The High Street Bikeway will include a two-way protected bike lane from 19th Avenue to 5th Avenue. Signalized intersections will include bike-only signals to prevent conflicts between street users, including bike riders and people driving cars. This bikeway completes Phase 3 of the “River to Ridges” active transportation corridor which connects the Ridgeline Trail in south Eugene to the Riverbank Path along the Willamette River.
Funding for this project has been secured through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. CMAQ is a federally funded program for surface transportation projects designed to improve air quality and mitigate congestion.
This project would result in the development of a protected bikeway to connect south Eugene through downtown to the Willamette River. It is hoped that provision of an all-ages-and-abilities bikeway will provide the infrastructure necessary for greater utilization of active transportation modes. The project includes installation of protected bike lanes because they provide a physical separation between people driving cars and bike riders, which creates a higher level of comfort for people riding bikes. Because comfort and safety are key benefits of protected bike lanes, they are likely to attract new riders and families which will help achieve the city’s Transportation System Plan’s goal of tripling bike ridership over the next 20 years.
The public process includes a variety of outreach activities. Below is a list of planned activities:
Public open house: Thursday, June 28th from 5:30pm to 7pm (stop in any time!) at the Eugene Garden Club (1645 High Street).
The two-way protected bike lane construction may start as early as next year (2019), pending project approval. Depending on the timeline of other projects, the High Street Bikeway and the 13th Avenue Bikeway projects may overlap.
For more information please contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, 541-682-5727.