Monday, February 8, 2010


OK I quit. Sort of.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bike Day photos!

A flickr set and Youtube videos from Katura Reynolds tells the story of Saturday's festivities. She's in Eugene's own co-ed bicycle-dancing troupe, The Bottom Brackettes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bike Day Details

The schedule has been updated, with numerous all-day activities and over a dozen special events for folks of all ages and aspirations. New to the program are a cyclocross race and a trackstand competition.

This is an all-inclusive, FREE event! Saturday, June 13, 10a.m.—4p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bicycle Master Plan

Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Austin, Columbus, Baltimore, Denver, Boulder, and many more cities have BMPs. Why doesn't Eugene?

Visit the fourth floor of the downtown Wells Fargo Building from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 for a webinar on developing a Bicycle Master Plan for Eugene.

From a GEARS email on the event:
Bicycle Master Plans will be the topic of a one-hour webinar scheduled for June 17th, noon to 1 p.m. A growing number of cities across the U.S. are creating Bicycle Master Plans, or BMPs. These are plans for developing bicycle infrastructure in a city, with emphasis on promoting bicycling as a viable transportation option and fostering a safe environment for bicycling.
Join presenter Peter Lagerwey, who will lead webinar participants step-by-step through the process of creating a successful bicycle master plan. Peter has served for 25 years in the City of Seattle's bicycle and pedestrian program. He managed the development of Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan, oversaw construction of more than 150 miles of bikeways throughout the City, and published numerous reports, studies, design manuals, and professional articles. In September, Lagerwey will open a Seattle office for the Toole Design Group. Webinar participants will be given a copy of a guide, "Creating a Road Map for Producing and Implementing A Bicycle Master Plan," authored by Lagerwey and being published by the NCBW's Active Living Resource Center.
The Bicycle Master Plans webinar is part of the Professional Development webinar series , co-hosted by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), and Cullbridge Communications.
Once upon a time, the Emerald City was more "bikey" than Portland—some say it still is. A BMP would bolster that argument, and possibly help the city acquire government funding for active transportation.

Thanks for the forward, Hans.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bike Day 2009

Don't forget, Bike Day is Saturday, June 13 at the Science Factory. This looks to be a special year for the event, with a special focus on inclusion of all sects of bicycle culture. Check out the tentative schedule on the Gears blog for an idea of what's in store. There's also a flickr set up from last year's event.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spring Roll 2009

The Second Annual Spring Roll, a bike scavenger hunt to benefit Food For Lane County, is just a few days away! Participants will meet at Red Barn Natural Grocery Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m. to register their teams and receive a shopping list. After all teams are registered, the start will be called and teams will go shopping by bicycle! There will be 10 items on the list, and each team must purchase each at a different store.

Teams finish by depositing their groceries in collection bins at Sam Bond's Garage, where there will be live music and an awards ceremony! The whole family can come, as the venue is all-ages until 8:30 p.m., but adult beverages will be served to those of age.

Remember, this event promotes active transport and shopping locally, it supports hungry families in our area, and it should be a bunch of fun! Last year's scavenger hunt saw over 70 cyclists, took about an hour of shopping time, and filled three large FFLC collection barrels of food.

You can visit for more info and a list of sponsors and prizes. Facebook users can pre-register on an event page.

UPDATE from the event coordinators:

As the date of the event draws near, we want to inform y'all of a few specifics.

1.) As is standard for bike scavenger hunts, all teams *will* have fun. This is a non-competitive event, with over 100 prizes just for participating. This is *not* a race.

2.) Teaming up is strongly encouraged, but teams will be no larger than six people. If you don't have a team, come early and we'll help you make new friends.

3.) Each team will purchase 10 different food items from 10 different stores. This is the only cost to participate. No item will cost more than $5.

4.) All items will come from a shopping list we provide. For your convenience, we will also provide a list of grocery stores and their addresses. Bike maps will also be available.

5.) Each item will come with a receipt printed no earlier than 3:30 p.m.

6.) All participants will *really* try to return to Sam Bond's by 5 p.m. to be eligible for the raffling of big-ticket prizes. Every person gets one raffle ticket.

7.) Awards ceremony starts at 5:15 p.m. Live music will follow. The venue will be all-ages until 8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email us:

Monday, May 18, 2009

UO Bike Faire

The UO Outdoor Program's Bicycle Faire will feature tables from local bikey businesses and organizations, free tune-ups, screen printing stations, bike-blended smoothies, and the Ginger Ninjas, a pedal-powered band. It's this Thursday, May 21 at the EMU Amphitheater, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and it's free.

The Ginger Ninjas aren't the first band to tour by bicycle, but they also power their amplifiers with human energy.

This video comes from their blog.

For more on the UO Bicycle Faire, visit the facebook page or read this article in the Emerald.