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Webinar: Open Streets – Streets for People, Sharing Resources, and Transforming Communities
6-8-2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Join Sustainable Pittsburgh, Local Government Academy, and Bike Pittsburgh’s Director of Events, Mike Carroll, for a free webinar on Open Streets, a nationwide initiative to reactivate streets for all modes of travel. Mike will discuss strategies and programming provided by businesses, neighbors, non-profits, and others coming together. Learn how an Open Streets event can reactivate your community, encourage regional and multi-modal transportation connections, and help foster healthier neighborhoods.
Open Streets events temporarily transform streets from places where cars are the dominant mode of transportation to family friendly linear parks. Events remove automobile traffic for 3 to 6 hours and residents are encouraged to bike, walk, run and play in the roadway. To encourage the public to get outside and be active, programming often features dancing, yoga, and a host of additional fun and exciting activities offered by local business owners and organizations. Open Streets serve to increase social interactions, stimulate economic activity by increasing foot traffic, mitigate the negative environmental impacts of vehicle emissions by encouraging walking and biking, and highlight healthy lifestyles.
Pittsburgh is an early adopter and was recognized by USA Today as having one of the top 10 Open Streets Events in the U.S. Pittsburgh’s May 28th Open Streets event, organized by Bike Pittsburgh, set a record for a Pittsburgh Open Streets event drawing an estimated 25,000 participants.
For additional information on how to plan a successful Open Streets you can visit the Healthiest Practice Open Streets website.