Car Free Day is nearly upon us, so start polishing those shoes and greasing up the bike chains! For those of you not familiar with the event, Car Free Day was founded to help create awareness in the community regarding the impact of automobiles on our environment, as well as to inspire people to explore their car-less transportation options on a more regular basis.
Planned events include group bike rides from local gathering points: Lincoln School, Starker Arts Park, Benton County Fairgrounds, Chintimini Park/Senior Center, Osborn Aquatic Center, Cheldelin Middle School, and Hoover Elementary. Be there around 12:30 p.m., or be square. For those of you that can make it, there will be bike safety checks offered before the ride begins.
From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. there will also be the Car Free Day Festival, located at Riverfront Park. It will feature games, food, and exhibits, with music from Matt Neely’s Vintage Swing Trio and Absolute Harmony. Additionally, there will be a bike swap meet organized by the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, with opportunities to donate, consign, and purchase bikes. The whole thing will climax with a bike parade led by the Derby Dames, starting at Riverfront Park and ending at the Skate Park for a bike polo demonstration at 4 p.m.
For more information or to take the Car Free Day pledge, check out www.sustainablecorvallis.org.
By Johnny Beaver