The Future of Bicycling in Eugene: An Uphill Battle?

For this week in everything bicycling-related, we have an article in MyEugene on some of the recent roadwork that is being done over the course of the summer. The newly paved roads will be sporting bike lanes from 29th to 32nd Avenue as you head south and from Donald Street to 29th heading north.

While this good news is uplifting for those who want easier bike accessibility throughout the streets of Eugene, there is also some bad news this week. By way of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) partnership, an alert has been released that congressional leaders are attempting to cut federal funding for SRTS, Transportation Enhancements and the Recreational Trails Program.

Apparently, there are congress representatives that call this dedicated spending “frivolous” and “not in the federal interest”. What almost certainly could result from this halt in funding is the discontinuation of these programs. What concerned citizens who don’t want this to happen can do to possibly curb these opinions from making headway is Contact their Members of Congress. The article goes on to describe just how important these programs are to Eugene cyclists and pedestrians.

On a lighter note, this week in the Daily Emerald is an article on “bike polo” which has started showing up in local tennis courts. Two teams of cyclists compete using long handled mallets to direct a ball into lacrosse goal. “It’s so underground still,” says Eugene youth Lucas Strain, when asked what the bike polo players call themselves. Watch the video to get an idea of how it works!

Finally, the humorous blogger EugeneBicyclist documents the 2011 Tour de Crate, which just happens to occur concurrently with the Tour de France. The Tour de Crate is a ‘race’ in Eugene between all the “craties”, or cyclists sporting a plastic milk crate on their rear wheel rack. So each day is an update on one or two of each day’s most notable events along with. Be sure to also check out last year’s race!


About Stacey M. Hollis

Living at the edge of southern Costa Rica's rich Golfo Dulce working with non-profit Osa Birds: Research and Conservation. With a background in environmental journalism, avian field biology, bird guiding and ecotourism, my aim is to share my passion for birds and spread the word about the importance of wildlife conservation.
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