The City of Eugene has launched a $25,000 fundraising campaign to support the 2012 Sunday Streets event. A kick-off for the fundraising campaign will be held at the monthly Breakfast at the Bike Bridges on Friday, July 27, at the Greenway Bike Bridge in the Whiteaker neighborhood (across the river from Valley River Center).
Eugene Sunday Streets is a free community event that will be held on Sunday, September 9, transforming almost three miles of roadway into a car-free venue for an afternoon of fun and physical activity in the streets and adjacent parks of south Eugene. The first Eugene Sunday Streets was held in 2011 and attracted over 2,000 participants and 200 volunteers. In 2012, event organizers are hoping to double that, to 4,000 participants.
“Our goal is to raise $25,000 and to have at least $4,000 of that amount come from individuals or households,” said Lindsay Selser, the City’s Transportation Options coordinator. “This level of individual and household support will allow this event to remain successful and sustainable for years to come.”
Eugene Sunday Streets and other transportation option events such as Breakfast at the Bridges are designed to improve the health of Eugene residents, reduce drive-alone trips by encouraging more biking, walking and transit use, as well as increase neighborhood accessibility and livability, and create economic opportunities for local businesses
To donate to Eugene Sunday Streets, go to www.eugenesundaystreets.org or contact the City of Eugene Transportation Planning Office at 541-501-0390 or by e-mail at SundayStreets@ci.eugene.or.us.