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Bend Open Streets
September 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bend Open Streets is a part of a much larger open streets movement, which has taken place in many cities in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile so that people may use them for healthy and fun physical activities like walking, jogging, biking and dancing. Today, there are more than 100 Open Streets initiatives in the United States and Canada.
Bend Open Streets catalyze vibrant public spaces, active transportation, and good health by opening the city’s largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike and roll to discover active transportation in a safe, car-free environment.
It is not about closing streets to cars – Open Streets is about opening streets and connecting neighborhoods: people riding bicycles, walking, running, seniors, adults, and children, all enjoying healthy physical activities right in their own neighborhoods. It shows off Bend’s active transportation designs to engage and increase effective, efficient, and equitable transportation in our community. Open Streets broadens transportation choices with ongoing municipal and organizational effort to promote and extend the myriad benefits associated with active transportation.
Open Streets is modeled after Bogotá, Colombia’s Ciclovías held every Sunday on 70 miles of streets. The long-term transportation, health and community benefits can’t be overstated. When people discover just how much fun it is to walk, bike, roll, skate, and stroll (again) and how easy it is be physically active during Open Streets, they are choosing to experience “Open Streets Every Day” – walking to the store, riding with their families, playing in the parks – incorporating physical activity into their everyday lives.
The 4 objectives of Bend Open Streets are to promote: Active Transportation, Community Health, Public Space, and Local Businesses.
An Initiative of Commute Options, The City of Bend, and The Bend Park & Recreation District. More information coming soon!