- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- Multiple eye-witnesses report that Isiah Wagoner, 29, a leader of the activist group Black Unity, was intentionally struck by Travis Paul Waleri, 34, driving a white Subaru during a Children’s March on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
- Wagoner was taken to PeaceHealth Riverbend and later sent home to recover from injuries he sustained. Waleri was later detained by police as part of an investigation.
- Black Unity held a march on Friday, July 3, 2020, to demand justice for member Wagoner. Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis denounced acts of violence.
- BEST is looking into an increase in the “weaponization of vehicles.”
EUGENE, OR (June 24, 2020)—Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation recently presented awards to the Amazon Active Transportation Corridor, Downtown Springfield, and Springfield Transportation Planner Emma Newman.
Inspired by the Oscars and affectionately known as the “BESTies,” the annual BEST Awards recognize excellence in improving the quality of transportation in the Eugene-Springfield area and beyond.Continue reading
EUGENE, OR (May 2, 2020) — Ten candidates running for city council and four for mayor offered their views on making streets safer in Eugene.
BEST invited all 20 candidates running in the May 19, 2020, Primary Election to respond to a transportation safety questionnaire. A local 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, BEST does not support or oppose any candidate for elected office. BEST is sharing all responses received as a public service to inform voters.Continue reading