Open Streets is returning August 2022!

It’s up to all of us to think about how we can re-imagine our streets to accommodate healthy activity during this time of social distancing. We’ll stay active online and in our neighborhood. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Stay tuned for more details. See you in 2022.

Making a Positive Impact

The Open Streets Ethnographic Field School

Learn about ethnographic methods in an applied research context: collect data, analyze it, and provide feedback to program stakeholders. Data will be collected on event day, August 16. The field school will be taught by Dr. Ricardo B. Contreras as a Summer 1 course under ANTH 460/560, for 6 credits. Details here.

Better Block Corvallis

A lending library of things people can borrow for neighborhood activities and events. Pieces require assembly, but that’s the point: you are imagining a space and making a place where people want to gather. 

The Open Streets Classroom

A University-Community Partnership for the Public Good. Our free February 27 forum will create tangible university-community collaborations for our August event. The keynote speaker is Dr. Adonia Lugo, a mobility justice advocate and anthropologist. Registration and more details here.

2020 Route

Schedule in the works!

Sponsors sign up to host an activity in a park or in the street.
If you live on the route, surprise us with something fun in your front yard or in the street in front of your home. Neighbors who would like to give us a heads up can sign up, too.

Need ideas? Check out some of our own or visit our photo gallery from past events. Pinterest is a great source, too.

The Open Streets Classroom:

A University-Community Partnership for the Public Good
Keynote: Dr. Adonia Lugo

Participants worked in small teams around the following topics:
Neighborhood engagement
Engineering and design
Inclusion and representation
Peace literacy and civil discourse

More than What One Can See: Sustaining the Street Life Observed through Ethnography
In this talk, Dr. Lugo will share her trajectory that started with bringing a ciclovía to Los Angeles and led her to help form the field of mobility justice. She traveled to Bogotá, Colombia in 2008 to conduct ethnographic fieldwork about the ciclovía, the basis for the international concept of open streets. On returning to Los Angeles, she co-created CicLAvia, which grafted the Colombian idea onto L.A. streets. Over the course of her ongoing fieldwork, Adonia found that the fluidity of public space she observed through ethnography was frozen not just by street design, but also by structural inequality tied to race, class, and gender. Applying these findings, she became an advocate for diversifying sustainable streets movements.

Cultural anthropologist Dr. Adonia E. Lugo started learning about “human infrastructure” (the need for diverse social networks to promote sustainable cultural transformation) through studying bicycle advocacy. In 2016, she co-created The Untokening as a core organizer. Adonia chairs the the Urban Sustainability department at Antioch University Los Angeles, supports People for Mobility Justice as an advisory board co-chair, and consults with Pueblo Planning. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance, was published in 2018.

What People Say

I LOVE this event! I love that it’s low-key and free and a manageable length and that it moves around each year. I love the community it encourages!


The open street events are so important for community interactions and people getting to meet each other. 



Beyond a One-Day Event

Be a Volunteer

Volunteers make Open Streets Corvallis possible! Short shifts, camaraderie, and plenty of time to explore the event, too.
We appreciate your commitment to the community!