Advocacy

Below are various proposals to improve cycling infrastructure in Lane County. These proposals are offered so that cycling receives the level of support commensurate with its personal and planetary benefits.

Arguing for the multiple benefits cycling provides moves the debate from just advocating for cyclists to advocating for the improved national health, clean air, and economic advantages of short distance inner city travel by bike. It is these advantage that are mutual, unquestionable and secure from personal attacks.

Funding is always a challenge. Identification of these problems and possible projects in no way implies the lack of response is due to negligence.

Only projects/ideas with three to five stars are listed. Click on each topic to see details. *Means issue addressed.

  • Signage for New I-5 Bridge
  • PeaceHealth Proposal
  • *Parking at County Bldg.*
  • *Keep Bike Lanes Free of Leaves*
  • *Hilyard Danger*
  • Right Hook Warning Signs
  • Lighting at 13th & Hilyard
  • *Safe Access to Jerry's*
  • *Signs on Hwy. 36*
  • Quick Response Traffic Lights
  • Secure Bike Parking
  • Proposal for Mayor Piercy

    This letter from the Mayor of Eugene appeared in the February 25th 2009 Register Guard:

                                     Sorting Out Dollars for Streets

    When Eugene voters in November 2008 supported a $35.9 million bond measure to repair city streets, they took an important step toward resolving a big problem in how local street needs are funded. However, one step does not make a journey. This has become painfully clear as the City Council struggles to find ways to pay for the day-to-day street services residents desire. We’ve focused lots of discussion and resources on “fixing potholes” over the past several years, and I’m glad to say we are making progress.

    But Eugene’s ongoing street services include much more than pavement repairs. They also include paying the electric bills for the street lighting system and traffic signals, striping traffic and bike lanes, making sure traffic signs and signals are in good working order, and plowing and sanding streets when it snows. It’s these and dozens of other operational street services that we’re currently struggling to fund. The bond measure was intentionally limited to a list of 32 specific street repair projects to ensure that voters knew exactly what they were getting for their money. Of course, that means the bond money can’t and won’t be used for ongoing street-related needs, no matter how important they are.

    As a community, we are on a journey toward a safe, efficient and sustainable local transportation system. It likely will be a long and complex journey involving many steps and decisions. Please share your ideas. Ask questions. Together, we can find solutions that get us where we need to be.

    KITTY PIERCY, Mayor

    City of Eugene

    In collaboration with Eric Selker, U of O Professor; Joseph McKinney, President of Oregon Roads; Mark Frohnmayer Founder of Archimoto; and Paul Scott from Plug in American, we presented this response and supporting documents on 3/10: Mayor Letter, Housing-Transit Center and Bike Share Program.

Life is better with bikes TM

“...the politically correct class will tell you that bicycling is important, but they won't actually deliver on that statement.” Dave Snyder, Transportation Policy Director for the thinktank San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR)