FAQs

What is an Open Streets event?

Open Streets events temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and meeting their neighbors. Open Streets festivals currently take place in more than 100 cities across North America. These events typically are held on Sunday afternoons when traffic volumes are minimal.  Open Streets programs have proven to be successful at achieving goals related to recreation, public health, active transportation – like walking and biking – and community building.

When is Open Streets Columbia?

The next Open Streets Columbia will take place April 22, 2018, with events scheduled from 1p.m to 4p.m. The City of Columbia closes Devine Street to car traffic from King St. to Holly St. (fire station) from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Does it cost anything to participate in Open Streets Columbia?

No!  Open Streets is being funded by sponsorships and in-kind donations from the City of Columbia.

Will Open Streets Columbia affect traffic?

In a word, yes. However, Open Streets Columbia will be held on a Sunday afternoon when traffic volumes are at their lowest. And, by coordinating with the Columbia Police Department and City of Columbia staff as well as SC DOT, we’re working to make the event as successful – and safe – as possible for all.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Our Open Streets Columbia social media channels are open 24/7/365.  Feel free to message us there anytime for the quickest response!

For media inquiries, contact Keith Gosselin at keithgosselin@gmail.com or 803-603-5285.

How can I get involved in Open Streets Columbia?

Open Streets Columbia is for everyone! Young and old can explore Devine Street transformed as a car-free open space with a healthful and community-building atmosphere. If you, your business, or you organization would like to volunteer or participate with Open Streets Columbia in a more formal way, learn more about opportunities to volunteer, or contribute a sponsorship.

How can I spread the word? (updating for 2018 soon!)

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