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Environmental Law Caucus

Bike to Eugene Challenge

Date: March 3, 2017 Location: 140 miles from Portland to Eugene

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140 miles from Portland to Eugene

Bike to Eugene Challenge is a one-day, 140 mile bike ride from Portland to Eugene in honor of the 35th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon. Our team is a coalition of Lewis & Clark Law students dedicated to public interest environmentalism, to biking, and to challenges. The purpose of the ride is to reduce our carbon footprint by opting to travel to the largest environmental law conference in the world twelve hours by bicycle, instead of two hours by car. 

The Bike to Eugene Challenge proposes, to ourselves and our communities, a greater sense of personal accountability for environmental harms. Our team also wants to celebrate biking, both for the pure joys of biking, and as a tool to reduce our carbon footprint. Our motto this year is “bike more, drive less.”
All levels of cycling experience are welcome to bike all or some of the one-day, 140 mile, fully-supported ride from Portland to Eugene (see photos from previous years’ journeys). Optional training rides begin in January. 
Please contact or for more information or to join the Bike to Eugene email list. 


It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

~Ernest Hemingway

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