Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Lane County need a bicycle master plan?

The LCBMP’s purpose is to better guide Lane County project priorities and investments.

What are the key elements of the LCBMP?

As an amendment to the Lane County Transportation System Plan, the LCBMP will go before the Lane County Board of Commissioners for adoption with recommendations to improve the:

Safety and comfort for people who bike and all roadway users. 

Connectivity of regional bicycling between rural communities and the urban area.

Equity of access to convenient, safe, and affordable means of transportation. 

Economic development opportunities for bicycle tourism related businesses.

Public health benefits from expanded active transportation.

What is the scope of the project?

All Lane County roads outside of the Eugene-Springfield urban boundary.

Why are Lane County roads within the Eugene-Springfield urban boundary not included?

The cities of Eugene and Springfield have existing bicycle and pedestrian master plans and/or project priorities, policies, and actions reflected in their Transportation System Plans. Lane County defers to these cities for bicycle planning within the urban area.

What type of paths will the LCBMP include in its recommendations?

Lane County paved paths will be included in the recommendations with considerations for all roadway user needs, as well as connections to local and State paved paths where applicable.

Why are soft paved paths for mountain and gravel biking not included in the planning process?

The purpose of this plan is to identify funding priorities for Lane County and Lane County road funds can only be used within its right-of-way. That said, overall connectivity to transportation system is important and connections to and/or route alternatives on gravel or unimproved roads may be considered in locations where bike facilities on County roads are not feasible, pending coordination with respective authorities.

Will the LCBMP explore off-road biking trail connections?

Typically these paths are outside of right-of-way and not part of this planning process. However, the LCBMP will identify potential actions and/or other agencies for advancing public issues and preferences on bicycling outside of its geographic scope.

Will other non-infrastructure barriers to bicycling be explored in the planning process?

Because Lane County has direct control over their roads with dedicated funding, the LCBMP will focus on infrastructure improvements within Lane County’s authority. Recognizing that there are other non-infrastructure barriers to bicycling (e.g., bicycle safety education and education programs, socio-economic factors, etc.), the LCBMP will identify groups and entities to address these barriers.