A New Look at the Springfield/Eugene Bike Paths

6 05 2014

Hello and Happy Bike Month! River House staff celebrate in a variety of ways–by teaching Bike Safety Education classes in the 4J school district, by biking to and from work, and by playing on bicycles in our free time as much as possible. We have folks who eat, sleep, and dream all things Bike Polo, friends who spend their weekends at Cyclocross races, and coworkers who tour the state, country, and the globe by bicycle.

We aren’t the only ones who love bikes, though, and I wanted to find out how others show their love of traveling on 2 wheels.  Meet Dan O’Donnell. Dan has been a bike commuter for 37 years, and has been an artist all his life (whether he admits it or not).  He spends much of his free time on the bike paths in town journaling, writing songs, and making art.  He kindly showed me these 7 beautiful renditions of different views from the bike paths and rides in the Eugene/Springfield area, and I couldn’t stop talking about them for days.  If you follow the yellow road on some of them, he’ll take you on a lovely ride through the area–much of it on our paths, some of it on low-traffic roads. You’ll cross the Willamette, parallel the McKenzie, ride through Dorris Ranch, and see views of Mount Pisgah (to name a few highlights).

Dan combines his love of the outdoors with art on a regular basis. He loves “to get wild” with primary colors and pastels.  He’ll go out on a hike one day, and the spend the next day mapping it out. While out on an adventure, his brain is constantly working to memorize details about the area. He especially loves to draw details in architectural structures like the bike bridges and Matt Court. When asked what he hopes people get from his work, he simply says, “A bike ride.”

Thanks Dan, for sharing your art with our community. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

Michelle Brown

 

Maurie Jacobs Park (off River Road) to Dorris Ranch (Springfield)

Maurie Jacobs Park (off River Road) to Dorris Ranch (Springfield)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to Crescent Road (North Eugene)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to Crescent Road (North Eugene)

Crescent Road to McKenzie View Drive

Crescent Road to McKenzie View Drive

Clearwater Park to North Bank Bike Path (through Glenwood)

Clearwater Park to North Bank Bike Path (through Glenwood)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to North Bank Bike Path (E. Springfield)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to North Bank Bike Path (E. Springfield)

View of Knickerbocker Bridge, Mt. Pisgah and Moon Mtn.

View of Knickerbocker Bridge, Mt. Pisgah and Moon Mtn.

View of Hendricks Park from North Bank Bike Path

View of Hendricks Park from North Bank Bike Path

 

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