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The Mayor's Bicycle Committee and City of Eugene staff have updated the Eugene Bikeways Master Plan annually. This project provides the base for evaluation of the Bikeways Master Plan to improve the updating process. The evaluation process has been established to facilitate periodic evaluations prior to the annual update.

The work efforts and guides for evaluating and updating are described in the following sections:

  • Bikeways Master Plan Evaluation
  • Future Evaluations
  • Bikeways Master Plan Update


Periodic evaluation will provide for the most efficient utilization of resources to accomplish the stated goals and objectives. The process compares these stated goals and objectives with achievements, and reveals any problems encountered, possible solutions and recommended future action. Refinements to planning and scheduling result from the evaluation. An evaluation format has been tailored to the Eugene Bikeways Master Plan. An outline or report type format is useful for an evaluation and should include

  • Date of evaluation
  • Project evaluated
  • Goals and objectives
  • Accomplishments
  • Problem descriptions, including how they were resolved and recommended future action
  • Recommendations

An example of this format is presented below for the evaluation of this project. The project was developed and prepared to meet the stated goals and objectives of the City of Eugene. The objectives have been formulated to provide specific items to benefit the City.

Date: July 1979
Project: Evaluation of the Eugene Bikeways Master Plan
Goals: The primary goal of the project has been to evaluate the relationship between bicycle accidents and the Eugene Bikeway System. A secondary goal has been to identify ways to increase bicycle ridership in Eugene.
Evaluation: The project team consisting of individuals from Eugene's Public Works, Police, Planning and Parks Departments, and the Mayor's Bicycle Committee working with the Consultant, has reviewed and evaluated bicycle accidents in Eugene and their relationship to the bikeway system. The project team also conducted a public hearing and citizen survey to gather local input for improvement to and usage of the bikeway system. The preparation of this report and completion of the stated objectives indicates that the goals have been met.
Objectives: The objectives which must be accomplished to achieve the project goals include
1. Measuring Bicycle Volumes in Eugene

Evaluation: Bicycle volumes were measured on all bicycle facilities in Eugene by either manual counts or machine counts. All counts were factored to 24-hour volumes, and a bicycle flow map illustrating daily bicycle usage was prepared. The daily, monthly, and annual variation of bicycle usage was also evaluated. This information is described in Chapter II.

2. Analysis of Bicycle Accidents

Evaluation: The frequencies of occurrence of different bicycle accident types have been identified, and appropriate countermeasures described. The frequency, as well as the rate of occurrence of bicycle accidents has been identified for all bicycle facilities, as well as all streets which were locations of numerous bicycle accidents. Intersection locations of recurring bicycle accidents are identified. A summary of the primary causes of bicycle accidents with identified bicycle driver errors is also presented. This information is presented in Chapter III.

3. Determine the Nature of Level of Accident Reporting

Evaluation: A survey of individuals treated for bicycle accident injuries was conducted, and the type of bicycle accidents which are, and are not reported was determined. This information is presented in Chapter IV.

4. Develop a Program to Monitor Bicycle Accidents

Evaluation: A revised catalog system for bicycle accidents has been developed and implemented. A system to improve the reporting of injury bicycle accidents to the Bicycle Coordinator was also developed. This information is presented in Chapter IV.

5. Evaluate the Existing Bikeway System

Evaluation: A reconnaissance survey of all bicycle facilities was conducted to study operational characteristics, and to identify engineering defects. A public hearing was conducted in order to hear the publics concern about Eugene's bikeways. This information was supplemented with a Citizen Survey to evaluate improvement to the bikeway system to increase ridership. Summaries of this information are described in Chapter V.

6. Evaluate Eugene's Bikeway Improvement Program

Evaluation: Improvements of the City's bikeway construction standards and practices were identified. Improved standards relating to maintenance, bikeway lighting, and fixed object hazards are presented. Chapter VI also includes recommendations for improvements or additional routes for the bikeway system.

7. Evaluating and Updating the Eugene Bikeways Master Plan

Evaluation: Chapter VII presents an evaluation of this project in meeting its goals and objectives. Methods of evaluation of implemented projects are presented. The updating of both the Evaluation Process and the Bikeways Master Plan is also described.

Accomplishments: With the adoption of this "Evaluation of the Eugene Bikeways Master Plan", and the implementation of its recommendations, accomplishments will include:
  • Improvement of identified hazardous sections of the bikeways
  • Improvement of hazardous intersections
  • Improved monitoring of bicycle-motor vehicle accidents
  • Improved monitoring of injury bicycle accidents not involving motor vehicles
  • Identification of frequent accident types and causes for improving educational countermeasures
  • Responsive problem identification of bikeway hazards
  • Elimination of built-in fixed object hazards along bikeways
  • Improved lighting of bike paths to encourage ridership
  • Increased bicycle ridership
Problems Encountered: No significant project development problems were encountered on this project. Problem conditions related to the bikeways have been identified, and recommendations to resolve the problems have been made.
Recommendations: The specific recommendations of this project report should be adopted, and improvements implemented. Action Programs should be continued.


Future evaluations will be related to items of work conducted to implement or improve the Eugene Bikeway System. Annual evaluations should be conducted to measure the success of both. Using the following format, work related to the Bikeways Master Plan should be evaluated by, 1) stating the goals and objectives of each project and, 2) measuring the degree of success of actual achievements.

The accident monitoring described in Chapter IV is a necessary part of an evaluation; however, the economic benefits of bikeway facilities must also be evaluated to assure efficient use of monies. A format for economic evaluations of projects is shown in Figure VII-1. The figure contains space for: project description, before and after analysis, comparing volumes, accidents, economic loss, and economic loss per bicyclist. Also included is a comparison of estimated and actual cost, cost per bicycle, economic benefit, and economic benefit per bicycle.


Project Name                 Route Number                      
Project Description                                             
    Bicycle Volumes per Day                        (1)          
        Bicycle Accidents
            Persons Killed                      
            Persons Injured                     
            Property Damage Only                
    Economic Loss                                  (2) $        
    Economic Loss per Bicyclist (2) (1)            (3) $        
    Date started                                
    Date completed                              
    Estimated Cost               $______________
    Actual Cost                                    (4) $        
Cost per bicyclist (4) (2)                         (5) $        
    Bicycle Volumes per Day                        (6)          
        Bicycle Accidents
            Persons Killed                      
            Persons Injured                     
            Property Damage Only                
    Economic Loss                                  (7) $        
    Economic Loss per Bicyclist                    (8) $        
    Economic Benefit* (2)-(7)                          $        
    Economic Benefit per Bicyclist (3)-(8)             $        
    Total Economic Benefit** (2)-(7)-(4)               $        
    Total Economic Benefit per Bicyclist (3)-(8)-(5)   $        
 * Relates only to benefits
** Relates costs and benefits

The before and after evaluation should be conducted for equal time periods. One-year is a minimum time base for preliminary evaluations. A longer time base will tend to average out random circumstances. Economic losses are determined by multiplying the numbers of the various accident categories by typical costs of accidents. In September 1978, the Oregon Traffic Safety Commission published figures appropriate for economic loss evaluations in Oregon. These figures are given below:
Economic Loss Category
$287,175 Maximum Severity or Death
192,240 Critical (Survival Uncertain)
86,955 Severe (Life Threatening, Survival Probable)
8,085 Severe (Not Life Threatening)
4,350 Moderate
2,190 Minor


The Eugene Bikeways Master Plan has been updated annually by the Mayor's Bicycle Committee and Eugene's City staff. The annual update has served to refine and provide continuity to the Master Plan. The committee and staff have done an excellent job of identifying and implementing the top priority bikeways since the Master Plan was adopted in 1975. This evaluation provides an important tool for updating and refining the Master Plan in the years to come. The initial evaluation has identified specific locations that require improvements, and specific locations that are serving bicycles very well. The updating of the Master Plan can take advantage of this initial evaluation.

During the course of this project, bicycle volumes have been measured; bicycle accidents have been cataloged, classified, and analyzed; an improvement program for injury accident monitoring has been identified; and projects for the improvement of the bikeways have been identified. A description of the methods used for each of these tasks is described in this project report.

Table VII-1 lists and schedules a proposed Annual Work Program for the continued evaluation of the Eugene Bikeways. The tasks represent the annual work effort that will be required to update the plan, and provide the results of the evaluation to the educators and enforcers, who need the information. All work activities listed should be conducted annually, and the work program should be updated to meet changing needs. This evaluation will result in the continued improvement of what has become Oregon's Best Bikeway System. The evaluations can also serve other Oregon cities with their efforts to provide bikeways.


Task/Work Activity Estimated Manhours
January - December (continuing)
  • Staff Mayor's Bicycle Committee Meetings
  • Conduct semiannual reconnaissance surveys of
    existing bikeways
  • Monitor bicycle accidents monthly
  • Monitor permanent recorder stations
January - February - March
  • Evaluate daily, monthly and annual usage variation
  • Evaluate and update construction program
  • Prepare Annual Bikeway Improvements Work Program
April - May - June
  • Organize bicycle volume measurements for facility evaluations
  • Coordinate enforcement and education activities by others
  • Evaluate specific improvement projects
July - August - September
  • Prepare work programs and information packets for bicycle safety programs
  • Conduct volume measurements for specific evaluations
October - November - December
  • Identify improvement projects
  • Evaluate work program, study work accomplished during the year, evaluate performance and adjust to meet changing needs
  • Analyze bicycle accidents
  • Evaluate priority assignment and finance program
  • Prepare annual update of Bikeways Master Plan

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