ON BIKE CULTURE IN EUGENE | Fine blogging since 2010 (with periodic long breaks)
FYI, the Eugene Weekly’s Alan Pittman has written an article in the current issue that offers another take on the case of Mingo Pelkey, who was hit by a car and killed on River Road this month.
Pittman writes about the delayed extension of the Riverbank Trail bike path under the Beltline and how that would have made it possible for Pelkey to avoid riding on River Road at all. The path extension is now under construction and is supposed to open later this fall. He also writes that the installation of bike lanes on Hunsaker has long been delayed.
Someone who knew Pelkey has told me she used the Riverbank Trail for most of her 10-mile commute from her home near River and Irving roads to her job in Springfield. That person said she typically took River Road and River Avenue to access the bike path near the Eugene waste water treatment plant.
That route is shown by the blue dashed line below. When the path extension (green dotted line) is finished, a cyclist could get from the intersection of River and Irving to the bike path by using Hunsaker Lane and Beaver Street.
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For a list of all posts about the Mingo Pelkey case, go here.