Car-free in Corvallis

Twelve years ago, when my husband and I decided to look for our ideal community, we created a “Top 10 Features” list that included bike-friendly streets and a good bus system. We selected Corvallis as our new hometown, drove across the country, sold our car, and joined the growing numbers of Americans choosing to liveContinue reading “Car-free in Corvallis”

Ciclovías – Inspiration and Beginnings

Open Streets Corvallis is part of a larger movement that finds its origins in the Ciclovías of Bogotá, Colombia. Since the mid 1970s, each Sunday, from 7 am to 2 pm, some of the Bogotá streets close down to motorcycles, cars, buses, and trucks, and open up to people walking, running, skating and biking, amongContinue reading “Ciclovías – Inspiration and Beginnings”

Resilience and Connection, Plus a Bonus French Word

Open Streets 2017 gave me the opportunity to combine two of my favorite things: flânerie and talking to strangers. A flâneur is a person who strolls around in urban environments. And talking to strangers adds a bit of improv to the act of strolling. I’m interested in resilience. There’s a “social ecology” to resilience –Continue reading “Resilience and Connection, Plus a Bonus French Word”

Eyes on the Street: Neighborhood Bikeways

Keep your eyes on the street for another Neighborhood Bikeway demonstration on August 19!  You may have heard these transportation corridors referred to as Bike Boulevards, Green Streets, or Neighborhood Greenways. Regardless of name, the vision for these streets is the same – “quiet”, low speed, low-stress side streets shared with motorists that feel safeContinue reading “Eyes on the Street: Neighborhood Bikeways”