Open Streets initiatives temporarily close a street to automobile traffic so that people may use the street for just about any activity but driving — walking, bicycling, playing, and meeting neighbors.
Open Streets is more than a festival — it’s a street transformation.
Open Streets Columbia is about:
Sustainable Transportation Opportunities.
Supporting a vision of streets that serve all people, no matter if they are traveling on foot, by bike, by transit, or in cars.
Physical Fitness and Wellness. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.
Civic Pride. Celebrating the unique character of Columbia and the event’s host neighborhoods – Devine Street, Shandon, and Melrose Heights.
Living Streets. Experiencing the street as a vibrant place for community activity and local business.
By hosting its first Open Streets event, Columbia is joining a global movement. The first Open Streets events, called Ciclovías, were held in Bogotá, Columbia to allow cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy and use public spaces allocated for streets. Hundreds of cities have adopted Open Streets, including neighbors in the Southeastern U.S. Events in Atlanta and Charlotte have grown to road closures of miles with thousands of participants.