Pedalpalooza & Car Free Day
Sunday, September 18 & Thursday, September 22
Join us both days and show your support of car-free transportation!
- This family-friendly event at Riverfront Park focuses on pedal power!
We’re closing down 1st Street between Monroe and Jackson for pedal-powered gizmos, kids’ activities, information booths, games, and more!
- To kick off the festival, the Friends of the Library will host a Pedalpalooza Storytime at the Arts Center Plaza (adjacent to Central Park) at 12:30 pm, followed by a celebratory bike parade down Monroe Avenue to the Pedalpalooza Party at Riverfront Park.
- Delight to the dancing of Fiesta Mexicana, the 4-H Latino dance troupe.
- Tap your toes to the sounds of Gumbo!
Stop by exhibitor booths to see some amazing pedal-powered gizmos and to learn about car-free transportation options in Corvallis:
- Jerry Rooney – Solar and pedal-powered ELF
- Corvallis-Benton County Public Library – Pedal-powered bookmobile, plus bike and helmet decorating
- Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventative Health – Pedal-powered blender and pedal-powered grain mill
- Peak Sports – Trek and Specialized electric assist bikes for festival attendees to try
- Corvallis Bicycle Collective – DIY bike repairs at the “Ask-a-Wrench” booth
- Play It Again Sports – Bike accessories for sale
- Dave Eckert – Pedal for lighting
- Sick Town Derby Dames – Skate planters for sale
- Mid-Valley Bicycle Club – Bike safety lights and locks for purchase at cost
- City of Corvallis Transportation Options Program – Pedal-powered jigsaw and trike
- Corvallis Spring Roll – Pedal-powered carousel
- Blue Sky / 3 Degrees – Model windmills, interactive mazes and word-searches, and solar-powered toys
- First United Methodist Church Natural Step Ministry – Sneaker recycling (bring your old sneakers to donate!) and a Blessing of the Bikes by Rev. Barbara Nixon
- Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Transportation Action Team – Play the Car Free Day game and enter the prize drawing
- 350 Corvallis – Find out what you can do to reduce your travel carbon footprint
- Safe Routes to School – Spin the bike wheel to learn rules of the road and win bike-related prizes
- Seeds for the Sol – Find out how to earn $600 by fighting climate change
- Sparkling Faces Face Art – Face painting and glitter tattoos
- Corvallis Right of Way – Challenge yourself to figure out the legal outcome of traffic quandaries involving cars vs non-motorized users of the road
- Take Charge Corvallis – Ways you can help Corvallis win $5 million
- Corvallis Environmental Center – Face painting
- McWeenie’s – Hot dogs, chips, and soda
- Burnheimer Meat Co – Savory meat dishes & salads featuring produce from Gathering Together Farm
- Francesco’s – Gelato from their cart
- SoupCycle – Sample organic soups delivered by bike, and purchase quarts of soup, salad and fresh-squeezed juices
- Team Dirt – Skills course for kids
7th Annual Car Free Day in Corvallis
Thursday, September 22 — all day
Across the globe, individuals and communities come together on September 22nd for World Car Free Day. It’s a great opportunity for people to leave their cars at home and make use of the abundant transportation options available in our community. Corvallis residents will join their neighbors and people all over the world for a day of biking, walking, and taking the bus.
Participants are invited to start the day by going to one of four locations on their way to work or school. From 7–9 am, each of the following sites will feature fresh breakfast snacks, freebies, prizes, info about transportation options, and bike safety checks:
- Skate Park (SW 2nd & B, under the highway bypass)
- First Alternative Co-op North (2855 NW Grant Avenue at 29th St)
- OSU Lawn at Weatherford Hall (SW 26th & Jefferson)
- Corvallis Transit Center (SW 5th & Monroe)
THANK YOU to our co-sponsors:
City of Corvallis Transportation Options Program, Footwise, City of Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Corvallis-Benton County Library, Safe Routes to School, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Corvallis Spring Roll, First United Methodist Church Natural Step Ministry, OSU Transportation Options Program, Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Market, First Alternative Co-op, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Mid-Valley Bicycle Club, Peak Sports, Play It Again Sports, SoupCycle