Even though the study recommended adding more bike parking spots at these centers, the data appeared to indicate the supply exceeds demand. The study counted 509 spots at the 14 locations, but recommended nearly doubling that number -- even though only 55 spots were being used at the time of the survey.
It found 256 bike parking spots at the transit stations studied, with 53 being used. It recommended three new short-term parking spots and 222 new long-term spots in lockers and cages. The Springfield transit station was the busiest, with 21 of its 40 parking spots being used.
Maffei said the inventory was taken on Oct. 16 and 17, and there wasn't enough money to perform more than a single count in a given study area.
"In most cases, we won't have happened to be at the location during the busiest time of any given month or year," she said. "For example, the Hult Center would naturally be busiest during a performance; a shopping center is likely to be busiest the day after Thanksgiving."
Duncan Rhodes, a member of the Greater Eugene Area Riders Cycling Club, or GEARs, who served on the committee, said quite a few local spots could use more bike parking.
"Until you build something, you will never know if it will be used or not," he said.
One of those areas is the shopping center anchored by Market of Choice on Willamette Street. The study found eight of the center's 26 parking spots were used, but those numbers don't tell the full story. Lyn Ryse, a spokeswoman for the locally owned grocery chain, said Market of Choice is considering adding more bike parking over the next six months based on customer demand.
Eugene city officials are considering adding bike lanes and sidewalks to the busy stretch of Willamette between 24th and 32nd avenues. The council will discuss the concept in November.
"We're anticipating that if the street changes in front of our center, there will be more bike traffic probably," Ryse said.
Representatives of other "activity centers" didn't return messages seeking comment Friday.
David Hauser, president of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, noted the study calls for a lot of new bicycle parking downtown. The chamber manages Downtown Eugene Inc., an association that represents city-center merchants and property owners.
The association hears requests from time to time for more bicycling parking in certain areas of downtown, Hauser said. But he said the group also has to consider the needs of motorists and pedestrians as it strives for a vibrant downtown.
"You want to make sure it all balances out," he said.
Eugene resident Julie Hessler, a University of Oregon associate professor who bikes downtown at least a couple of times a week, said it's often hard to find a parking spot, especially at the Eugene Public Library and during the Saturday Market. She worries the opening of more student housing downtown will only increase demand for bicycle spots in the area.
"It's already kind of strained, and it's sure to get worse," she said.
BIKE RACKS STUDY
Here's a breakdown of the study's findings at locations around the Eugene-Springfield area
Activity centers (short-term parking spots)
Gateway Mall: 66 available; 12 used at time of survey; 160 more recommended
Hult Center: 18 available; 1 used at time of survey; 122 more recommended
Market of Choice Willamette Street shopping center: 26 available; 8 used; 62 more recommended
Oakway Center: 154 available; 20 used; 154 more recommended
Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend: 24 available; 1 used; 89 more recommended
Valley River Center: 67 available; 2 used; 140 more recommended
Transit stations (parking spots in cages and lockers for long-term use)
Eugene Station: 0 available; 112 recommended
Springfield Station: 0 available; 63 recommended
Valley River Station: 7 available; 3 more recommended
Amazon Station: 3 available; 7 more recommended
Eugene: 2,744 available; 2,118 more spots recommended
Springfield: 190 available; 258 more spots recommended
Sources: Draft Regional Bike Parking Study, Point2point