City of Eugene

InMotion February 2011
Roses are red, violets are blue, we like to bike and we hope you do too!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our faithful InMotion readers out there. Hopefully you have been enjoying these unseasonably warm and sunny days we have been having by getting out to walk, bike, ride, scoot, run or hike. Stay informed about the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan on the project website: www.eugenepedbikeplan.org
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MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT West Eugene EmX Open Houses/Public Hearing FEATURED NEWS  Save the Date! Comment on the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan – March 3 UPDATE: Bike Parking for Events at the New Matthew Knight Arena PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT Envision Eugene Open Houses Present Goals and Strategies for Future Growth – Feb. 3 & 10 Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – February 10   AREA EVENTS City of Eugene - Walking Groups  Bike riding for Fun and Fitness – Wednesdays  Rock Climbing: Community Climb Time - Wednesdays University of Oregon City Design Lecture, “Retrofitting Suburbia” – February 3 Interpreted Park Walks – February 5 Mountain Bike Movie Night- Saturday February 5

Trail-work at North Shore Trail in Lowell - Sunday Feb 6 GEARs Announces 2011 Confident Cycling Class Schedule – Starting February 11 The Truffle Shuffle Run & Walk – February 13 Family Winter Hikes – February 20 or 27 All-Inclusive Snowboarding Lessons offered for Teens

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

West Eugene EmX Open Houses/Public Hearing After meeting with businesses, property owners, and residents, LTD has found ways to lessen many of the impacts along the proposed alignments. Creative strategies include operating a portion of the route in mixed traffic, changing course slightly to avoid trees, and other ideas that reduce or eliminate impacts on many properties. Check out the mitigated designs at www.weemx.ltd.org , and available at the City Manager's office. Decision makers will select a preferred alignment soon. Get information and provide feedback at one of the open houses listed below. The three decision-making groups will hear testimony at the public hearing in February. Let your voice be heard! OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, February 1, 2011 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eugene Public Library Bascom-Tykeson Room 100 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene

OPEN HOUSE/JOINT PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Open House: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Joint Public Hearing: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Eugene Hilton 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene

FEATURED NEWS Save the Date! Comment on the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan – March 3

What: Open House When: Thursday March 3rd, 4PM – 7PM Where: St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Charnelton & 11th) City of Eugene will be hosting its 2nd Open House for the public to comment on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The Master Plan provides sets our goals and priorities for where what we want Eugene to look like in the future in terms of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. The Open House will feature draft system and draft policy recommendations, cost and funding sources, and the recommended design toolkit. Take a look at the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan project website. UPDATE: Bike Parking for Events at the New Matthew Knight Arena What type of bicycle parking is available? • There are 150 permanent short term bike rack spaces for daily or event use. There are another 50 long term bicycle storage spaces. Will there be secure valet parking for bicycles? • Yes, for ticketed events with at least 6,500 spectators there will be 350 secure valet bicycle parking spaces available for $1.00 per bicycle. Valet parking will open one hour before the event and closes 30 minutes after the event's completion. Valet parking will be staffed by the UO Holden Leadership Center.

  PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

Envision Eugene Open Houses Present Goals and Strategies for Future Growth – Feb. 3 & 10 Two open houses over the next two weeks will provide opportunities for people to learn how their input has shaped draft strategies for Eugene’s growth and to give their feedback. The Envision Eugene Open Houses will be held: • • February 3, 2011 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at North Eugene High School Library, 200 Silver Lane, Eugene; and February 10, 2011, from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Roosevelt Middle School Cafeteria, 680 E. 24th Avenue, Eugene.

Participants can learn more about the draft proposal that will be available prior to the open house. The open house events are designed to explain the proposed draft strategies and solicit public feedback. The public can also offer feedback through the Envision Eugene website at www.EnvisionEugene.org. For more information, contact Terri Harding, Envision Eugene Public Involvement manager, at terri.l.harding@ci.eugene.or.us or 541-682-5635.

Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – February 10 Date: Time: Location: Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sloat Conference Room Atrium Building, 99 W. 10th Avenue Eugene

www.eugene-or.gov/bpac

AREA EVENTS City of Eugene Walking Groups Recreation Services offers two self-led groups that 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: 541682-5521. Free & drop-in. Bike Riding for Fun and Fitness - Wednesdays Senior bike riders depart from Campbell Community Center for in-town rides every Wednesday, through April 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Helmets required. Drop in. Free. Call 541-682-5318 for information. Rock Climbing: Community Climb Time - Wednesdays Come to Community Climb Time at the 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. $5 fee includes instruction, equipment and maintenance. Climbers must fit into a climbing harness. Every Wednesday, through May 11 (Feb. 16 is Verical Circus: dress in red!), 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 541-682-5329 for information. University of Oregon City Design Lecture – February 3 What: Lecture by Ellen Dunham-Jones titled "Retrofitting Suburbia": Urban Design solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. When: February 3, 2011 at 7:30pm Where: UO Baker Center Downtown Eugene, 975 High Street Why: Learn strategies for converting suburbs into more sustainable patterns of development Cost: The lecture is free and open to the public Interpreted Park Walks – February 5 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 Feb. 5, walk in Owen Rose Garden in Maurie Jacobs Park. Meet under the gazebo at the rose garden, located at the north end of Madison St. Call 541-682-6358 for more information. Mountain Bike Movie Night- Saturday February 5 "KLUNKERZ: A film about mountain bikes" This movie night event is benefit for the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS) and the Disciples of Dirt (DOD) trail maintenance funds. Both nonprofit organizations work cooperatively

to coordinate and perform 1,000's of hours of volunteer time in trail maintenance and construction on public trails throughout Lane County and beyond Come out and support the people who maintain our local trails, and have a fun evening meeting other trail enthusiasts. “Klunkerz” is a documentary that tells the tale of the pioneers of the sport of Mountain Biking in Marin County California including Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Mike Sinyard, Charlie Kelly and Tom Ritchey. Special thanks to Ninkasi Brewing and the Northwest Youth Corps! (Yes, there will be beer, but sorry it will not be free) The details are: What: Mountain Bike Movie Night- “Klunkerz” When: Saturday, February 5, Doors open at 7PM Why: Benefit for trail maintenance Cost: $10 at the door (bring cash for Ninkasi beer also) Where: Northwest Youth Corps Auditorium @ 2621 Augusta Street Eugene, OR 97403 Google it, or download a map at: http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/pdf/map_nyc_2008.pdf      Trail-work at North Shore Trail in Lowell - Sunday Feb 6 The Disciples of Dirt Mountain Bike Club are hosting a trail-work day at the North Shore trail on Sunday Feb 6 at 9:30am. The North Shore trail is located along the north shore of Lookout Point Reservoir, just east of Lowell. It's one of the closest trails to Eugene and Springfield, and is quite fun. The trail handles winter weather really well in a lot of sections, but others are notorious for their poor drainage or mud holes. We will be working on fixing these problem areas and trying to improve this trail so it can better handle winter use. The trail is really nice and scenic, with a lot of great views of the lake. It's also a great place to find some sun on a cold day. It is a great trail for hiking and mountain biking. There is not much climbing on this trail, but it has a lot of rougher, technical spots and a lot of short ups and downs. If you haven't been to North Shore trail, come join us and see what you've been missing. We'll meet at the Lookout Point Dam at 9:30am and head out in work groups from there. The US Army Corps is providing us with base rock and gravel, and a USACE Ranger will be joining us to work on the trail. Michelle, the USACE Ranger, is really excite that we are working on this trail, and hopes to be able to support our efforts to improve the trail and possibly expand it. Some tools will be available, but please bring a shovel, wheelbarrow, and 5 gallon buckets if you have any to spare. If you have questions, feel free to email sasquatchmtb@yahoo.com, or check the Disciples of Dirt’s website at www.disciplesofdirt.org  
GEARs Announces 2011 Confident Cycling Class Schedule – Starting February 11 Are you thinking of doing more bicycling this year?Do you want to become a better rider, a more confident and safer commuter, or learn more about traffic laws or bicycle maintenance? Or do you know someone that wants to learn more about bike riding in Eugene? GEARs is announcing our 2011 Confident Cycling class schedule. http://edu.eugenegears.org/classes Our classes teach people the laws, skills and technique, giving riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The courses cover state laws as they pertain to bike riders, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and include a student manual.

Our Adult Traffic Skills class is recommended for adults and children above age fourteen. This fastpaced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginners to experienced. This 9 hr. class, endorsed by the League of American Bicyclists and sponsored by GEARs, is offered in 2 sessions. Materials Fee $10. Our Family Traffic Skills class is shorter 3-hour - designed for parents and children - course that includes traffic laws, confidence building techniques and on-bike skills as well as bike maintenance. Parents that would like to ride bikes as a family are strongly encouraged to attend this class. Materials fee per family is just $5. This years we've also introduced a class called: Riding with Leaves - where we will spend 3 hours learning the laws which affect bikers, safety measures and on-bike skills and techniques to get you safely through leaf pick-up season in Eugene. All GEARs classes are led by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors with many years experience. GEARs wants to see more people riding bikes and doing it safely. We encourage you to please pass this on to anyone that you think would be interested. Learn more and Register online at: http://edu.eugenegears.org/classes

The Truffle Shuffle Run & Walk – February 13 February 13th, 2011 Events Start at 12:45 The 30th AnniversaryTuffle Shuffle or Trot (It's original name) has been the largest and longest running charity race in Eugene for the past 30 years. Come out and celebrate with us while knowing you are supporting youth and families in need in Lane County. Just say "YES!" to running, walking and eating yummy Euphoria Chocolate truffles!!! Held every Sunday before Valentine's Day in February at Alton Baker Park and benefits Committed Partners for Youth-Big Brothers/Big Sister’s Bolder Options Running Program. Run 4 miles, walk/run 2 miles, or enjoy the Kids Fun Run. REGISTER HERE: www.eclecticedgeracing.com Race times: Kids Fun Run -12:45pm, 2 mile run/walk - 1:00pm, 4 mile run - 2:00pm Please call 344-0833 x107 for more information.

Family Winter Hikes – February 20 or 27 Explore natural areas in the winter season. Join the Coast Trip on Feb. 20 as it heads to Florence or visit Silver Falls State Park on Feb. 27. Cost of either trip is $15 and includes transportation. For info or to register: www.eugene-or.gov/recenroll or 541-682-5329. All-Inclusive Snowboarding Lessons offered for Teens The City of Eugene River House Outdoor program invites teens age 13-18 to learn how to snowboard or improve their snowboarding skills at an all-inclusive, three day workshop. These classes are offered in partnership with SOS, a values-based snowboard program (www.sosoutreach.org).

Participants will receive three days of professional instruction, equipment rental, lift tickets, transportation and clothing. In the level I class, students are able to overcome fears and discover new possibilities. In the Level II class, students will take their riding to the next level by experiencing achievable challenges in a supportive environment. The Level I workshop is offered March 13, 20 and 27, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; a required pre-trip meeting is March 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the River House Community Center, 301 N. Adams. The level II workshop is offered Feb. 13, 27, & March 6, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; a required pre-trip meeting is Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the River House Community Center, 301 N. Adams. The cost of either three-day workshop is $150. For more information or to register, call 541-6825329 or go to www.eugene-or.gov/recenroll.  
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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 pwmaintenance@ci.eugene.or.us 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.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/vehicle/platenonprof.shtml#share

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 mossbacksclub@comcast.net . 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 rhodes_sh@4j.lane.edu 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 nordicwalkerbg@comcast.net COMMUNITY BIKE BLOGS www.eugenecycles.com www.webikeeugene.org www.eugenebicyclist.com

(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, walkasmilein@gmail.com.

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 kayporter1@comcast.net , 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

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