The University of Oregon plans to build an office building that would eliminate the possibility of creating a truly effective route from the campus area to the river. The proposed building and parking lot is scheduled to be build near the the EWEB building (which will soon be redeveloped into shops and apartments).
As any cyclist who has ridden down the Alder Bicycle Boulevard knows getting to the river is unnecessarily difficult. Forcing cyclists onto the sidewalk is an unnecessary hazard for pedestrians when a vacant lot and some railroad tracks are all that stand in the way of the river.
Students have banded together with citizens, professors and alumni to move the proposed building to a different site. Under the name Connecting Eugene, the group is asking that the University re-evaluate and update their 20 year old plan for the site.
Connecting Eugene invites you to learn more about the project and visit the sight with them Sunday, January 17 at 2 pm. People will be gathering in front of Starbucks (13th & Alder) and walk from there. If you can't make it you can still sign their petition and pretend you are there by watching a video of the site:
For more info visit the group's website.