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Bike Friday In The Bike Capital Of The Country

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Image | Sandy Harris
Matthew Corson-Finnerty Image | Sandy Harris

While I was Out & About, I stopped by Bike Friday in west Eugene to see what was happening. Much to my delight, I caught Matthew Corson-Finnerty cruising around on his prototype chopper bike.  He was having so much fun with it.  I of course grabbed my camera and began to shoot as quickly as I could!

I ran inside to look around a bit to see what they had to offer and to chat with the guys inside.  They showed me with obvious pride, how in 4 seconds their bikes can fold down into something that could fit into a carry on!  What?

Bike Friday has been building these very cool bikes for 20 years!  Offering their standard to custom built bikes.  Once folded, the bikes have a really cool feature; a built in handlebar.  You can ride it to the grocery story and take it inside with you it’s that handy!

I had a pleasant time visiting with the guys at Bike Friday and will be heading back to see the finished chopper bike.  You can find them here.

Bike Friday Image | Sandy Harris

See you out there!

February 2 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

An Amtrak passenger locked himself in a restroom and started a fire in a sleeper car on Friday. Image - KVAL
An Amtrak passenger locked himself in a restroom and started a fire in a sleeper car on Friday. Image – KVAL

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  • Handy trial ends
    Either Lane County was deliberately trying to thwart former commissioner Rob Handy’s effort to get the backstory on misconduct allegations against him, or he and his attorney were engaged in stubborn search for a conspiracy that never existed. Th…
  • Former OSU professor struck by lightning
    A former Oregon State University professor was killed by a lightning bolt Saturday near his home in Scotland.
  • Police: Car burglar caught wearing victim’s coat
    A homeless man accused of breaking into at least cars around Springfield and Eugene was arrested Thursday after a theft victim saw the man wearing his stolen coat.
  • Creswell ensures a showdown for league title

    Creswell continued to build toward the high hopes it has this season. Myles Toman and Austin Jones scored 17 points apiece to help the Bulldogs win their sixth straight game with a 65-54 victory over Pleasant Hill on Friday night
  • Stanford packs its shot to take down UO women
    Along with the shorts, tank tops, shoes and socks they would need, Stanford players were conscious of one other thing they needed to bring north to Oregon this weekend. “Before we left, the most important thing was, ‘pack your shot,’

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather

Tim Chuey Weather:

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Now that the rain is gone for now we’d all like to see the sun. That will be a problem in the South Willamette Valley which doesn’t like to let go of the low clouds and fog.

An upper level high pressure ridge (the shaded “Arch” shape) has taken over our weather pattern and turned off the rain. The ridge will keep us dry with our standard issue late night and early AM fog through the rest of the weekend into early next week. The ridge will weaken and move allowing upper level low pressure to take over sending storms our way by next Tuesday. A frontal system will approach the Pacific Northwest Tuesday returning the chances for rain. Today is Groundhog and later I will have a “Groundhog report” letting you know how the various animal prognosticators voted on an early spring or 6 more weeks of Winter.

[gn_spoiler title=”ADVISORIES” open=”0″ style=”1″]AN AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM TUESDAY FOR CENTRAL DOUGLAS COUNTY, EASTERN CURRY COUNTY, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, JACKSON COUNTY,  THE KLAMATH BASIN, NORTHERN, EASTERN AND WESTERN KLAMATH COUNTY, AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTY.[/gn_spoiler]

High: 45
Low: 35
Rain: Unlikely
Forecast: Cloudy with areas of fog this AM, cloudy this afternoon and tonight with patchy fog late at night, cloudy Sunday, then mostly cloudy Sunday night through Monday night highs 45-40 warming to 45 Monday lows 35-38. Mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) Tuesday and Tuesday night, cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Wednesday, a good (50%) chance of rain Wednesday night, rain likely (60%) Thursday, showers likely (60%) Thursday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of showers Friday highs 50-45 lows 38-35. (seasonal averages high 49 low 35)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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December 1 – Morning Headlines

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A Springfield 76 Station found out just how much the public cares about saving money when they dropped the price of regular gas to $3.19 a gallon yesterday. On an average fill-up that is a savings of $5.52; enough for 22oz of hamburger...

Headlines

  • Purse Snatcher Arrested in Springfield
    Officers responded to a purse snatch at a little after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, at the bus stop in the 2000 block of Olympic St.  Eric Kithcart snatched a purse away from a 48-year-old woman, knocking her to the ground. She receiv…
  • Pac-12 Remodels Boys & Girls Club Technology Center The Pac-12 is in town for the championship game on Friday, but it’s leaving its mark on more than just the football field. The conference is starting a tradition of donating to a local charity in the game’s host city. This year the l…
  • Victim family slams Governor over death penalty The former husband of a woman killed by Gary Haugen calls Gov. John Kitzhaber a coward for halting his execution.
  • Schools foundation doubles grants for 2011 There was a lot of commotion — happy commotion — across the Springfield School District on Tuesday when the Education Celebration Bus Tour stopped at 15 different school campuses to deliver the good news: More than 70 educators had been chosen as r…
  • Gas Station Mobbed After News of Low Gas
    A Springfield gas station was mobbed all day. The reason is the price for regular unleaded at the 76 Station at Main Street and 40th dropped by 46 cents Wednesday morning. The manager says she got word Tuesday to lower the pric…
  • Statutory faculty convenes, decides new direction for University University statutory faculty convened an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon in McArthur Court to hold an open dialogue with Chancellor George Pernsteiner and board member Lynda Ciuffetti) from the Oregon University System, and to pass motions in acc…
  • Eugene Council Discusses Private Parking Practices The Eugene City Council took up an issue Wednesday that could affect people who park in private parking lots. During the council’s work session, councilors wanted to look into what role the city can play in monitoring private parking lots…
  • The 99 Express Bus Service to Monroe is Cut
    State funding cuts means no more bus service for Monroe residents. The 99 Express, connecting Monroe to Corvallis and Junction City is now discontinued. The service was started in 2010 by state grants, offering transportation to A…
  • Eugene Gets First Bike-Only Traffic Signal
    Eugene is getting even more bike friendly. On Thursday, Eugene’s first bike-only traffic signal will turn on at the intersection of Alder Street and 18th Avenue. More than 16,000 vehicles travel through the intersection on an av…

Tim Chuey Weather:

Plan on wearing warm clothes if you are going to the Pac-12 Championship Game Friday evening. At least it will be dry and that will last into early next week. High: 48 Low: 28 Rain: slight A  cold front moved through Oregon returning the moisture flow for just a chance of precipitation for a short period of time. A high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the jet stream) is moving over us and the airflow will dry us out and return the sunshine. So, for the better part of the next 6 days we’ll see sunshine after the late night and early AM fog clears out. That also means that our air quality will suffer with the sinking air of high pressure holding on to the pollutants at the surface. Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog this AM, partly cloudy this afternoon, partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Friday AM, partly cloudy Friday afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy with with patchy fog late Friday night and Saturday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, then partly cloudy with patchy fog late Saturday night highs 42-48 cooling to near 45 Saturday lows 32-28. Partly cloudy with early AM and late night patchy fog Sunday through Monday night, partly cloudy Tuesday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Tuesday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday highs 45-50 cooling to 45 Tuesday lows near 29. (seasonal averages high 48 low 36)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen. Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

Eugene hosts Open House for Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan

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“Eugene is a place where walking and biking are integral to the community’s culture, where the city’s livability, sustainability, and overall quality of life are enhanced by more people walking and biking, and where these activities are safe, convenient, and practical options for everyone.” – Vision statement from the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan 2008

This last Monday, interested pedestrians and cyclists had the opportunity to examine and respond to the city’s 20-year master plan for renovations, and new development of pedestrian, bike, and shared facilities.  The city hosted a two hour Open House at the Eugene Library featuring highlights of the plan as well as several maps displaying the specific changes to be made.  Eugenians in attendance had a chance to talk with city representatives and express their thoughts with others present.

City of Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator, Lee Shoemaker was present at the open house, and spoke with EDN.  When asked why this is an important initiative to the city, Shoemaker responded that it is part of the plan to “Meet city goals of decreasing greenhouse gases.”  He also noted the importance of fostering healthy active lifestyles in the community.  Shoemaker expressed that achieving these goals is made possible by striving to make Eugene more walk-able and bike-able in a way that is safe for all, “there is a sizable percentage of people, for instance families with children, who would like to ride more, but simply don’t feel safe to do so.”  “We would like to see a new classification of ‘Bicycle Boulevards’ develop,” citing recent changes on Alder Street as an example of one potential for safety improvement.

Throughout the entire development of the plan, the city has worked closely with several community organizations and residents to gain crucial input, in hopes of making a cohesive, feasible, and relevant plan.  Community involvement included two prior open houses, as well as the formation of a Project Advisory Committee (PAC).  The PAC was composed of representatives from neighborhood groups, the Sustainability Commission, school districts, higher education institutions, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, among others.  The committee also gained insight from community members through an online survey.

Major changes slated for the next 20 years include: 25.2 miles of sidewalks, 12.2 miles of shared-use facilities, 111.2 miles of bike ways, as well as several intersection, infrastructure, and sign improvements.  Ideally, the plan will help to establish “20-minute-neighborhoods”, a concept that strives to make local, sustainable living an easy option, with work, shopping, recreation, and other opportunities easily accessible within a 20 minute walking distance.  Overall, the city would like to see in the next 20 years, a measurable doubling of the percentage of trips being made by foot or bicycle.  The anticipated benefits of the plan include decreases in traffic congestion, carbon and noxious emissions, cost of road maintenance and exposure to accidents.  The city also hopes to see increases in individual health and wellness, air quality, and access to equitable resources.

Eugene resident Jeem Peterson was willing to speak with EDN regarding his thoughts about the changes.  He stated that he wished that more changes were being made, that “the bike needs a chance to get where it’s going,” insinuating that although Eugene is undoubtedly a shining example of a well constructed biking environment, there are still many improvements that would allow the city’s reputation to flourish.  Jeem told me that the changes he see’s as being most relevant are those that increase safety, as he views this as a major inhibitor for many would be bikers.  Jeem emphasized the importance of the bike-ability of this city when he stated that it was a major draw in bringing him to Eugene as a transplant from Vermont.

Eugenian Jim Holm also spoke with EDN about his concerns.  Specific to his neighborhood, he pointed out on one of the maps, a stretch of road along the Delta highway from Green Acres to Ayres Road.  Holm said that although this stretch is not currently one of the areas to be improved upon, he has always hoped to see a change.  Holm explained that this is a hazardous section because of a lack of designated biking space and a number of landscaped islands that lead to the formation of entrapment or pinch points along the road, which is frequented by gravel trucks.   He continued to point out an intersection change that he was happy to see being made.  The intersection encountered by a biker exiting the river bike path via Briar Cliff, onto River Road, currently requires those traveling south-bound to cross four lanes of traffic, without a designated crossing.  Holm added that he thinks that constructing a path connecting already existing paths along the river, in a loop, would greatly increase Eugene’s livability assets.  

The rough draft of the Pedestrian/Bicycle Master plan may be viewed on the City of Eugene’s Transportation System Plan website.  Those with questions, comments, concerns or suggestions are welcome to respond through the site until October 14th.  

Story by Elisha Shumaker, EDN

June 24 – Morning Headlines

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June 24 – Morning Headlines

Tim Chuey Weather: Mostly cloudy this AM, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight, AM clouds, partly cloudy Saturday and Saturday evening, mostly cloudy Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun Sunday, mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy Sunday night highs 69-74 lows 44-50. Mostly cloudy Monday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday night, mostly cloudy Tuesday with a (30%) chance of rain, becoming partly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Tuesday night, partly cloudy Wednesday with a slight (20%) chance of showers, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Wednesday night, then partly cloudy Thursday with a slight (20%) chance of showers highs 77-69 warming to 72 Thursday lows 52-48. (seasonal averages high 75 low 48)

The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for weeds to be low, and trees to be moderate, and Grass to stay to very high. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

  • No coasting on bicycle defense
    Springfield Municipal Judge James Strickland doesn’t know exactly what to call the two-wheeled vehicle that Paul McClain has been riding around town lately. But he ruled Wednesday tha…
  • Bill on winery rules at hand
    A “grandfather” clause in a bill sitting on the governor’s desk could put to bed a dispute surrounding the full-service restaurant at King Estate Winery in Lorane. Legislators on Thursday, meanwhile, were continuing to work on a compani…
  • EWEB keeps ban on fireworks at reservoir site
    A fireworks ban at the College Hill Reservoir in south Eugene will once again be in effect for the Fourth of July and the fireworks season, the Eugene Water & Electric Board said Thursday. But fireworks can be set off on top of the older, inoperati…
  • No deal in school negotiations
    In the end, it came down to $20 of a monthly health insurance contribution per teacher and a couple of school days. But neither side would budge. Thus, after more than two months of bargaining, including more than nine hours on Thursday, the Eugene Sch…
  • Oregon Health Plan overhaul bill advancing
    SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber’s effort to transform Oregon’s low-income health care plan is moving through the Legislature after weeks of working out details in private. The measure is expected to get a vote in the budget committee soon, a final st…
  • Industrial Fire in West Eugene
    An evacuation at Farwest Fabrication on East Enid Road in West Eugene as a result of a fire which broke out around 10:20 pm in a piece of industrial equipment.
  • Businesses Rent Space to Food Cart Vendors
    Small businesses are looking for every extra penny they can get in this economy, so some are looking to even smaller, mobile businesses to help them out. West Eugene residents may …
  • Fire pits: Summer fun against Eugene city code
    They may be a summertime staple, but in Eugene, firing up the fire pit is almost always against city code, thanks to a little-known ordinance that goes back at least 25 years.
  • House passes bill paying ranchers for livestock killed by wolves
    The Oregon House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to pay ranchers for livestock lost to wolves moving into the state.
  • Four Oregonians arrested following undercover drug investigation in three counties
    Four Oregonians arrested following undercover drug investigation in three countiesOregonLive.comBy Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian A multi-agency undercover drug investigation that began two months ago ended earlier this week the arrest of four people i…
  • Higher education budget shrinks
    Under a budget approved by legislators, Oregon universities will receive less funding from the state in the coming two years than they received a decade ago. The spending plan for 2011-13 cuts the general fund allocation for the Oregon University Syste…
  • Oregon Senate votes to curb hookah lounges
    The Oregon Senate has voted to curb the growth of hookah lounges.
  • Kitzhaber signs school energy retrofits bill
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed into law a bill designed to put people to work by retrofitting public schools with energy efficient technology.
  • Ems improve to 5-2 with 5-2 win over Volcanoes
    The Eugene Emeralds scored four runs in the third inning and the pitching staff made it hold up as the Ems improved to 5-2 with a 5-2 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Eugene E…
  • USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships brings thousands back to Eugene
    Back in Eugene for the second time in the last two years, the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships is underway, bringing in thousands of athletes, spectators and others to…
  • US federation settles suit with former chief
    USA Track and Field has settled a lawsuit with former chief executive officer Doug Logan, who sued to have the balance of his contract paid after he was sacked in September. The parti…
  • Akins continues Thurston tradition
    Former Thurston offensive and defensive lineman Kraig Akins has spent the week in Hills­boro preparing for the Les Schwab Bowl, which matches the top graduated seniors from the OSAA Class 6A and 5A football programs. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. S…
  • Nike taking heat for new shirts
    Nike has released a new line of shirts for it’s action sports line that is creating a controversy over themes involving drug use.
    4j Union negotiation fails over $20.

May 13 – Evening Update

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The local headline update for Friday, May 13:

Tim Chuey: Mostly cloudy tonight with a slight (20%) chance of showers late, mostly cloudy Saturday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon with a (40%) chance of showers (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with showers likely (60%) Saturday night (0.25 in. of rain possible).

Army Corp offering 1K reward for man seen taking pictures at Lookout Point Dam
Have you seen, or do you know this man? He was seen taking photos at night up at Lookout Point Dam.

Stats show spike in UO crime
Crime is spiking on the University of Oregon campus — that’s according to a three month report issued by the Department of Public Safety. But officials say those numbers shouldn’t be taken out of context.

Thief steals lung cancer survivor’s bike
A Springfield lung cancer survivor falls victim to brazen thieves and it’s all caught on video. Finding the bike may help others survive cancer.

Oregon House passes property tax deferral bill
The Oregon House has unanimously passed a bill that could make it tougher to live in a million-dollar house and still get the state to cover your property taxes.

Meth-related deaths up 22 percent in Oregon
The Oregon medical examiner’s office reports methamphetamine-related deaths rose 22 percent last year to claim 106 lives.

Deaths from meth in Oregon up 22%

March 7 – Evening Update

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Here’s the evening wrap-up of today’s local events:

Weather Forecast Update
Tonight: Occasional rain, mainly after 10pm. Low around 39. South wind between 5 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Tuesday: Showers. High near 56. Southwest wind between 14 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%

Name released of Creswell woman found deceased on Hwy. 99 near Goshen
Oregon State Police detectives and troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a 42-year old Creswell woman early Sunday morning along Highway 99
Former governor’s portrait removed from Oregon Capitol
Senate President said the portrait was removed from the capitol out of respect for the former Oregon governor’s sexual abuse victim, who recently passed away.
Earthquakes off the coast raise eyebrows but not alarm
Experts say four earthquakes in 24 hour period are not an indication that the “big one” could be next.
Kitzhaber to unions: ‘Oregon will not copy Wisconsin’s plan’
Hundreds of workers from public and private labor unions rallied on the stairs of the Oregon Capitol on Monday.
Path on old RR to Coburg Proposed
A new bike path on a former railroad grade connecting Armitage Park to Coburg has been proposed for inclusion in the region’s official transportation plan (RTP), but without funding.
Irving Road Closure
Reconstruction of the roadway surface at the Prairie Road and Irving Road intersection begins soon.