A strong cycling culture and history combined with an extensive network of bike paths and scenic bikeways has given Eugene, Oregon a very “bike friendly” reputation. In fact, Bicycling Magazine mentioned Eugene in their list of â€œThe Best Cycling Cities.â€ Bike Magazine listed Eugene as one of their â€œ5 Best Mountain Biking Towns.â€
With hundreds of miles of dedicated bicycle lanes and paths in our area, (including four bicycle bridges) residents are able to get around easily by bike any time of the year. Did you know that Eugene has more bridges for bicycles than for cars? And if you can’t ride the entire way to your destination, Eugene – Springfield’s public transit system is bike-friendly.
Eugene’s growing bicycle network includes:
- 42 miles of shared-use paths,
- 81 miles of on-street bicycle lanes,
- 35 miles of signed bikeways, and
- 5 bicycle/pedestrian bridges spanning the Willamette River
- 2 bicycle/pedestrian bridges spanning major roads or highways
The benefits of bicycling are endless, not only is it healthy exercise, it is an affordable and sustainable transportation option. Cycling can be a great way to unwind too, within a half hourâ€™s ride from Eugene, cyclistâ€™s encounter vineyard covered hills reminiscent of France and flat stretches of scenic byways resembling Holland.
In Oregon, bicycles are subject to laws just like motorized vehicles. Please ride with the direction of traffic, use appropriate signals and obey traffic lights. Remember that bicycle riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet. Â Here are some additional cycling resources for you to know about:
- Check road and weather advisories atÂ TripCheck.com
- For more rides, roads and mountain bike trails around the state, visitRideOregonRide.com.
- TheÂ Oregon Department of TransportationÂ (ODOT) providesÂ bicylist’s manuals, laws and regulations.
- TheÂ City of Eugene Cycling ProgramÂ offers additional resources and free maps.
- The Center for Appropriate Transport includes a “rideable museum.”
- Bike Friday, a Eugene manufacturer of travel bicycles offers a factory showroom.
- Go toÂ theÂ Greater Eugene Area RidersÂ (GEARs) website for cue sheets and regularly scheduled rides.
- For cycling and other updates, follow us onÂ Twitter.com/TravelLaneCo.