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The Register-Guard had the story a few days ago about how the city is going to close off parts of Fifth Avenue and a few other streets to cars from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
That’s because there is going to be a party on the street. It you have a bike, roller skates, feet, whatever. The city invites you to go down there and roam the street. Here’s a map of the route that will be car-free for those four hours:
If you start, say, at Fifth and Pearl, head out Fifth to Blair, make the loop around Third and Adams, then back the other way on Fifth to Washington, around Skinner Butte to High and then back to where you began, the whole circuit is 3.1 miles, according to Google Maps.
Those “motor vehicle access points” marked on the map, by the way, are only for people who live on the route — in case they need to get in or out.
I like that the route passes by the Ninkasi tasting room. My kids will like that there is face painting at Lamb Cottage in Skinner Butte Park. The city is encouraging people who come out to patronize businesses along the route.
There is a a bunch of stuff planned at the “activity areas,” marked on the map — music, free yoga classes, bike drag races (which I will definitely check out). The full schedule is below.
Also, I think the city may be still looking for volunteers to help run this event. If you are a person who likes to give of yourself, go here.
I’m hoping to be there with my kids. I might even have a couple of “Team Crate” Eugene Bicyclist T-shirts to hand out randomly.
UO Pedal Powered Stage
12:00-1:00 Kingdom County (indie folk rock)
1:00-1:30 Alseny Yansane’s Won Tan Nara Drum & Dance Ensemble featuring Ibrahim Sylla
1:30-2:30 Dream Dusters Experience (DJ)
2:30-3:00 Alseny Yansane’s Won Tan Nara Drum & Dance Ensemble featuring Ibrahim Sylla
3:00-4:00 Conjugal Visitors (bluegrass)
In the Park
1:40-2:10 West African Dance Class
12:00-3:00 Bike Safety Rodeo
3:00-3:30 Family Ride
3:00-4:00 Bicycle Drag Races
3:00-4:00 Beginning Hoop Class with Susan B. Stack of Fusion Movement
12:00-4:00 Slacklining brought to you by REI
Campbell Community Center
Noon – 2:00 Riffle (oldies)
2:00-3:00 Line Dancing with a DJ
3:00 – 4:00 DJ Shawn
1:00-2:00 Guided History Walk of East Skinner Butte
1:00-2:00 Free “Strong Bones Strong Body!” Exercise Class
2:00-3:00 Free Yoga
3:00-4:00 Free Tai Chi
12:00-4:00 Adaptive Recreation Bike Fleet demos – Prearranged rentals can pick up their bikes from the Adaptive staff at Campbell. Call 541-682-5311 to arrange for a rental.
Skinner Butte Park
1:00-2:00 Arthritis Fitness class by City of Eugene Aquatics
12:00-4:00 Fun field games and activities for kids, face painting, minute to win it challenges