Open Streets Project

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Open Streets Project

Open Streets Project is a collaboration between the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Street Plans Collaborative. It’s a means of sharing information and best practices for organising similar days in which city centres across North America are temporarily closed to motorised traffic, so they can be used for walking, cycling, jogging, rollerblading, socialising and more. The organisation provides workshops to bike advocacy groups, with route maps, logistics solutions and programming ideas available to aspiring organisers. The goal of the project is to increase the number, size and frequency of such events throughout the continent.

Such days offer a variety of benefits across a broad array of realms. They boost public health awareness, improve air quality and fuel local economies. Above all, they “allow participants to re-imagine their communities as places to walk and bicycle for transportation.” And in doing so, they enable residents to reconnect with their communities,  and the neighbours with whom they share them.