June 17, 2021

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Lane County designing its first county-wide bicycle master plan

Bicycling long has been a major attraction and hobby in Lane County, but now, for the first time, the county is working on a bicycle master plan to help improve infrastructure and routes for cyclists in the region.

The goal of the plan is to improve comfort and safety of bicycling on county roads where the need is greatest, which could include widening the shoulders, adding bike lanes or smaller fixes. But it also emphasizes broader benefits for the community such as improving public health, the environment and tourism economy. 

So far, bicyclers and other members of the public have provided substantial feedback on issues such as roads they think need wider shoulders and whether other safety modifications are needed.

“It’s usually the same issues: high-speed traffic and little to no shoulder, which leads to conflict,” said Sue Wolling, a cyclist and longtime member of the bicycle group Greater Eugene Area Riders, also known as GEARs.