Bike sharing program launches in Eugene

Mayor Lucy Vinis said it's a key element in accomplishing important city goals.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 7:53 PM

EUGENE. Ore. -- There's a new way to get around Eugene that’s good for people's health and the environment.

The PeaceHealth Rides bike share program kicked off Thursday, with 300 blue bikes set up at stations in the Eugene area.

The stations can be found downtown, at the University of Oregon and in the Whiteaker area. There's also one in Springfield at Riverbend hospital.

All of the bikes are fit with a GPS to track the bike and offer assistance if needed.

One business owner said it makes for quick downtown transportation for distances that are too far to walk.

"As a guy who has a business downtown I love this whole idea," Rick Dancer said. "If I'm late for a business meeting and cant walk there, I know I can hop on a bike and just zip to my meeting."

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis said the bike share is a key element in accomplishing important city goals.

"We have set climate recovery goals for reducing our fossil fuel use, our greenhouse gas by 50 percent by 2030," Vinis said. "Helping people get out of thier cars is one way in which we as individuals and we as a community partners to help realize that goal."

A retired firefighter said he's looking forward to using the new bikes for excerise, after he found his health deteriorating.

"I was a fellow who worked too much, quit exercising, became ill and payed a price for it," Paul Esselstyn said.

However, he said riding bikes changed all of that. Now, he hopes other people will take advantage of the health benefits.

"The primary tool I used to get myself healthy again was a bicycle," Esselstyn said. "So, I'm pretty darn pleased that this program is happening."

For more information about prices and locations, click here.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 135973

Reported Deaths: 1843
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28796460
Washington18973176
Marion16475242
Clackamas11866139
Lane8564113
Jackson704390
Umatilla689071
Deschutes510339
Yamhill325447
Malheur318253
Linn317049
Polk251040
Klamath248844
Josephine180535
Benton176914
Douglas173143
Jefferson171825
Union113116
Wasco110223
Columbia105518
Lincoln101517
Hood River96921
Coos96215
Morrow95510
Clatsop6995
Crook63111
Baker5805
Tillamook3682
Curry3235
Lake2375
Grant2131
Harney1794
Wallowa983
Gilliam521
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00
Eugene
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Corvallis
Partly Cloudy
36° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 36°
Roseburg
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 40°
North Bend
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 44°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events