- Lane County is developing a Climate Action Plan.
- A Climate Advisory Committee is charged with assisting the Board of Commissioners in this work. BEST executive director Rob Zako is a member.
- The 2nd meeting of the committee is on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.
- The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year.
- WDR is a high-profile global event to remember the many millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads and to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families and communities.
- In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people in the United States lost their lives to car crashes.
- On Nov. 23, 1970, Lane Transit District began operations.
- During the month of November 2020, LTD will be celebrating the past 50 years and the major milestones over this time.
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.”
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.
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.
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:Continue reading
- The 13th Avenue Bikeway features a two-way protected bike lane from Alder Street to Lincoln Street, linking the University of Oregon to downtown Eugene.
- During the week of Fri–Fri, Oct. 23–30, Shift Lanes: 13th Avenue celebrates the opening of the new bikeway with group bike rides, deals at local businesses, the Filmed by Bike Film Fest, and more!
- On Fri 10/24, 12:30 pm, join the Ride 4 Justice solidarity bike ride, hosted by the Minority Freedom Network with support from BEST and other local organizations.
- On Wed 10/28 at 2 pm, join a Celebration Ride, led by BEST advisor and cycling aficionado Richard Hughes.
UPDATE 10/23/2020: Added route map.
- On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., starting and ending in Alton Baker Park, join us for a 8-mile, family-friendly, socially-distanced solidarity ride for those we have lost in the fight for social justice.
- Join / invite / share on Facebook.
- Led by Isiah Wagoner with Minority Freedom Network, there will be teach-in moments throughout.
- Co-sponsored by NAACP Eugene/Springfield, Cascadian Courier Collective, GEARs, Climate Revolutions by Bike … and BEST.