Central Lane Regional Transportation Plan: Participate in online open house by February 28

Map of Central Lane Area
  • The Eugene-Springfield-Coburg area is expected to grow by over 50,000 people in the next 25 years.
  • Updated every four years, the Central Lane Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) serves as a blueprint for the area’s long-term transportation projects.
  • Share your thoughts through an online open house by February 28th. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of four $25 Fred Meyer gift cards:
  • Comparta sus pensamientos sobre el transporte antes del 28 de febrero. Los participantes participarán en una rifa para ganar uno de cuatro tarjetas de regalo Fred Meyer de $25.
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Comment on ODOT funding scenarios by Friday, December 11

New STIP funding scenarios (BikePortland.org)
  • The Oregon Dept. of Transportation is adopting a funding scenario to guide how $2.2 billion will be invested from 2024 to 2027.
  • BEST is collecting resources here.
  • The public may submit written comments by Friday, Dec. 11, at 5:00 p.m.
  • The public may also testify live on Tuesday, Dec. 15, starting at 5:00 p.m.
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Request your free “20 is Plenty” yard sign

UPDATE 1/10/2021: BEST, like the City of Eugene, is now out of yard signs. But you might know a neighbor who has an extra one.

  • To promote safe streets, request your free “20 is Plenty” yard sign to pick up.
  • On July 13, 2020, the Eugene City Council authorized reducing speed limits on most residential—but not major—streets from 25 to 20 mph.
  • Lowering speeds significantly reduces the risk of injury or death, especially for people walking and bicycling and other vulnerable roadway users.
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Urge Metropolitan Policy Committee to adopt goal or objective to slow climate change

Central Lane MPO Area
Eugene-Springfield-Coburg Metropolitan (Central Lane MPO) Area

UPDATE 11/5/2020: Added BEST’s recommendations … and a summary of MPC’s action and a link to the video of the meeting.

  • BEST and other community leaders are pushing local officials to slow climate change, which the recent wildfires underscore is already happening.
  • The Eugene-Springfield-Coburg Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) is looking to add a goal or objective to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
  • On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m., testify virtually to tell MPC to take action, or just tune in to bear witness.
  • BEST notes that climate change is already reflected in the draft goals, but recommends making it explicit. BEST also recommends later develop performance measures to guide actions.
  • At their meeting, MPC ultimately directed staff to add language to the draft 3rd goal: “Transportation greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.” They further directed staff to add an objective: “Strive to reduce vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions and congestion through more sustainable street, bike, pedestrian, transit, and rail network design, location, and management.”
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Driving Down Emissions: Transportation, land use, and climate change

Driving Down Emissions: Transportation, land use, and climate change

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, save lives, promote better health, and create places where people want to live, a new report from Transportation for America and Smart Growth America recommends:

  • Getting onerous government regulations out of the way of providing more homes where people naturally drive less;
  • Making safety the top priority for street design to encourage more short trips;
  • Instituting GHG reduction and less driving as goals of the transportation system;
  • Investing heavily in other options for getting around; and
  • Prioritizing access to destinations.
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LiveMove Speaker Series: The Intersection of Racism and Transportation with Tamika Butler

Tamika Butler
Tamika Butler

UPDATE 10/30/2020: Added link to YouTube recording.

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., join us for a virtual discussion with Tamika Butler exploring the intersection of racism and transportation, its legacy, and what it means moving forward as future transportation planners and community members.
  • Register in advance to receive a Zoom link.
  • Join / invite / share on Facebook.
  • Sponsored by LiveMove, a University of Oregon student group.
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Ride 4 Justice: Statement by Aimee Okotie-Oyekan

Shawntel Robertson reads Aimee’s statement in Monroe Park

Aimee Okotie-Oyekan is the Environmental and Climate Justice Coordinator for NAACP Eugene/Springfield and a graduate student studying planning at the University of Oregon. At home in Atlanta during the pandemic, she asked that the following statement be read during the Ride 4 Justice:

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