This project, identified in the City of Eugene Transportation System Plan 2035 (TSP), would result in the development of a bikeway to connect south Eugene through downtown to the Willamette River. The purpose would be to provide an all-ages-and-abilities bikeway to encourage greater utilization of active transportation modes. Typically, a bicycling facility that works for all user types on a street includes physical separation between people driving cars and bike riders. A protected bike lane tends to increase the level of comfort for all street users because user groups are separated by transportation mode (car, bike, walk, etc.) by physical barriers, generally curbs or other vertical delineators. Because comfort and safety are key benefits of protected bike lanes, they are likely to attract new riders and families which may help achieve the TSP’s goal of tripling bike ridership over the next 20 years. The TSP identifies a protected bike lane on High Street from 19th Avenue to 6th Avenue. However, this project will explore alternative facility types, and different transportation corridors (High Street, Pearl Street, etc.) to inform project development.
Some 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.
As of January 2019, the city has decided to restart the conversation about providing a safe and connected network of bicycle facilities from the Amazon Path to Downtown and the Riverfront shared-use path system. This may include a facilities analysis and a study of alternative transportation corridors. Public process design is currently underway. Updates on process and opportunities to participate in conversations will be posted to this website.
Completion of the public outreach process and selection of facility types and routes will occur in 2019. Ideally, construction of facilities would occur prior to fall 2021.
For more information please contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, 541-682-5727.