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Getting Around Downtown Eugene Car-Free

Published: April 02, 2020

 

Whether you fly into the Eugene Airport, take Amtrak to the Eugene Station or ride the LTD bus from Eugene-Springfield neighborhoods and outlying communities, once you are in downtown Eugene there are many ways to get around without a car. Masks are required on all public transportation. 

Along with bike rentals, taxi service, Uber or Lyft; try these alternative transportation options that serve Eugene's downtown core.

Ride Zero (Coming Soon)

This free ride service serves downtown Eugene and the Whiteaker Neighborhood. Hop into one of Ride Zero's electric vehicles for a quick ride to your next nearby destination. Operating all weekend and most evenings, this is an effortless way to get from dinner to a show. Also, call it "Plan B" when rain or sore feet impinge on your planned walk. With Ride Zero to the rescue, you won't have to worry about designated drivers, expiring parking meters or walking alone. 

PeaceHealth Rides

PeaceHealth Rides Bike Share at the Graduate Hotel by Melanie Griffin
PeaceHealth Rides Bike Share at the Graduate Hotel by Melanie Griffin

 

All those blue bicycles you see out and about are part of PeaceHealth Rides. This bike share program is inexpensive and easy to use for short bike rides around downtown. There are beautiful bike paths along the Willamette River and you can even ride to Valley River Center or the University of Oregon campus. When in downtown Eugene, please walk your bicycles through pedestrian-only spaces such as sidewalks.

To use just download the app, reserve your bicycle at one of many bike share hubs and go! Bicycle helmets are not provided but are recommended. Bicycles are available 24 hours, seven days a week. Riders must be at least 18 years old.

Adaptive bicycles are available through the Hilyard Community Center.

Park Downtown & Walk

There are two downtown parking garages (the Overpark and the Parcade) that offer free all day parking on weekends and the first hour free on weekdays. The City of Eugene offers a mobile app IPS Park Smarter that allows you to pay and manage on-street parking meters Monday through Saturday. The app also tracks available parking spaces for you, making it easy to find a spot.

And since you are walking... why not sign up for a guided walking tour of downtown? America's Hub World Tours offers a downtown food tour and a downtown history tour.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.