Campus to Downtown Bike Connections

Introduction
The construction of a new multifamily housing development in downtown Eugene prompted discussions about mobility options for people traveling between the University of Oregon campus and downtown.  Subsequently, city staff committed to conducting a study of biking connections between downtown and campus.  The University of Oregon  student group "LiveMove" studied what they determined to be the most direct connection between campus and downtown - 13th Avenue.  The results of their analysis were compiled into the 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor Concept Plan which recommends a two-way protected bike lane on 13th Avenue.  The LiveMove report has gained community attention including a generous financial offer from private citizens to help fund construction of the facility.  The official City of Eugene process to study biking connections between downtown and campus started in mid-2013.

Final Recommendation
City staff recommends making walking and biking improvements along 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue between the University of Oregon Campus and downtown Eugene

12th Avenue
  • Enhanced crossings
  • Bicycle boulevard treatment
  • Reconstruct and enhance accessway between Willamette Street and Oak Street

13th Avenue
  • Two-way protected bikeway between Olive Street and Alder Street including the following elements:
  • 12-foot wide two-way bikeway on the north side of 13th Avenue
  • Bike signals at all signalized intersections
  • Improved traffic signals including audible pedestrian devices and countdown timers
  • Reductions in parking and travel lanes
  • Shift automobile parking to south side between High Street and Patterson Street
  • Construct parking bays to mitigate parking removal
  • Green colorant at intersections and other conflict zones
  • Barrier between cycle track and travel lanes
  • Replace trees removed during construction

Final Project Report

Project Concept Maps
Olive to Willamette
Willamette to Oak
Oak to Pearl
Pearl to High
High to Mill
Mill to Ferry
Ferry to Patterson
Patterson to Hilyard
Hilyard to Alder
Alder and 13th

Next Steps
The 13th Avenue protected bikeway is estimated to cost between $1.5 and $2 million.  City staff will seek grant funds to construct the recommended improvements.

Public Process
On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 the first community meeting to discuss transportation options between campus and downtown for people who ride bikes was held at the Eugene Public Library.  Participants were presented existing conditions information for three transportation corridors: 11th, 12th, and 13th Avenues.  After each corridor was introduced respondents were asked to describe personal experiences and opinions related to traveling through each corridor.  The meeting presentation and summary notes are linked below.

Meeting #1 Presentation
Meeting #1 Summary Notes
Meeting #1 Comments from the Feedback Forms Received to Date

A second community meeting was held on April 17, 2014 to discuss improvement options for traveling by bike from campus to downtown.  City staff are still evaluating 11th, 12th, and 13th Avenues to identify improvements that would make travel for people who ride bikes a more comfortable and intuitive experience. Announcement of the next meeting will appear on this page when scheduled.

Meeting #2 Presentation
Meeting #2 Summary Notes
Meeting #2 Survey Results

The final community meeting was help on June 12, 2014 to present draft staff recommendations.  Staff took public comments at the meeting and help the public comment period open until July 15, 2014.

Meeting Presentation and staff recommendations
  • Meeting #3 Summary Notes
  • Contact
    Lee Shoemaker, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, 541-682-5471
    Rob Inerfeld, Transportation Planning Manager, 541-682-5343

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