By Nha Nguyen
EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene is a city known for its bike-ability.
So it’s not much of a surprise to learn it’s one of the best biking cities in the country.
In 2010, Eugene spent one-fifth of its federal transportation dollars on bike-pedestrian projects, such as the Delta Ponds Bridge. And it’s projects like this that have helped the city to earn an environmental award as well as a place on a list of the nation’s top biking cities.
Eugene came in at number nine out of the 50 cities in Bicycling magazine’s biennial list.
Public Works managers said they’ve been building great bike facilities since the 1970s and think their continuing efforts to expand contributed to the ranking.
The city now has 42 miles of bike paths, 81 miles of bike lanes and 35 miles of bike routes, totaling more than 150 miles of bike-friendly areas.
“I think it’s really nice to get the recognition for all the hard work for not only the city staff, but our elected officials and the public that encourage us to do this,” said Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Lee Shoemaker.
Public Works crews and list generators also commend the public on its bike-commuter level of 10 percent.
The national average is less than one percent.
This is Eugene’s second year in a row in the top ten. And magazine editors say they’re continually impressed with the city’s growing biking infrastructure.