Eugene Ranked for Bike Infrastructure

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s bike infrastructure is among the most innovative in the country, according to the U.S. State Department.

Cyclists in Eugene are encouraged that more people are choosing to be behind a set of handle bars rather than the wheel of a car, but they think the city can do better.

The state department chose Eugene for its numerous transportation options for thinking beyond the car, for its active living environment where residents can move about by bike in safety.

The key is that Eugene allows cars, bikes, pedestrians and the physically impaired to get around easily and share the space.

Cyclists told KEZI 9 News that Eugene has come a long way for accommodating every mode of transportation, but they still have some work to do.

“We fall short on really taking the whole area of bicycling serious. The politicians in this town are giving lip-service to what’s going on, but they’re really not out there in front. They’re not out there riding a bike,” said Richard Hughes, GEARs Advocate.

He says the areas that need improving are parts of downtown, including Willamette Street, and that it’s not just about making the city more accessible for cyclists, but it’s about getting everyone on a bike to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you’d like to watch the video the state department produced on Eugene’s bike infrastructure, click here.

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