SPRINGFIELD (March 1, 2021) — Four of the eight candidates applying to fill the City Council Ward 1 vacancy offered their views on making streets safer in Springfield.Continue reading
This transportation safety questionnaire was distributed to all candidates applying to fill the Springfield City Council Ward 1 vacancy. It was developed by BEST and partners to assist candidates in informing the community on an important issue of concern.Continue reading
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.
- 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.
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
- 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 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.