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 weekends when traffic volumes are minimal. The length of the route can vary, with some providing several miles of closure.  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 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a special partnership with the Soda City Market on Main Street. The 1300 and 1400 blocks of Main will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Does it cost anything to participate in Open Streets Columbia?

No!  Open Streets is supported by sponsorships and in-kind donations and is free to the community to participate.

Will Open Streets Columbia affect traffic?

In a word, yes. However, Open Streets Columbia will be held on a Saturday morning when traffic volumes are low. 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?

The Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Facebook page is open 24/7/365. Feel free to message us there anytime for the quickest response!

For other questions or media inquiries, please use the Contact page.

How can I get involved in Open Streets Columbia?

Open Streets Columbia is for everyone! Young and old can explore a Columbia street or neighborhood transformed as a car-free open space with a healthful and community-building atmosphere. If you, your business, or your organization would like to support Open Streets Columbia, learn more about opportunities to host an activity, volunteer, or contribute a sponsorship.

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