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Why Do You Have to Close Streets to Cars for an Open Streets Program?

It’s the beginning of 2016 and you’re ready to start planning an Open Streets program in your city with one or two dates (maybe even three or more?)

You’ve planned a route – or at least have one in mind – perhaps you’ve even used our route planning tool.

Now you’re starting to have conversations with key stakeholders, and for the most part, they’re supportive of the concept. (Fist pump!)

And then you receive this question:

“Do you have to close the streets to cars? Why can’t open streets happen on the sidewalks or in parks?”

It’s a funny question but you’d be surprised at how often we’ve heard it. Lucky for you, we’ve also perfected the answer to this question! Better yet, we’ve put it into a video. Check it out below:

To see our answers for more frequently asked questions about Open Streets programs scroll to the bottom of the FAQ page on our Open Streets website.

If you have other questions you’re have a tough time answering don’t hesitate to send us an email. We’d be happy to help you!



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