This summer’s second Sunday Streets event will be held September 8 in the Bethel neighborhood. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. people are invited to enjoy a 1.5-mile car-free route for walking, cycling, roller skating, wheel chairing or any other form of human-powered transportation.
The Sunday Streets Bethel route on Elmira Road, Archie Street, Wood Avenue, Baxter Street, Hawthorne Avenue, Berntzen Road, Bell Avenue and Louis Street connects activity centers at Petersen Barn Park and Fairfield Elementary School. These activity centers will feature pedal-powered live music, food carts, free soccer clinics, yoga classes, tree walks, hula hooping, and more. The Petersen Barn Activity Center Stage will include musical performances and classes including Neil Bjorklund and His Bodacious Band, the North Eugene Ukulele Orchestra, line dancing, and Steel Wool. Samba Ja, a local Brazilian percussion ensemble, will be performing along the route and Won Tan Nara Drumming and Dance Ensemble and GreyMatter Jugglers will perform at the Fairfield Elementary School activity center.
Volunteers are the key to ensuring that Sunday Streets events are fun, safe, and successful. More than 150 volunteers are needed for each event. There is still a need for more “Intersection Superheroes,” who help direct traffic flow, answer questions, help local residents access their homes, and set up or take down barricades at their designated intersection. There are two shifts available: 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 1:45 to 4:15 p.m. People interested in volunteering can go to www.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer to sign up, or call the Eugene Sunday Streets volunteer coordinator at 541-501-0390.
To print out a free LTD bus pass for the event, go to eugenesundaystreets.org. The web site also includes the schedule for group bike rides, suggested routes to and from the event, and a route map that shows available event parking at Fairfield, Malabon, and Cascade schools.
The City of Eugene holds Sunday Streets events to promote healthy, active lifestyles. With no designated start or finish, the two-way car-free Sunday Streets route can be enjoyed at everyone’s own pace by many different from of healthy, active transportation. The event is designed to get the entire community outside, having fun and enjoying healthy activities in Eugene’s public spaces while showing how easy it is to get around by human-powered transportation..