Q: What is Open Streets?
A: Open Streets initiatives temporarily close public streets to motorized traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. For one day, or a series of days throughout the year, communities are able to use public streets as creative spaces for community building, art, fitness, and play. Open Streets events happen throughout the US and Canada, and have been organized in several Oregon cities including Portland, Eugene, and Bend.
- Improve the health and wellness of Corvallis residents.
- Encourage walking, biking and other forms of active transportation.
- Have a positive impact on community livability by connecting neighborhoods and neighbors.
- Increase awareness of sustainable transportation options.
- Foster new, creative partnerships that put money back into the local economy.
Q: When is Open Streets Corvallis?
A: The inaugural Open Streets Corvallis event will take place on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm. A mile of neighborhood streets will be closed to automobile traffic and opened to the community for walking, biking, and playing. At either end of the route, activity hubs in public parks will include food, a beer garden, stages and activities. See the event schedule and route here.
Q: What time will the street be closed?
A: The street closure starts at 8 am and lasts until 5 pm. People living in the affected neighborhoods will be given advance notice before and on event day.
Q: I live on the route. Will I be able to get in and out during the street closure?
A: Yes. You can get to and from your home at all times, but we encourage you to limit or postpone trips by car. Volunteers are available to escort you to or from your home. Please drive at walking pace so a volunteer can comfortably accompany you. Drivers must take the first opportunity to turn off of the route. Thank you for keeping participants safe!
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Since this is a family friendly event and not everyone is comfortable around animals, we discourage you from bringing them. Franklin Square is already a designated no dogs park, even on leash.
Q: Will there be food or alcohol at the event?
A: Food and beverages are available for purchase in the parks, including alcohol. Please have your ID ready!
Q: Will there be bus service near the event route?
A: Corvallis Transit System is running regular routes as scheduled. Check out the map and schedule. On August 21 – the day of the eclipse – Corvallis is running a special eclipse shuttle. Consider renting a Pedal Corvallis bikeshare bike, joining a bike caravan, or taking a shuttle. Peak Sports also has bicycles for rent.
Q: Where can I park?
A: We encourage everyone to bike, walk , skate, or take a shuttle to the event. Otherwise, you may park on streets where parking is allowed outside of the route, but be mindful of all “No Parking” and “Residents Only” signs. Limited parking is available at Corvallis High School (access on 16th street from Buchanan or Taylor) , Linus Pauling Middle School (access from 10th street), Garfield School (access from Garfield at 12th street), Franklin School (from 19th street), and outside event route boundaries. Event map can be found here. Parking map here.
Q: What other ways can I get to and from the event?
A: Travel to Open Streets Corvallis by bikeshare! Sign up for a 3-day Pedal Corvallis membership for just $5 at www.zagster.com/pedalcorvallis and see the station map. Open to anyone age 18 and over.
Open Streets is near two bikeshare stations: Highland & Circle at Osborn Aquatic Center and 9th & Spruce at Oregon State Credit Union. Use bikeshare to visit Open Streets from the OSU150 Space Grant Festival or Parks & Recreation Solar Eclipse Event at Willamette Park, too!