- The Ride 4 Justice bike ride on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, was in the name of protesting racism and police brutality and calling for increased accountability on transportation and other city policies.
- The ride was organized by Minority Freedom Network, NAACP Eugene Springfield Oregon, Climate Revolutions by Bike, Cascadian Courier Collective, GEARs, and BEST.
- The route focused on historical locations for the Black community and educating participants on next steps in transportation equity.
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.
- 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.