Transportation options. Safe streets.
Walkable neighborhoods. For everyone.
BEST stands for Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation. We’re a nonprofit that advocates for better public transit and other transportation options, safe streets, walkable neighborhoods, accessible bicycle infrastructure, and more.
We believe everyone in our community has a right to get where they need to go safely and efficiently. We also believe it is important to speak and act together. We partner with private, nonprofit and governmental organizations to work toward a Triple Bottom Line of prosperity, people and planet.
How you can get involved
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Consultant Jarrett Walker talks about transit that is “useful” and “abundant” — service that maximizes access for the greatest number and diversity of people. We are working towards this ideal with our own Lane Transit District.
Safe Routes for All
Building on Oregon’s landmark “Bike Bill,” we are working with partners statewide to pass Senate Bill 395 to invest more state funding in safety for people walking or bicycling.
In Oregon, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. BEST is working for federal and state policies and funding to support local efforts to slow climate change linked to recent tragic wildfires.
Future of Transportation with Peter DeFazio, Lynn Peterson, and Jameson Auten
Getting from place to place is essential to daily life. How we do so impacts health and safety, equity, the vitality of our economy, community livability, and the environment. Our panel of thought leaders will share perspectives on transportation challenges and opportunities—and what planners, engineers, elected officials, and other community members should be doing to respond.
2023 Legislative Agenda
Because state transportation policies and funding have a significant effect on what can or can’t be accomplished locally, BEST is supporting, opposing, or watching a few dozen bills during the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session.
BEST supports e-bikes rebates, add your name!
BEST supports e-bikes as a practical form of transportation. Earlier today, BEST Executive Director Rob Zako testified in support of House Bill 2571 to establish a statewide e-bike rebate program. Add your name in support!
BEST questions ODOT’s plans to widen Highway 126 West to make it safer
BEST supports efforts to protect all lives on roadways across Lane County. Although BEST supports some elements, we find that ODOT’s preferred design will encourage more and faster driving and have other negative impacts. Regardless, at an estimated cost of $250–350 million with no identified source of funding, the project is “too big to build.” BEST recommends making less costly targeted improvements before too many more tragedies occur.