ON BIKE CULTURE IN EUGENE | Fine blogging since 2010 (with periodic long breaks)
It’s time once again for the By-God-Summer-Better-Arrive-Soon Prayer Breakfast. Also known as the June Breakfast at the Bridges.
It happens Friday, June 29. That’s today — assuming you are reading this today.
Go to the “bridge” at 24th and Amazon, on the bike path by the softball fields, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. You will be offered free bagels and coffee and juice and Toby’s tofu pate. There are free bike tune-ups, too. It’s a city-organized event to encourage bike and pedestrian commuters.
The good folks running the event may also hit you up for cash. That’s because they are launching a fundraising campaign for the Sunday Streets event — another event to encourage what is sometimes called “active transportation.” That’s the kind of transportation in which you have to be more active than depressing a gas pedal.
I received two different e-mails about the fundraiser. One said they are trying to raise $25,000. One said $14,000.
Either way, it’s more than I have in my bank account. So I have done what I can. I have donated some Eugene Bicyclist T-shirts to this campaign. The good people at the city of Eugene are using these shirts as bait — much like anchovies or scad.
So if you are lured by the scent of one of these shirts — and donate 50 bucks or more to the Sunday Streets fund — you get one of the shirts!
Can you believe that? This struck us as a rather steep price for a Eugene Bicyclist T-shirt. But do we know? We know very little. Which is why our bank account does not have $14,000 in it.
Anyway, it’s a good cause. Sunday Streets is when they shut to cars a big loop of roads in the city. Bikes and pedestrians then come out and take over. Last year’s event was in the Fifth Street Market-to-Whiteaker neighborhood. This year’s is planned for the south University neighborhood on Sept. 9. They need money to make this a sustainable annual event.
Whatever the overall fundraising goal, the city wants to raise $4,000 of it from people like you. Ordinary people. Average Americans. Regular joes and jills. If those kind of people rode bikes, that is.
Finally, you might be saying: “But, dude. I don’t really want a Eugene Bicyclist T-shirt.”
That’s OK. You can choose, the city tells me, a vintage 2011 Eugene Sunday Streets volunteer t-shirt (limited availability) or a bike map bandana.
So go forth and donate. Eat bagels. Have a nice Friday. Bring your rain gear. It’s June.
By the way, Breakfast at the Bridges will be held the last Friday of every month through September. Others coming up:
Some fine print we always feel bad about if we leave it out: Today’s breakfast is sponsored by Full City Coffee, Toby’s Family Foods, Bagel Sphere and the city of Eugene.