Join the Get There Challenge! Win Prizes!

Image shows Get There Challenge prizes, including gift cards, foldable bike, Hydro Flask, and commuter bag.
Your chance to win is coming! October 3 – 16, 2022.

Are you ready to get active, save gas money, and win awesome prizes?

Join the Get There Challenge, October 3 -16!

Try biking, walking, carpooling, or taking transit to work or for any other trips.

Prizes include:

  • $500 Visa Cash Cards
  • $1,500 toward a custom Bike Friday folding bike
  • Gift cards from:
    • Bo & Vine Burger Bar
    • Kell’s Koffee
    • Columbia Sportswear
    • Bodhi Bakery
    • Fred Meyer
    • The Rio Theatre in Sweet Home
    • One family pack of six tickets to the Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • And many other items!

Earn points by logging transportation options trips and remote work days through the online Get There tool. Unlock a variety of action and skill-building achievements that are worth extra points toward weekly and grand prize drawings.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
If you use this web form to tell a friend about the Get There Challenge by October 4, you’ll be entered into a special early bird bonus raffle for one of six, Hydro Flask bottles.

Get started today!

  1. Create an account in the Get There tool or log in here
  2. Complete achievements from October 3-16
  3. Get entered into weekly and grand prize drawings

Learn more at GetThereOregon.org/Challenge

Get There Oregon is a program of the Oregon Department of Transportation, a 2022 sponsor of Open Streets Corvallis.

Celebrating a Month of Active Travel

Last year, the City of Corvallis Public Works Department asked the community to help find, and develop, the Active Travel Corridor (ATC) network. Together, we identified over 100 ATCs, providing all of Corvallis with “people only” paths helping to shorten trips for those traveling by active modes.

May signifies National Bike Month and this year, we celebrate it again by honoring all of those who walk, ride and roll in and around our city.

With our ATC network identified, the City has produced Corvallis’ first Walking Map to highlight the path network along with other foot-friendly locations. Useful markers such as where Corvallis Transit System (CTS) bus shelters are located, providing an outline of where the routes run and to alert you where to duck under should the weather turn wet. Corvallis Parks and Recreation trail and natural areas network are also called out. These paths invite you to wander the beauty of the City’s nearly 2,000 acres of places to play, explore and roam.

Download the Digital Version by visiting the Corvallis Walking Map website

Physical maps are coming soon! Email josh.capps@corvallisoregon.gov and we’ll let you know when physical maps are available to pick up around town.

Josh Capps is the Active Transportation Program Specialist for the City of Corvallis and a member of the Open Streets Steering Committee.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Data for the Eric. E. Austin Memorial Bypass

The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) has completed two rounds of bicycle and pedestrian counts along the Eric E. Austin Memorial Bypass in South Corvallis and recently released a report documenting the findings. Counts were collected using automated counting equipment which was temporarily installed during each of the two study periods.

The first deployment of the counting equipment spanned eight weeks during cold weather months (November 23, 2020 to January 17, 2021). Following this, counting equipment was returned to the same location for six weeks of data collection during the summer (June 28 to August 8, 2021). The results from the most recent report, which includes seasonal comparisons, can be found on CAMPO’s website HERE.

Despite the fact that the winter weather counts were conducted over an eight week period (56 days) and the summer counts only covered a six week period (42 days), the total number of people walking and riding bikes on the newly installed multi-use path grew significantly during the summer. While a large number of walkers and bikers used the pathway during the winter reporting period (8,669 total) the summer numbers were significantly higher (15,028 total users). On average, 358 people walked, jogged, or rolled along the path each day during the summer reporting period.

The roll-out of this counting equipment is part of a larger effort to inform long-range planning by systematically surveying the number of bicycle and pedestrian trips made at key locations in Adair Village, Corvallis, Philomath and Benton County. The data collected will help transportation planners better understand how pedestrians and cyclists travel throughout the region and can be paired with automobile count data to evaluate mobility across multiple modes of travel. This information can help track usage of bicycle and pedestrian facilities (including changes in use over time) and help evaluate the impacts of infrastructure projects after they are completed.

Counting equipment was purchased with Federal planning funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Look out for the counting equipment in other locations in the future, including our 2022 Open Streets event, happening Sunday, August 14.

As more information is collected, additional data and reports will be available on CAMPO’s website at https://corvallisareampo.org/data-maps/campo-region/.


Steve Dobrinich is a transportation planner for the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and a member of the Open Streets Steering Committee.

The Open Streets Classroom: a University-Community Partnership for the Public Good

Event Date: February 27, 12-4 pm

Location: Corvallis-Benton County Library Meeting Room
645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis

This is a free event where participants will identify ways to build inclusive, walkable, bikeable, and livable neighborhoods. Join us to create community-university collaborations in the context of Open Streets Corvallis. Everyone is welcome! Spanish interpretation and lunch provided. Registration required.

Dr. Adonia Lugo is the Interim Chair of MA in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University. She will discuss mobility justice, her time co-founding CicLAvia, and open streets work being done elsewhere.

We invite you to join us in addressing the following key issues:

  • Neighborhood Engagement – enhancing livability and resiliency by connecting neighbors and neighborhoods
  • Engineering/Design – designing and implementing construction-related demonstration projects
  • Health – designing and implementing physical activity and health initiatives on event day
  • Inclusion/Representation – enhancing participation of all ethnicities and minorities in Open Streets Corvallis 
  • Peace Literacy/Civil Discourse – understanding peace as a set of skills that need learning, practice, and discipline

Anyone interested in university-community partnerships, community-building, and active transportation should attend. This may be of special interest to neighborhoods where Open Streets events have been located in the past and/or will be hosted in the future. Tangible projects, actions, and volunteer/internship opportunities will come from this event.

Thank you to Linn Benton Health Equity AllianceDevNWCorvallis Sustainability CoalitionOregon Sea Grant, and OSU’s Office of Institutional DiversitySchool of Language Culture and Society, and Precollege Programs for making The Open Streets Classroom possible.

Better Bike Lanes

After 40+ years of adding bike lanes to busier roadways throughout Oregon, there’s a push to do more for the safety and comfort of people biking (or skateboarding, scootering, etc.). Two ways of accomplishing this include widening bike lanes and/or adding something to physically separate people rolling along relatively slowly from people in faster moving cars and trucks. 

While cities have been building planter strips next to sidewalks for over a hundred years to improve the safety and comfort of walking, something similar for people biking is relatively new in Oregon. Granted, multi-use paths outside the curb-to-curb roadway have a long history, but these can be less practical as driveway and intersection density increases along roadways within cities. 

But how does a city add better bike lanes? That depends on a host of factors including design standards, roadway characteristics, and funding. In Oregon, a city’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) can provide the framework for allowing these facilities. From there, cities look to organizations such as AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) and NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) for guidance on creating the design standards that best address the needs of their jurisdiction.

Image from People for Bikes.

In Corvallis, the recently completed TSP calls wider bike lanes “buffered bike lanes” and wider bike lanes with a physical barrier “protected bike lanes”. A buffered bike lane would typically be eight feet wide, rather than the current five or six foot width. Two parallel white stripes and other markings between the bike lane and vehicle lane may delineate this buffered space. The exact street markings of a buffered bike lane and characteristics of a protected bike lane will be determined in an upcoming design review process at the Public Works Department. 

While Corvallis is not a member of NACTO, this organization provides some of the most current and accessible guidance for urban bikeway design. Organizations such as The Street Trust and People for Bikes advocate for better bike facilities and laws with projects like the Green Lane Project. The People for Bikes reference guide entitled 14 Ways to Make Bike Lanes Better provides an overview of how other cities have approached the most prominent elements of buffered and protected bike lanes, also called cycle tracks and separated bike lanes. 

At Open Streets, we will demonstrate a center left turn bike lane on Alexander. It will help people on bikes to turn left comfortably and avoid conflicts with drivers. You will see temporary chalk paint on Alexander defining the bike lane, which will be in place from August 14-25. On event day, look for a potential protected bike lane design, too.

In the years ahead, keep an eye out for better bike lanes here in Corvallis and across the state. What’s your favorite better bike lane?