Get readyÂ to hit the pavement! Eugene’s Sunday Streets are back for another day of fitness classes, biking, live music, vendors, food, yoga, dancing, and much more! The event will be taking place onÂ September 25th in the South University neighborhood from Noon to 4PM.Â Best of all, these community driven events are allÂ free!
Eugene’s Sunday Streets was launched back in 2011 as an initiative to promoteÂ healthy active living and car-less transportation. Through the years, it’s grown in popularity and is now expected to attract 4,000+ attendees this year!
Be mindfulÂ that Eugene’s Sunday Streets will be closing miles of traffic to accommodate the festivities, so be sure to plan accordingly when you’re getting around!
Have that route down? Great! Here are some pictures from previous years’ Sunday Streets to get you ready for the festivities.
Of course, it can’t be stressed enough that Sunday Streets would not be possible without help of its talented volunteers. Interested in helping out?Â Register hereÂ to joinÂ the team!
Sunday Streets is a terrific opportunity to intermingle with your neighbors and the greater community while adopting a couple ofÂ healthy lifestyle choices.Â Let’s make this year’s Sunday Streets its biggest yet!Â SeeÂ you on September 25th!
If you’re a U of O student, which many of our tenants are, chances are you will rely on bicycling for some (if not all) of your transportation needs. Â The good news is you’re in the right town. Eugene, Oregon is one of the most bike friendly cities in the country!
Did you know weÂ rank 7th on the list of Top 20 Cities with the Highest Share of Bicyclists in the country? It’s safe to say that if you’re reading this then you’re probably a proud cyclist yourself. But whether you’re a long-time cyclist or new to the scene there are several things you should keep in mind to ensure a long, positive bike ownership.
In case of theft, registration of your bike can be the difference between recovering your bike or not. Â If you’re a student of the University of Oregon, bike registration is required by the Department of Parking and Transportation for all bikes on campus. But the best part? It’s free!
If you apply through Eugene-or.gov’s page, a registration decal will be sent to you once your application is processed. If you’re registering through the University of Oregon then you can pick your decal through the Department of Parking and Transportation.
BIKE SAFETY AND LAWS
Always Wear a Helmet – Protect your head!
Wear Reflective Clothing – Bright colors will keep you visible during the day, and reflective colors will increase your visibility at night.
Obey The Laws of The Road – As a biker you follow the same rules of the road that cars do. Always obey traffic signs and signals.
Ride On The Right – Ride on the right side of the road and follow the flow of traffic.
Keep The Lights On – Bikes are required by Oregon law to have lights and reflectors both on the front and back.
Take Those Buds Out – Avoid wearing ear buds or headphones to keep your hearing free for traffic.
LOCK YOUR BIKE
We advise investing in a reliable U-Lock of at least $50, as cheaper locks are easier to bypass.
Always lock your bike when you’re not using it, even if you are only away from it briefly.
Be aware that no lock is foolproof. A determined thief will be able to break one given enough time. Avoid leaving your bike locked outdoors overnight and keep it indoors or in your garage whenever possible.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A THEFT
File a police report. Fill out a police report via their online form.
Register your bike as stolen at webikeeugene.com. By providing this information bike shops, pawns shops, and others, We Bike Eugene increases the possibilities of your bike being recognized and reported. It’s a free community driven service that anyone can use.
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 Magazinementioned 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: