Open Streets Movement Strengthened with Partnership

New York City's Summer Streets program encourages New Yorkers to choose healthy recreation and sustainable transportation. Photo by Tristan Porto.

The Alliance for Biking and Walking is partnering with the Street Plan Collaborative to strengthen the expanding Open Streets movement. Making use of roadways in creative and active ways by closing streets to automobiles and allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, dance, and do yoga is catching on in cities around the world, including the United States. To make sure this trend continues strongly, the Alliance for Biking and Walking and Street Plan Collaborative are releasing a print guide and an open-source website to serve as a one-stop source of information and best practices to cities planning to implement Open Streets projects.

We previously covered open streets events in Washington, D.C., Guadalajara, Mexico, Bogota, Colombia, and Mumbai, India. Most recently we highlighted the very first open streets in Minneapolis, Minn. in our Friday weekly series, TheCityFix Picks.

Titled the “Open Streets Project,” the effort by the two organizations relies on research from the Streets Plan Collaborative, and will result in the aforementioned print guide. The document will feature a comprehensive list of all open streets events in the United States and Canada, and will include over 55 case studies to present the elements that make open streets the successful community building tool that it has proven to be.

The project is an effort to spread the movement farther and wider than it already has. The website, especially, will function as a platform of knowledge, “allowing municipalities and advocacy organizations to share information and resources on their Open Streets initiatives as they evolve and expand,” the project’s press release says. “The published guide and online resource are the first steps in a long-range vision, which will include technical assistance from Alliance staff to accelerate the number of new initiatives and help established efforts to overcome challenges and grow even larger.”

If your city or organization has information to share about an Open Streets initiative in your community, please contact Mike Samuelson, Alliance Member Services and Open Streets Coordinator, at (202) 449-9692 x7 or mike@PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

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