Cyclists have a safer way to travel on 13th Avenue from Lincoln and Alder streets near the University of Oregon campus.
The city of Eugene introduced Wednesday the new 13th Avenue Bikeway, a 12-foot-wide two-way bikeway that uses a concrete barrier on the north side of the road to separate it from the vehicle travel lanes.
The intersections in the bikeway have traffic signals with bike-only signal phases to prevent turning conflicts between people driving and people biking. Other features include green paint highlighting the bikeway, new wayfinding signs and raised pedestrian crossing at 13th Avenue and Lincoln Street.
The bikeway was envisioned by the University of Oregon LiveMove student group in 2014 as a way for students to travel safely between housing and campus. The students proposed the idea to the city, which Eugene created with the help of federal funds.
A weeklong grand opening celebration — “Shift Lanes: 13th Avenue” — begins Friday. Events and activities include “ride and seek” deals by showing your bike helmet to local businesses, physically distanced rides throughout the week hosted by local groups, a Family Fun Day on Sunday, and AARP Day on Oct. 30, the final day of the celebration.
For more information, go to eugene-or.gov/3742/13th-Avenue-Bikeway.
This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: New two-way, protected 13th Avenue Bikeway creates safer travel to and from campus