Eugene Public Works is seeking input as it nears the launch of the Bike Share system. A map of the 35 final proposed bike share stations is available at eugenebikeshare.com for public comment. The input will be used to make adjustments before station locations are permitted and installed. The public comment period will close on August 15.
The bike share system will consist of 35 stations and 300 bikes. Best practices for bike share siting includes keeping stations within walking distance. Review of station locations is currently underway to ensure stations integrate into the public right-of-way without conflict. Stations were selected based on the following factors:
- Dense, convenient, and contiguous
- 24-hour public access
- Sunshine for solar power
- Connection to employers, destinations and active community assets
- Near many residents
- Bike Share Feasibility Study recommendations
- Avoid high traffic/high speed stress
- Connection to existing bike infrastructure and transit stops
As recommended by the Bike Share Feasibility Study, geography for the initial launch corresponds to places where people are likely to use bikes most frequently including downtown Eugene, the University of Oregon campus, and portions of the Whiteaker neighborhood. If the program is successful, it may expand into additional neighborhoods in the future. Over the past few months, public engagement occurred to crowd source station locations through online content, events, and community meetings.
Bike share is an innovative transportation solution that allows people to check out a bicycle for short urban trips that might otherwise be made by bus or by car. The City is interested in transportation solutions like bike share because it provides a transportation option that utilizes existing infrastructure, reduces the burning of fossil fuels for urban trips, and implements city plans and policies including the Climate Recovery Ordinance and the Transportation Systems Plan.
The City of Eugene, University of Oregon, and Lane Transit District are partnering with Social Bicycles. Social Bicycles is currently operating in 18 locations in North America including the recently launched BIKETOWN system in Portland, Oregon. For more information about the bike share, go to eugene-or.gov/bikeshare.