13th Avenue Bikeway (Campus to Downtown)

13th Avenue Bikeway

Project Description

The 13th Avenue Bikeway will feature a two-way protected bike lane on 13th Avenue from Alder Street to Lincoln Street linking the University of Oregon Campus to Downtown Eugene. Protected bike lanes provide physical separation between the bikeway and travel lanes. To facilitate two-way traffic, signalized intersections will have bike-only signal phases to prevent turning conflicts between people driving and people riding bicycles.


Following the project involvement process, city staff recommended making the following walking and biking improvements along 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue between the University of Oregon Campus and Downtown Eugene. View the Final Project Report here.


12th Avenue

  • Enhanced crossings
  • Bicycle boulevard treatment
  • Reconstruct and enhance accessway between Willamette Street and Oak Street

13th Avenue

Two-way protected bikeway between Lincoln Street and Alder Street including the following elements:


  • 12-foot wide two-way bikeway on the north side of 13th Avenue
  • Bike signals at all signalized intersections
  • Improved traffic signals including audible pedestrian devices and countdown timers
  • Reductions in parking and travel lanes
  • Construct parking bays to mitigate parking removal where possible
  • Green colorant at intersections and other conflict zones
  • Barrier between cycle track and travel lanes
  • Replace trees removed during construction

Timeline

For current information on transportation construction projects in Eugene, please go to www.tripcheck.com or visit the City of Eugene’s project web site at www.eugene-or.gov/roadwork.


Construction of the 13th Avenue Bikeway started April 13, 2020. Throughout May construction teams worked on the southeast corners at each intersection along the corridor, adding ADA ramps, new traffic signals, and new parking bays on the south side of 13th Avenue. 


Throughout June the contractor will be shifting their operation from the south side of 13th Avenue to the north side. During construction people biking will need to detour to 12th Avenue. People traveling on 13th Avenue should use the temporary traffic signals.

Planning Process

The LiveMove student organization at the University of Oregon started the conversation by assembling a report called the "13th Avenue Downtown-Campus Corridor Concept Plan". The plan envisioned a two-way bicycling facility on 13th Avenue from the UO Campus to Downtown Eugene. It also enumerated the amount of contraflow bicycle riding (westbound) on eastbound 13th Avenue. Based on positive community feedback from this report, new student housing developments on 13th Avenue, and recommendations to add the project to the Transportation System Plan, the city began a robust public outreach process in 2013.


The first step was to determine if there were alternative routes that would not necessitate changes to 13th Avenue. This included a community conversation at an open house in December 2013. The open house was used to test whether existing facilities on 11th Avenue (bike lane), 12th Avenue (bike route), and 13th Avenue (bike lane) were sufficient for bicycle traffic. There were over 100 attendees at the first open house, and many agreed that 13th Avenue needed some improvements.  Familiarity with the two-way bikeway on Alder Street, installed in 2011, led many to state that a similar facility on 13th seemed like a solution worth considering. 


Given the outcomes of the community conversations, city staff hired an engineering company to look into traffic and parking impacts of developing a two-way bikeway on 13th Avenue. Traffic operations staff agreed that a two-way bikeway could function on 13th Avenue with adjustments made to signal timing. It would require that the bikeway had it’s own signal phase separate from the automobile traffic phase.  


With the knowledge that a two-way bikeway was possible, staff canvassed the corridor again and scheduled another open house for April 17, 2014. At the April event, staff summarized the first open house and asked attendees to summarize their preferences for bicycling between the UO campus and downtown. Safety was the primary issue and many felt that a protected bikeway, with separate signal phases, would improve network and safety.


Later in 2014, staff scheduled meetings with business and property owners (June 19th-20th, 2014) and a public meeting on June 24th, 2014.  Staff also met with PeaceHealth and the University of Oregon. The result of the public process was for city staff to implement infrastructure changes on 13th Avenue, including the two-way bikeway.


Since those initial conversations in 2014, city staff assembled funding from several funding sources to pay for project development. Additional analyses have also been completed including a traffic analysis and conceptual intersection sketches.  Alta Planning + Design developed the intersection sketches linked below.  These are concepts, not final designs, but they help to illustrate potential concepts that could be used for the 13th Avenue Bikeway. View the 13th Avenue Sketchbook designs here.


In summer 2018, city staff canvassed the corridor again, talked to businesses, and met with the University of Oregon, PeaceHealth, and the University Business District to discuss the project.


Public Involvement 


Community Meeting #1

On December 4, 2013, the first community meeting to discuss transportation options between campus and downtown for people who ride bikes was held at the Eugene Public Library. Participants were presented existing conditions information for three transportation corridors: 11th, 12th, and 13th Avenues. After each corridor was introduced, respondents were asked to describe personal experiences and opinions related to traveling through each corridor.


Community Meeting #2

A second community meeting was held on April 17, 2014, to discuss improvement options for traveling by bike from campus to downtown.


Community Meeting #3

The final community meeting was help on June 12, 2014, to present draft staff recommendations. Staff took public comments at the meeting and held the public comment period open until July 15, 2014.


Project Concept Maps

Funding & Naming

Funding for this project is from multiple sources. Grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation is provided through the All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) Program. This program was developed to address safety needs on public roads and aligns with the city’s Vision Zero policy. The City of Eugene received $2.3M from ARTS.


The project also includes regional funding through the Surface Transportation Program-Urban (STP-U). These funds are distributed through the the Central Lane Council of Governments. The program provides flexible funding to improve and preserve transportation infrastructure related to walking, bicycling, riding the bus, and private automobile use.  The city of Eugene received $450K from STP-U.


In addition, David Minor’s family has committed $150,000 to the development of the bikeway. David Minor lost his life in a car-bike crash on 13th Avenue at Willamette Street in June 2008. The city will consider naming the project the "David Minor Bikeway" according to city procedures for naming infrastructure.

Contact

For more information please contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, 541-682-5727.