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Better Ways Block Party

If you liked Eugene Sunday Streets, you’ll love the

Better Ways Block Party

Come learn about safe, healthy, affordable, and clean ways to travel!

Sunday, May 19, 2024
Farmers Market Pavilion & Plaza
85 East 8th Avenue, Eugene

12:45 – 1 pm
Mini parade with the One More Time Marching Band circling the West Park Block

1 – 5 pm
Transportation exhibits, demonstrations, and activities

Part of May is Bike Month

Venue

Indoors in the Farmers Market Pavilion, outdoors on the Plaza, and across East 8th Avenue to the West Park Block — all closed to motor vehicles to reclaim the feel of Eugene Sunday Streets.

Added bicycle parking will be available on the West Park Block.

General Exhibits

Biking Exhibits

  • City of Eugene Recreation
    Creating transformative experiences that build social connections and enhance the health, happiness, and livability of our community, including providing adaptive bicycles to children, teens, and adults with disabilities
  • Cascadia Mobility / PeaceHealth Rides
    Operating equitable shared and active transportation programs in the Pacific Northwest
  • Shift Community Cycles
    Providing bicycle access and education to our underserved communities
  • Free Bikes 4 Kidz Eugene-Springfield
    Helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need
  • Creswell Bike Mobile Shelters
    Providing the City’s unhoused population safe place to sleep by building Conestoga huts on wheels
  • Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs)
    Promoting and encouraging safely riding bicycles for transportation, health and recreation
  • Climate Revolutions by Bike
    A campaign striving to decrease dependence on fossil fuels by creating a fun and open bike culture and community. Now hosting Quest by Cycle, an eco-adventure game where you pedal your way to sustainability, earn rewards, and transform communities—all while having fun!
  • Eugene Bike Polo
    Playing every Thursday under the Washington-Jefferson Bridge until the slayin’s done or around 10
  • Bike Friday
    A second generation family business born in 1992 from passion to see the world and appreciation for the healthy, low impact beauty of a human on a bike
  • Eugene Electric Bicycles
    Proudly serving all types of cyclists, including new and veteran riders, road and mountain aficionados, and recreation and transportation cyclists
  • Pedego Electric Bikes Eugene
    Producing great electric bikes and putting people first
  • Pedalers Express
    Providing the Eugene-Springfield area with affordable pedal-powered courier and delivery service since 1992

Walking, Rolling & Running Exhibits

Bus, Train & Electric Vehicle Exhibits

Transportation Chats

Chat informally with these local experts in a small group setting:

Kaarin Knudson

1:30 – 1:50 pm
Kaarin Knudson, Better Housing Together
“Connecting Housing and Transportation”

Jameson T. Auten

2:10 – 2:30 pm
Jameson T. Auten, Lane Transit District
“Public Transportation in the 21st Century”

Brodie Hylton

2:50 – 3:10 pm
Brodie HyltonCascadia Mobility / PeaceHealth Rides
“Shared Micromobility and You”

3:30 – 3:50 pm
Melinda Preciado, Ms. Wheelchair Pacific Coast USA
“Getting Around with Disabilities”

Carmel Perez Snyder

4:10 – 4:30 pm
Carmel Perez Snyder, AARP Oregon
“Making Transportation Age-Friendly”

Mobile Exhibits

Circling the West Park Block:

  • The Glory
    A 1,500-pound, four 7’-wheeled, 5-seater, human-powered kinetic sculpture vehicle
  • Emerald City Pedicab
    Fun, safe, and eco-friendly transportation and tours
  • E-Trike
    Hayrides on an electric tricycle with music

Music

All concerts will be performed outdoors on the northeast corner of the Farmers Market Plaza:

One More Time Marching Band

1:00 – 1:30 pm
One More Time Marching Band
A Eugene-area institution since 1986

Meadow Rue

2:15 – 3:15 pm
Meadow Rue
A string band featuring soaring harmonies, rollicking instrumentals, and original songwriting

Samb a Ja

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Samba Ja
Bringing the wild, funky, infectious, and incredibly danceable street music from Salvador, Bahia in Brazil to the streets of Eugene, Oregon

For Kids

Are you a kid — or a kid at heart? Then these activities are for you!

  • The Arc of Lane County
    Striving to improve outcomes for people who experience disabilities by helping them live meaningful lives, be gainfully employed, and recreate in the communities in which they live
  • Poppinfrizzle
    Face and body paint art
  • BEST Coloring Contest
    Ages 5 to 13: Color in the BEST cats at the Block Party for a chance to win a new scooter
  • BEST Scavenger Hunt
    All ages: Transport yourself around, learn, and gather stickers for a reward

Food & Drink

Get something to eat or drink from these local vendors:

A Little Taste from Heaven

A Little Taste from Heaven
Tacos and more by local chef Angel Guerrero

Chaiyo Thai Food Truck

Chaiyo Thai Food Truck
Called the “best Thai food in Eugene” by many happy customers

Justice Shave Ice

Justice Shave Ice
Local Black-owned business, bringing you shave ice made with premium flavors and love

Eugene Tea Festival

Eugene Tea Festival
Developing tea community, promoting tea education and experiences

Media

Help us spread the word!

BWBP Media Release 2024-05-10

Media Release

BWBP Poster

Poster

BWBP Handbills 2x2

Handbill

Thanks

Proudly presented by BEST, AARP Oregon, and the LiveMove student group at the University of Oregon.

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Made possible with generous support by the City of Eugene and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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