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Car Free Support Group – Anybody Interested?

Guest post by Mary Leigh (Marylee) Burke:

I’m 61, retired, and have been car free here in Corvallis for just over 6 months now. I helped lead a discussion group on car free and car lite lifestyles at the recent Transformation Without Apocalypse conference, and we’re doing another one at the library next May.

I think it would be awesome to have a group of like-minded people who get together to talk about this wonderful lifestyle, share ideas and solutions, and support each other in our choices for sustainability in general. My home is available for meetings and my energy is available for organizing it – I just need to see if there’s interest. I’m new to the area, though, so I don’t know a lot of people and live in a family neighborhood where everybody has cars.

So if you’re interested, comment on this post and I’ll say more in the next one.

Online survey on Intersection User Behavior

To all friends who care about bicyclists’ safety, please take the time to fill out this online survey that will help to gain insight on the behaviors of drivers and bicyclists at roadway intersections. This is part of a PhD research conducted at the Civil Engineering Department in Oregon State University.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participants need to be a licensed driver or bicyclist in the US between the age of 18 to 75.

Below is the link for the survey (if the link does not work, please copy and paste the link in a new tab of your web browser). Thank you all!

http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1AgClzBBgqV9DRH

[guest post by Medha Jannat]

A river trip without a car

Lisa and I, Don Boucher, are a car-free couple. This Saturday we took a trip from Corvallis to Albany on our compact, lightweight rafts. The rafts easily fit into a backpack and the paddles collapse. We float to Albany and take the Linn-Benton Loop bus home.
See here for our nature sightings (with photos).

Last year we took 5 days to float from Corvallis to Salem and took the train home. It was one of the best vacations we ever had!

Thanks and another bike ride (Belfountain Road)

Thanks very much for the great bicycle turnout at the 4th of July parade – I love this city!!

This is an invitation for a Belfountain Road ride. Please help us pick a date that works for the most people by filling in this scheduling Doodle.

We’re planning to do a “practice” ride on Belfountain Road between now and the 26th. The ride is in preparation for a number of us who will be bicycling to a 350.org Summer Heat event in Portland on July 26th (we will be ride to Wilsonville on the 26th and then take the WES light rail to Portland).

This Belfountain Road route will be a fun ride – we’d like you to ride with us whether or not you will be joining us on July 26th for the ride to Portland.

Also, feel free to suggest an alternate route to the current Belfountain Road route.  To follow up, contact Leonard Higgens.

Corvallis neighborhood inventory of amenities, walkability, and bikeability

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The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Land Use Action Team has undertaken a project to inventory walkability, bikeability and neighborhood amenities throughout Corvallis. Initially (2010), the project was intended to be educational and thought-provoking: as volunteer residents would walk their streets and pay attention to the built environment and how they thought it made them feel about walking/biking. Continue reading