Cargo bike events to test emergency preparations of cyclists and their families!
A partnership between local public agencies and the University of Oregon is bringing together bike-friendly habits and disaster preparations in a unique way.
The Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) is a cargo bike event to demonstrate the capabilities of bikes in disaster situations on Oct. 17th at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Similar events are also scheduled or have already taken place in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and other cities across the nation.
Registered bike riders and teams will navigate a course through Eugene to designated check points, in order to fulfill the criteria of the trials, with fully loaded bikes on city roads. At each Checkpoint riders will encounter obstacles or complete tasks to assist response teams, such as a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
During the DRT event, a Resiliency Fair will be held from 11am to 4pm at the start and finish line at Alton Baker Park. Information will be available about emergency preparedness supplies, bikes, resiliency gear and other aspects of sustainable and prepared lifestyles. The Resiliency Fair will also include music, vendors, community booths, family activities, frequent visits from DRT participants and the award ceremony at 4pm.
In addition to the DRT event, a “Fiets of Parenthood” short course is for family cargo bikers and young riders!
The DRT is a fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield’s Safe Routes to School Bicycle Education Program.