- Vision Zero Cities 2020 conference occurred online on Oct. 19–23, 2020.
- Effects of COVID-19 on transportation safety being felt far and wide by advocates and their communities.
- COVID-19 has taught the transportation world that rapid change is possible.
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.
UPDATE 11/13/2020: Now includes LTD Board adoption of CIP.
UPDATE 10/21/2020: Now includes BEST’s recommendations.
- LTD’s Community Investment Plan (CIP) is a 10-year framework that provides direction on community investments.
- Scheduled for adoption on Nov. 18, 2020, the 2021–2030 CIP Draft is available for public comment.
- BEST has no objections to the CIP as presented. But BEST urges LTD to serve the community better by better organizing the plan and especially explicitly linking investments to a strategic business plan to advance community goals.
- Marianne Nolte says that biking is the way to go.
- She was BEST’s Transportation Options Coordinator for two years while earning a degree in planning from the UO.
- Now she is on the BEST Board of Directors while working as a planner for Lane County.
UPDATE 12/28/2020: Added links to recent Washington Post podcast and Atlantic story.
UPDATE 10/17/2020: Added information from Washington Post story about police shootings involving people in the throes of a mental health crisis.
- On March 31, 2019, during a traffic stop, Springfield police killed Stacy Kenny, a 33-year-old Springfield resident, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Court records show Kenny legally changed her name and gender in Lane County Court on September 20, 2018.
- On April 16, 2019, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow ruled that a Springfield police officer was lawful in his use of force.
- On July 15, 2020, lawyers for the family of Kenny announced that the city of Springfield had agreed to pay $4.55 million and to undertake police reforms.
- Nationally, about a quarter of all fatal police shootings involved someone police said was in the throes of a mental health crisis.