Open Streets Corvallis features a different neighborhood route and demonstration project each year. The goal of the demonstration project is to build temporary features that re-imagine our streets as places where people want to walk, bike and play. Many of the demonstration projects are based on potential future projects included in the City of Corvallis Transportation System Plan (TSP) and Active Transportation Toolkit.
Neighborhood Bikeways are low volume, local streets that are comfortable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. The Neighborhood Bikeway design standards outline improvements that would slow vehicles down and encourage new cyclists. Open Streets routes usually run along at least one future Neighborhood Bikeway and the treatments you experience along the route are a snapshot of what could exist here in the future.
You can experience these street features every year at our festival!
Open Streets 2022 – Arnold Park to Chintimini Park
In 2022, Neighborhood Bikeway features were showcased along portions of Lincoln Avenue and Coolidge Way. Three chicanes extended the curb in an alternating pattern that visually narrowed the street, encouraging lower vehicle speeds along Lincoln. A traffic island shortened the travel distance and provided a refuge for those crossing the six-way intersection of Coolidge Way, Lincoln Avenue and 26th Street. The demonstration stayed up for two weeks after the event.
Open Streets 2019 – Southtown
In 2019, the Southtown Neighborhood Bikeway traveled briefly along Alexander Avenue, where Bethel Street and Thompson Street 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 was used on Alexander to define the bike lane. During the demonstration, there was no on-street parking along this stretch Alexander Avenue.
Open Streets 2018 – Cloverland Park to Harding Center
In 2018, Open Streets re-imagined accessibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists at the five-way intersection of Coolidge, 29th & Grant. A 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 the installation.
Open Streets 2017 – Garfield Park to Franklin Square Park
In 2017, 11th Street was chosen as a demonstration site because of its residential character, connections to three public schools and Oregon State University, and proximity to Dixon Creek. The Open Streets demonstration included temporary bulb-outs at the intersection of 11th Street and Buchanan Avenue designed to reduce crossing distance and slow vehicles making right turns. In summer 2020, the intersection received a permanent redesign, based on the demonstration project. Additional improvements are planned for the 11th Street corridor during the summer of 2022.
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.