Since 2007 the annual global event, Jane’s Walk, has celebrated the life and thought of urban activist Jane Jacobs by promoting community-led walking tours in cities around the world. For the third year in a row, Eugene will join the list of cities participating in the Jane’s Walk global festival.
Worldwide, community members will lead over 600 walking tours over the course of one weekend, May 4th – 6th. Walk leaders will share personal accounts of how they see the use of public space, the historical narratives that have influenced their neighborhoods and the current trends that are shaping their cities.
Tours planned in Eugene
- May 4
- 1 p.m.: Trees of the University of Oregon, led by Jane Brubaker and Aaron Olsen
Meet at the University of Oregon EMU Amphitheater, at the intersection of 13th & University Street
- 2 p.m.: People’s Urbanism at the UO: the Oregon Experiment and Campus Planning, led by Greg Bryant
Meet at the University of Oregon EMU Amphitheater, right after the Trees tours
- 4 p.m.: Basics of Bike Share (and Brews), led by Shane MacRhodes
Meet at City of Eugene Public Works, 99 E Broadway, Suite 400 Lyle Room
Registration is required
- 5:30 p.m.: Lane Arts Council’s First Friday Art Walk, led by Ada Weeks
Meet at the New Zone Gallery, 220 W 8th Ave
- May 5
- 11 a.m.: Eugene: Farmer’s Union to Dragon Mural, led by Tyler Burgess
Meet at Down to Earth Home, Garden and Gift, 532 Olive Street
- May 6
- 11 a.m.: Amazon Mile Walking Tour, led by Heather Sielicki
Meet at Hilyard Community Center
These free, locally organized and citizen-led walking (and riding!) tours bring people together to explore, and talk about their neighborhoods and our city. Participants will have the opportunity to celebrate what makes these places great, learn something new about Eugene and talk about ways to protect and enhance our unique community. The event is an expression of our community’s shared values of civic engagement, connected communities, and healthy, walkable neighborhoods.
Anyone can attend a Jane’s Walk and all tours are free of charge.