Street Projects & Placemaking

Neighborhood Bikeways 

Neighborhood Bikeways can include street features that enhance community livability by blending elements of a safe, multi-modal transportation route with environmentally friendly street treatments, such as bioswales. You can read more about Neighborhood Bikeways in the Corvallis Transportation System Plan overview and library. Potential projects in the TSP inform our decision about where to demonstrate street features that support walkable, bikeable neighborhoods. 

You can experience these street features every year at our festival!

2020 Project

Stay tuned for more information about our demonstration of the proposed 16th/17th Street Neighborhood Bikeway, which is bisected by Porter Park. 

What else You’ll See

Existing rain gardens on Beca show how green street features, such as bioswales, can be used to slow traffic and beautify the street for people walking and biking.

Sharrows indicate to people on bikes that they are on a Neighborhood Bikeway, and remind motorists to share the road.

legacy projects

Open Streets Corvallis features a different neighborhood every year. In these neighborhoods, there is potential to demonstrate a TSP project and temporarily build street features people can explore. Our goal is to leave a legacy project in each neighborhood – inspired by the temporary installation at Open Streets Corvallis.

In 2019, the Southtown Neighborhood Bikeway traveled briefly along Alexander, where Bethel and Thompson are offset. A center left turn bike lane on Alexander helped people on bikes to turn left comfortably and avoid conflicts with drivers. Temporary chalk paint on Alexander defined the bike lane. During the demonstration, there was no on-street parking on either side of Alexander at this span of the road.

In 2018, we reimagined accessibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists at the five-way intersection of Coolidge, 29th & Grant. Our temporary street demonstration was in place for 10 days. On event day, First Alternative Co-op hosted a mini-festival in the street and tiny park adjacent to our installation.

In 2017, 11th Street was chosen as a demonstration site because of its residential character, use as a link between three public schools and Oregon State University, and its proximity to Dixon Creek. As of spring 2019, the design phase for a permanent project is complete. Installation will be completed in fall 2020.

Placemaking is an experience and connection wrapped in a memory.

Placemaking projects are tangible proof that people-power can reinvigorate a shared space to grow a healthy and vibrant community.

Better Block Corvallis is a lending library of things people can borrow for neighborhood activities. Read more about Better Block Corvallis – or request an equipment loan – here.


Open Streets Corvallis is a joint initiative of Corvallis Bicycle Collective and City of Corvallis Active Transportation Program.

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