Improving Safety of 13th Avenue

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EUGENE, Ore. — The parents of David Minor, a University of Oregon graduate killed in a biking accident in 2008, are offering a generous donation to help improve the safety of 13th Avenue.

John and Susan Minor want to donate $150,000 to a plan designed by UO students.

After a year of research, a student group called LiveMove has come up with a potential design for 13th Avenue, which proposes a two-way cycle track on the north side of the 13th Avenue Downtown-Campus corridor. This would change the street’s one-way bike lane that currently exists.

LiveMove analyzed a number of factors, including bike and pedestrian facilities, accident and population trends as well as parking.

John Minor, David’s dad, says this will help honor David and prevent more accidents from happening.

“We thought, boy if we gave them $150,000 and they named it the David Minor Bikeway, or something, that’s fine with us. We could get him memorialized and maybe save a student,” John Minor said.

The city anticipates LiveMove’s design as one of a number of ideas the community will discuss Wednesday at its open house. That open house is Wednesday night from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bascom-Tykeson room of the Eugene Public Library downtown. The city will gather ideas from the community and come up with proposals to take back to the public in February 2014.

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