News links: Commuting class, Blair Boulevard
I’m still trying to figure out how much I should get into actual news of Eugene bicycle happenings. There’s always a lot of it going on — some of it pretty wonky — and I can’t always keep up. But I will try to pass on links and short items if they seem of interest. If these are not of interest, I’ll get back to the usual nonsense later this week.
- Sorry for the late notice, but there is an REI winter bike commuting class tonight, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s free (although, you can’t blame them if they suggest some cool products that they also might happen to sell). The last class like this filled up. This one had nine spots open as of this morning.
- In the bloody competition for the federal transportation money known as “flexible funds,” an interesting proposed project in Eugene has made it past the first cut as ODOT whittled 105 Oregon grant applications to 35. The so-called Blair-Van Buren Active Transportation Corridor doesn’t actually get the money yet — but it is “forwarded to the next stage of the scoring process.” (They don’t give away federal money willy-nilly, you know.) If you are not familiar with this project, here’s some boilerplate from the application:
The … project will transform Blair Boulevard, a busy emerging neighborhood “main street” that is currently unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists, into a complete street that is safe, efficient, functional, and enjoyable by all users of the roadway. … This transformation will include improved street crossings, curb extensions, ADA ramps, narrowing of driveways to reduce pedestrian exposure, improved and wider sidewalks, wayfinding signs, visual and audible countdown signals, bike parking corrals, shared lane markings (sharrows), improved alleys near the roadway to reduce debris on the sidewalk, and landscaping to enhance the safety and comfort of pedestrians and bicyclists. …
It doesn’t say they are going to take out the potholes, which I think is good, because they do seem to slow down the cars. Anyway, ODOT is supposed to decide by March which of the remaining 35 projects will be funded.
Alan Pittman wrote about the Blair project in the Eugene Weekly a couple of weeks ago, complaining about the choice of sharrows over bike lanes. Thoughts?