ON BIKE CULTURE IN EUGENE | Fine blogging since 2010 (with periodic long breaks)
I’d been asking myself: What’s the worst stretch of road in Eugene to ride a bike on (especially one that doesn’t have a ready alternative)?
No contest for me: I nominate the mess that is Willamette Street between 18th and 29th avenues — one of the few places where it doesn’t annoy me to see a capable, full-grown person riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.
I avoid that stretch at all costs, even if it means a trip to Capella Market requires going way out of my way to the Amazon bike path by South Eugene High, or lugging the bike trailer, weighed down with a couple bags of groceries and a kid or two, up and over College Hill.
Given my last post, you may think I’m skeptical of plans, planners and planning. Well, I’m skeptical of fever-dream renderings that envision Springfield rebuilt as Copenhagen.
But at least Eugene seems to be asking people to note specific problems. That is, they’re asking people to complain. You can’t go wrong asking Americans to complain. We have a constitutional right to complain — or as the Founding Fathers tactfully put it, “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Which basically means we can complain our butts off and no one can ever stop us.
So I went to the city’s site to leave my comment about south Willamette Street on the Google map there, and I see that someone named “Jesse” beat me to it.
This is one of the most bike unfriendly corridors that I encounter. … My dream is to have bike lanes from 18th to 29th (perhaps beyond) …
That pretty much nails how I feel about it.
Do you have other nominees for worst stretch of road for bike travel (without a convenient alternative)? Leave it in a comment. (And go to the city website and exercise your right to complain there, too.)
Maybe I’ll go ride them all and report back, assuming I survive.