Eugene announces cyclist-friendly designs for Willamette and 8th

The city presented plans for two out of the three street corridors as part of the Central Eugene in Motion initiative.

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 11:32 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2020 10:10 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The city of Eugene's Public Works department announced Wednesday their plans to make Willamette Street and 8th Avenue more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians.

The city presented plans for two out of three street corridors as part of the Central Eugene in Motion initiative.

The Public Works Department said after months of receiving community feedback, they have chosen the "two-way Willamette with bike lanes" plan, creating designated bike lanes between 18th and 20th avenues.

They also said one-way 8th Avenue will become a two-way between Lincoln and Mill streets with protected bike lanes.

However, the Amazon-Riverfront corridor is still being analyzed. This corridor will redesign High and Pearl streets to connect Amazon Park and the riverfront with bike lanes. The city said they are still collecting data and they will introduce a pilot program.

Avid cyclist and Eugene resident, Sue Wolling, said she wishes the city could act faster on the Amazon-Riverfront corridor but she understands the need for all the data collection.

"I think its really important to get these bikeways that feel comfortable to people that are not currently riding bikes that will start riding bikes," Wolling said.

The Public Works Department said all of these projects are expected to be completed before summer 2021. 

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