Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 30, 1980, Section A, Page 5, Image 5

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    New bike path projected
By tNULANU
Of the Emerald
A two-way bike path on 13th
Avenue between Kincaid and
Agate streets with covered
parking for up to 1,000 bikes
was discussed by the University
transportation subcommittee
Tuesday.
The plan will be presented to
the Campus Planning Commit
tee on May 21. If approved by
the committee, the proposal will
go to University Pres. William
Boyd, whose support would al
low the planning committee to
Degm searcmng tor construc
tion funds for the bike-path
project, targeted for possible
completion in 1984.
Still in the “schematic
stages” according to subcom
mitte member Jim Johnston, the
plan would convert the north
half of 13th Avenue into a
12-foot wide, two-way bike path.
Part of the south side of the
street would be converted into
bike-parking areas, separated
from the pedestrian sidewalk by
screens with planters and other
landscaping.
Remodeling both ends of the
avenue wouia maxe entry onto
the path easier, and a raised
intersection would cross 13th
Avenue to facilitate pedestrian
traffic.
Conflicts between pedes
trians and bike riders will be
inevitable in developing the
plan, subcommittee chairer
Frank Anderson said.
“Our concept is to design the
area as a mall — a mix of places
for multitudes of users with the
least amount of conflict in an
aesthetically pleasing place to
be," Johnston said.
To help fund the project, a
proposal to require a yearly $5
bike permit will be included with
the plan. The subcommittee es
timates $20,000 a year would be
made available for the facility
from that fund.
A $2 life-time bike registration
fee is currently required by the
University. Tickets for not hav
ing a bike registration sticker
are routinely given out "but I
don’t think anyone has ever
paid a fine," Anderson said,
adding that enforcing permit
use would be difficult.
An additional $9,550 a year
for the facility would be collect
ed from auto permit funds.
Money from state and federal
agencies, and private contribu
tors would also be sought to
help pay for the facility.
Without considering inflation
or possible interest charges, the
subcommittee is projecting a
total cost of $244,000 for the
project that would be paid over
a period of 10 years.
Prisoner rights
bill still stalled
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Senate refused on Tuesday to
clear the way for action on a bill
authorizing federal legal action
against states to protect the
constitutional rights of
prisoners and mental patients.
A motion to halt a filibuster fell
four votes short of the required
three-fifths of the Senate,
receiving a favorable margin of
56-34. Backers of the measure
will try again on Wednesday.
The bill would give the attor
ney general the authority to file
suits in federal court when he
had “reasonable cause” to
believe a state or political sub
division was subjecting institu
tionalized persons to
“egregious or flagrant” viola
tions of their rights.
—making the news—
From Associated Press Reports
WASHINGTON — Pres. Carter, clearly frustrated by his
failure to win the release of American hostages through
diplomatic and other means, defended his ill-fated rescue
operation Tuesday night as an unavoidable option.
He said it would have been a bigger failure not to have
launched the ill-fated mission in the first place.
"At the time the mission was terminated, we did it with
great regret,” he said in a nationally broadcast news confer
ence — his first since the rescue attempt was canceled late
last week.
"We cannot deal with inhumane people who have no
respect for international law,” Carter said. And yet, he vowed
to keep trying peaceful means to win freedom for the 53
Americans held for nearly six months.
Carter condemned the "desecration” of the bodies of the
Americans killed in the foiled mission.
KEY WEST, Fla. — The ragtag fleet of the "Freedom
Flotilla” found smooth seas Tuesday and immigration of
ficials braced for new waves of refugees reaching the Florida
shores with at least 1,250 boats loading in Cuba.
"We are preparing for what we expect to be a flood . . of
refugee-laden vessels headed for Key West," said Coast
Guard Cmdr. Samuel Dennis at a news briefing.
The first boat to arrive since a weekend storm tied up at
Key West shortly after noon Tuesday with 58 refugees
aboard. By late afternoon, eight boats carrying more than 200
refugees had arrived.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bob Graham visited Key West Tuesday
and criticized the Carter administration’s decision to seize
some refugee boats, calling it "life threatening.”
On Monday, federal Customs agents began stopping
some ships from leaving Key West At least five captains
reported their ships had been seized. All of the boats had
returned to Florida over the weekend with large numbers of
refugees.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Behind clouds of tear
gas and swinging truncheons, riot police charged into a
protest rally of 2,000 mixed-race students Tuesday and
arrested 600 of them, witnesses reported.
It was the most violent episode thus far in a two-week-old
nationwide classroom boycott protesting inferior education
for mulattoes, people of mixed white and black descent called
“coloreds” in South Africa.
Prime Minister P.W. Botha, whose white-minority
government blames communists and other agitators for the
colored school boycott, issued a tough new warning.
Colored educators and some whites have called for the
resignation of Colored Relations Minister Marais Steyn for
claiming that outsiders were responsible for the protest.
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