A University of Oregon group has put together a proposal for changing the bike lane on Eugene’s East 13th Avenue from one way to two ways.
Called LiveMove, the group consists of students who focus on how transportation systems relate to community quality of life. Their newest idea relates directly with the new Capstone building downtown. The current bike lane only leads to campus, not back. Faculty Advisor Marc Schlossberg says the proposal wouldn’t lead to any construction.
Schlossberg: “Their design idea actually it doesn’t move any curbs so it’s just re-allocating and re-purposing really the way we allocate the public right of way of the street to a different set of uses. In that way I think they’ve done a really efficient job of cost containment while also providing a great amenity for the community.”
The proposed re-purposing of 13th will look similar to the bike lanes on Alder between Franklin and 18th. John and Susan Minor, whose son David died in a bicycle accident on 13th and Willamette, have pledged $150,000 to the project. Other community members have shown interest.
The City of Eugene will be holding an open house in the Eugene Public Library Wednesday night to discuss other routes to and from campus.