Central Eugene in Motion
Downtown Eugene is the heart of our community. People need to access downtown for many different reasons and at different times of the day and week. As our greater downtown develops, it is important for Eugene’s transportation network to have safe and comfortable connections regardless if travel is by car, on foot, bike, bus, or personal mobility device.
Some of the current challenges of getting to and around downtown include one-way streets and a lack of comfortable biking facilities for people regardless of age or riding confidence. Through Central Eugene In Motion, the community has an opportunity to explore options for addressing these challenges in three key focus areas. Download a project information sheet here.
The geography for the Downtown Eugene Central Eugene In Motion study includes Lincoln Street on the west, 5th Avenue on the north, High Street on the east, and 20th Avenue on the south. Within this area there are two-way streets, one-way couplets, sidewalks, bikeways, and transit stops.
The Central Eugene In Motion study will explore planned and potential traffic changes with a focus on three key areas: Downtown on 8th Ave, Amazon to Riverfront, and Midtown Willamette Street.
To learn more about this process contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at 541-682-5727.
The Central Eugene In Motion process will provide community members with the chance to identify problem areas and opportunities to make the transportation system throughout central Eugene work better. Calendar year 2019 will be used to develop traffic models and design concepts for exploration and discussion with community members and other interested parties.
The Eugene Transportation System Plan 2035 (TSP) identifies projects and goals that help meet citywide objectives. These objectives include decreasing the burning of fossil fuels, increasing residential density and affordable housing opportunities, growing economic vitality, and decreasing traffic-related injuries and deaths. The TSP has identified the tripling of active transportation mode share (walking, biking, transit) as instrumental for achieving mobility and transportation equity over the next 20 years. Projects like protected bikeways, complete streets, and intelligent transportation systems will be priorities for transportation spending moving forward.
Based on projects and goals identified in the TSP, potential transportation changes that will be explored through the Central Eugene In Motion process include:
- changing select one-way streets to bi-directional streets to reduce out-of-direction travel
- improving bicycling infrastructure to encourage more people to ride bikes, potentially replacing automobile trips
- making changes to lower traffic speeds to reduce injury severity
- enhancing transportation corridors for improved safety and mobility (such as changes to traffic signal timing and installation of crosswalks)
- removal of on-street parking
- reducing the number of travel lanes
Planning Process & Public Involvement
The Central Eugene In Motion process was created to work directly with the community to identify existing transportation issues, explore ideas, and identify preferred design concepts for projects listed in the 2017 Eugene Transportation System Plan.
Public Involvement Opportunities
March 09 - March 23 2020
January 15 2020
November 19 2019
For more information about the Central Eugene In Motion process, and to give your input, visit the Engage Eugene project page. To stay up-to-date about the process, sign-up for the newsletter below.