Draft Bicycle Master Plan available for review

Draft Bicycle Master Plan available for review
Posted on 04/27/2022

Lane County’s first-ever draft Bicycle Master Plan is available for review and comment. The draft plan’s goal is to make bicycling a viable regional transportation option in rural Lane County* linking communities to destinations and services, and connecting where we live, work, and play. 

 

The draft plan can be reviewed at www.lanecountybmp.com/resources

 

The plan reflects community needs and priorities for improving bicycling conditions, particularly as a transportation option outside of the Eugene and Springfield urban core. Rural roads are not generally the most comfortable routes for people bicycling; however, they are the most direct routes between communities and can serve as an important transportation option for people who lack access to a vehicle. 

 

The predominant recommendation of the plan is shoulder widening to create a separate travel space for people bicycling on rural roads identified as part of a bicycle network. In total, the plan recommends creating or improving:

  • 8 miles of buffered bike lanes
  • 2 miles of bike lanes
  • 37 miles of shared-use paths
  • 302 miles of 6-foot shoulder bikeways
  • 674 miles of 4-foot shoulder bikeways
  • 9 miles of shared roadway
  • 124 miles of unpaved gravel roads

 

“This plan is ambitious,” said Lane County Senior Transportation Planner Becky Taylor. “But it is important for us to think big, determine what we really need as a community, and start working toward our goal project by project. The final plan will help us prioritize those projects and seek out grant funding or other opportunities to make it happen.”

 

The public involvement process included stakeholder interviews with community-based organizations, two online public open houses, and survey responses from over 2,500 people over two years. The draft plan also used data about community demographics, bicycle crashes and travel demand to identify areas of vulnerability and need. 

 

Please send comments to Becky Taylor, Lane County senior transportation planner at [email protected]. Comments submitted by May 3, 2022 will be evaluated prior to submitting the BMP as an amendment to Lane County’s Transportation System Plan.

 

* The plan does not include the Eugene-Springfield area because those cities have their own plans for bicycling.