Willamette Street: Mobilizing
The news is out of a city planning project that imagines the commercial strip on south Willamette Street turned into a thriving but bucolic place filled with happy pedestrians, motorists and cyclists, all of them carrying shopping bags and smiling in the sunshine.
The initial plan, though, seems to forgo bike lanes on Willamette. And the good people at Arriving by Bike — the bike shop down at 2705 Willamette — want to make sure that is not what the future holds.
Shop owner Paul Moore was featured in a KVAL report on this yesterday.
Moore and his colleagues at Arriving by Bike are trying to organize “a campaign to ensure dedicated bicycle access along south Willamette.”
They plan an organizational meeting this Friday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be in the banquet room at the Agate Alley Laboratory Restaurant, 2645 Willamette St. You can order food and drink if you like.
Moore writes: “The purpose of this meeting will be to identify those who might play an active role and to begin to explore strategies and activities which will accomplish our goal.”
If you don’t ride on south Willamette, the blog BreadBike has posted a helmet-cam video that pretty well captures the experience. (Jump to about 1:40 and you won’t have to sit through the interminable red light at 28th. And the best moment comes at about 2:12 when he gets honked at just as he nears Arriving by Bike.)
In an earlier report in the Eugene Weekly about the city plan, Alan Pittman suggests that initial discussions were “dominated by business interests who opposed bike lanes.” He doesn’t give any examples, and we do think Alan Pittman sometimes exaggerates. However, if this is true, we certainly wonder which business interests these are and what they fear — except maybe change.