The city held an open house Monday night where it outlined three proposals. One would allow certain bikes that have motors on off street paths.
Another proposal could expand the no sidewalk riding zone for bicycles and skateboards.
“I’m here because I want them to enforce the law they have,” said Eugene resident Susan Connolly. “It would be nice if the boundry would were larger. If they would just enforce the one they have.”
The third idea would give skateboarders the same rights bicyclists have, allowing people to ride them on city streets. Currently they’re only allowed on the street when crossing.
“Many times I’ve passed up bicycles on my longboard and I feel like we should have the same rights as bicyclists,” said Eugene resident Thomas Newman.
“We’re traveling speeds comparable to bicyclists, we should be in the same locations at bicyclists which is usually in the street or in a bike lane,” said Cory Poole, with the NW Skate Coalition.
This type of reaction was exactly what the city of Eugene was hoping to hear.
“In a couple of months I think we’ll know how we want to move forward,” said Lee Shoemaker, Eugene Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator. “If we want to move forward with them, we’ll have to take them to the city council to have the laws changed.”
If you’d like to weigh in, email Shoemaker at firstname.lastname@example.org