborhood parking, including the operation of off‐street parking facilities, code enforcement, and Municipal Court services. Along with the two-hour downtown free parking program, the new bike hoops are an investment to help bring more people downtown.   on EmX yet, this is a great time to try it. (Fares will be required on other LTD buses.) FEATURED NEWS EMX Gateway Grand Opening – Jan 9th Celebrate with LTD and the opening of the second bus rapid transit corridor of EmX system and extend service to the Gateway area. Service begins on Sunday, January 9. Refreshments! Prizes! LTD staff will be on hand to greet you at the Springfield Station, Gateway Station, and Eugene Station. Free refreshments will be available and prize drawings will be held between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on opening day. Radio personalities will broadcast live from the Springfield Station (KFLY 101.5 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.) and Gateway Station (KDUK 104.7 1 p.m.-3 p.m.) , and musicians from the Oregon Mozart Players will play on board EmX. Join the fun! Contest Enter the contest for a chance to win great prizes. Pick up a form at Customer Service or download the form here. Enter by Friday, January 28, for a chance to win. FREE EmX! All EmX service will be free from January 9-

January 15, 2011, in celebration of the opening of the new corridor. If you haven't taken a ride

Carpool2Save: New Incentive Program Rewards Employees Who Carpool to Work point2point Solutions is pleased to announce carpool2save, a three-month incentive program that encourages employees to form new carpools. Employees who currently drive to work alone could receive up to $150 in Unique Eugene dollars (valid at 20 area retailers) when they carpool to work a minimum of ten times between February 1, 2011, and April 30, 2011. Existing carpoolers will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of five participating merchants when they have carpooled to work a minimum of ten times during the same time period (February 1, 2011, through April 30, 2011) and have completed all of the registration, trip reporting, and survey requirements. Not only will commuters save money and earn rewards, but the reduction in traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions will benefit the entire community. Also, when employees carpool to work, valuable parking spaces are freed up for customers and clients! point2point Solutions anticipates a high level of participation and encourages interested employees to register early. Participants may register and set up a trip diary online at Once registered, a link to a short pre-survey will be e-mailed to them. Incentives will be mailed to participants at the end of the three-month program after completion of a post-survey. For commuters who don’t have a carpool partner, point2point Solutions can provide them with a free match list of other commuters who live and work near them and who share similar schedules. Visit for your free match report. The carpool2save incentive program has been made possible by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce vehicle miles traveled and to encourage long-term changes in commuting behavior. point2point Solutions recognizes that many employees have concerns that they may need their car in case of an emergency. To address this concern, point2point Solutions offers a free workplace Emergency Ride Home Program. Each employee of a participating employer may receive up to four free taxi rides home per year in the event of a personal or family emergency when they commute to work without their car (or in case their carpool driver has an emergency and has to leave work early). For more information about carpool2save or enrolling in the Emergency Ride Home Program, please visit or contact Tracy Smith at 541.682.6183 or

Ride in the Rain, A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation When: January 12th, 10:30am to 5:00pm Where: The amphitheater of the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus The University of Oregon Bike Program and Collin's Cycle Shop have won a grant from Globe Bicycles to host an all-day celebration of year-round bicycle commuting on January 12th, 2011. The event, “Ride in the Rain, A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation,” will be held in

the amphitheater of the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus from 10:30am to 5:00pm. The celebration will feature free bike repair, music with bike-powered amplification, a rain gear fashion show, a “track-stand” competition, a community ride, and a keynote address by Cycle Oregon's Jerry Norquist. Fourteen brand new cargo bikes donated by Globe will also mark the launch of short term bicycle loans through the UO Bike Program. Eugene is known nationally for both its rain and its bikeability. “Students especially rely on bicycles to get around, but they are understandably deterred by our wet winter climate,” said UO Bike Program Coordinator Ted Sweeney. “We designed Ride in the Rain to generate excitement and empowerment around winter riding, and we are very excited that Globe chose to support our project.” Awarded as a Specialized Dealer Grant and worth around $10,000, Globe's fourteen donated cargo bikes come fully equipped with fenders, built-in lights, and cargo racks capable of bearing up to ninety pounds, sending the message that bikes can be viable vehicles in any weather. Other sponsors, including Planet Bike, Castelli USA, Kryptonite, Grundén's, the UO Office of Sustainability, and Cyclone Bicycle Supply are supplying rain gear and other essential equipment for use in the new short term bike loan program. For more information, please contact Ted Sweeney, UO Bike Program Coordinator., (503) 737-4419 Eugene Commuting: Not So Bad! According to, a financial data website, Eugene’s commuters have it among the best in the nation! An analysis of commuting costs and trends by TheStreet, Bundle, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology estimated not only what people throughout the U.S. spend each year for transportation, but what cities are the worst off in terms of expenses and time spent in commute traffic. The study shows Eugene as one of the best cities in the nation in terms of less distances driven during the commute, gas costs, and time spent in traffic. The full article is available at:

New Pedestrian Signalized Crossings installed in Springfield Motorists will be alerted to stop when people are using one of two new pedestrian crossings on Gateway Street and Harlow Road in Springfield. The crossings and associated beacons are located on Gateway Street near the U.S. Post Office and on Harlow Road near Pheasant Blvd. In partnership with the City of Springfield, LTD installed the new pedestrian crosswalks and beacons as part of the Gateway EmX project to help transit customers and other people safely cross these busy streets.

When not activated, the beacon remains dark, allowing traffic to proceed as usual. Pedestrians activate the beacon by pushing the designated button. The overhead traffic beacon begins by flashing yellow then changing to solid yellow, advising drivers to prepare to stop. The beacon then displays a solid red and shows the pedestrian “Walk” indication. Finally, an alternating flashing red beacon indicates that motorists may proceed after having come to a full stop and after pedestrians have crossed their lane and the adjacent lane. Pedestrians are shown a flashing “Don’t Walk” with a countdown indicating the time left to cross. Below is a diagram that shows the Pedestrian Beacon sequence that is displayed to motorists.

  PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan - Project Advisory Committee Meeting – January 24th Members of the public are invited to attend the next Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the update of Eugene’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan update. A brief public comment period is provided at the beginning of the each PAC meeting. When: Monday, October 25, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Where: Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave, Eugene For more information about the project, visit or contact Dave Roth at 541-682-5727

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. A show not to miss. “Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers”

Free Opening Reception — Friday, January 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art In 2006, Chris Jordan began this series of digital photographs, which present aspects of contemporary American culture through the incorporation of nearly incomprehensible statistics regarding American consumerism and excess. Each image portrays a specific quantity of consumption or cultural value: two million plastic beverage bottles (the number used in the U.S. every five minutes) ; 426,000 cell phones (the number retired every day); 2.3 million orange prison uniforms (the number of Americans incarcerated annually). Jordan portrays these statistics by incorporating them visually in large, intricately detailed photographic prints, some based on famous artworks by Georges Seurat and Ansel Adams, assembled from thousands of smaller images. “Chris Jordan's photographic project offers a rare and unique opportunity to have a conversation about important subject matter that cuts through art-world boundaries into the environmental and social sciences,” said Chris Bruce, exhibition curator and executive director of the Museum of Art at Washington State University. A full series of programs complements the exhibition and addresses the statistics and issues raised in the exhibition. You can also find Chris Jordan’s book, “Running The Numbers” at the Eugene Public Library. Link: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Snowboarding in partnership w/ SOS Outreach Participants will receive three days of professional instructions, equipment rental, lift tickets, transportation and clothing for only $150! You will overcome fears and discover new possibilities! Level 1 – Learn to Snowboard! $150 Session 1 #93114 • Pretrip Jan 18 Tues. 6:30-8:30p • Trips Jan 23, 30, Feb 6 Sun. 7a-6p Session 2 #93113 • Pretrip Mar 8 Tues. 6:30-8:30p • Trips Mar 13, 20, 27 Sun. 7a-6p Level 2 – Improve your Snowboarding! $150 #93131 • Pretrip Feb 8 Tues. 6:30-8:30p • Trips Feb 13, 27, Mar 6 Sun. 7a-6p Please contact the City of Eugene River House Outdoor Program at 541-682-5329 with questions or to register.


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! 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 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‐

(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: 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. the City of Eugene website contains bike maps and resources for biking in Eugene. 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 ( 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.

(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 . 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 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 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, For more information contact Carmella at . 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 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 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 COMMUNITY BIKE BLOGS

(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,

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 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: 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 , or go to 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 (TOP) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This message has been sent by the Transportation Options Team to the individuals and organizations listed in our database who have requested information about transportation activities and options in Eugene, OR. Transportation Options is part of the City of Eugene Public Works Engineering. Our offices are located at 99 E. Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401. If you do not wish to receive these messages in the future please email . Thank you and our apologies if you received this message in error.