You can bike downtown, but cars are banned from Sunday Streets

You can bike downtown, but cars are banned from Sunday Streets

EUGENE, Ore. -- The third annual Eugene Sunday Streets brings bikers, boarders and bipeds downtown on Sunday, but the streets are closed to anything but human-powered transportation.

Event coordinator Moorea Strueby said the annual event is a celebration of active transportation.

Even though most things on wheels are welcomed at the event, cars will be barred from the 17-block area downtown between 8th and 10th avenues, stretching from Pearl to Almaden.

Street closures will start at 4 am Sunday and last until 4 pm that afternoon.

Even though the posted Sunday Streets route will be strictly enforced, many people living and working inside the cordoned area said they aren’t concerned by the potential traffic delays.

“Eugene has a lot of parking garages, and I think people kind of have to get used to the idea that having a downtown means having a little bit of sacrifice,” said resident Michelle Nordella, who also works at Townshend's Tea.

General manager of Sizzle Pie, Brian Hebb, says people shouldn't be concerned about parking for things downtown.

“Get on your bike, just walk out of your house and head down here. Parking isn't an issue… we've got plenty of bike racks down here,” said Hebb. 

As for business, Hebb said, “These events are great for us because they just amass a whole bunch of people … any grouping like this, that's positive for downtown on the whole.”

Even though a majority of the one-way grid downtown will be closed off, there are four designated points for cars to cross at Washington, Monroe, Jefferson and Pearl Street (which will be closed to one lane).