|The full loop on 8th and Broadway in downtown Eugene|
(Map and full schedule via FB)
Perhaps because of funding or volunteer staffing levels, they only held one event this year, however. Previously they had had two events.
It was also shifted to September. Last year's downtown event had been the end of July. One advantage to September is that it was more accessible to UO students than something mid-summer.
But a disadvantage was on full display Sunday: Rain. It rained pretty hard in the morning, and even though it dried out some in the early afternoon, this certainly reduced attendance. (Another band of rain came in around 4pm at the end.)
There was a steady stream of people traveling the route; it was not empty. But it never seemed crowded anywhere either.
In one place car access created an interruption. The Washington/Jefferson couplet is a minor arterial and connects with the ramp system for the I-105 spur, and this was the one place where they did not do a full closure and needed flaggers to let car drivers cross the course. There are crosswalks striped on them, they've even bumped out the curb with striping and four or five wands on each side, and at least theoretically Oregon's crosswalk law is in force. But drivers zoom on Washington and Jefferson and rarely stop for people on foot in the crosswalks.
|Still needed flaggers on Washington and Jefferson Streets|
|WOW Hall at Lincon & 8th: Youth bands and Big Wheel course|
|WOW Hall dedication note, January 14th, 1933|
One block down the street was a bike-go-round, a "bike flanger" they called it.
|Bike rental rebalancing bike|
|One of the many Safe Routes cone drills|
But I continue to wonder if the events are big enough and frequent enough to have a meaningful effect on "hearts and minds." They draw out and serve people who are already persuaded, already inclined to walk and bike, but do they do enough to induce new people to start shifting from car trips? Is there enough novelty for autoists?
Without forms of "the stick" like road pricing and right-priced parking, small "carrots" like this seem all too paltry and impotent to create durable system change. Maybe they add up, but the incrementalism seems so small still.
Eugene Public Art
|An urban-pastoral binary: City's on fire, planting oaks and camas|
Maybe heavy-handed, but at least it's legible
|Front page today|
(note it doesn't show the empty plaza behind the sculpture!)
Using the same course, and immediately prior to the Sunday Streets event, the city held the Eugene Parade.
There were lots of climate marchers bringing energy from the Friday demonstrations.
|One of many climate groups|
|Congressman DeFazio leading his group,|
State Senator Prozanski on bike in back
|Senator Prozanski looping around the DeFazio group|