The reasons for not holding the event this year, are:
Confusion in the community about our agenda, the event, and its purpose
A small group of individuals and Heights businesses publicly and privately coalesced to oppose Streets Alive
This group lobbied against us with our fiscal sponsor, The Hood River Chamber of Commerce and permitting agencies, Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Hood River through the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee
This made it untenable for the event to continue this year
We recognize that change is hard for people. The Streets Alive team has worked with the community and city leaders to create an inclusive event that brings together neighbors. It was an enormous success last year that showed people the vision for safer streets and underscored our city’s goals of supporting more active transportation.
What is an Open Streets event?
Streets Alive softly closes streets to automobile traffic, so that children, young and old, can freely walk, bike, play or share food, music and art with their neighbors.