Dream Sessions: Round 1

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It’s only been a few days since our last Switch Open Street Sunday event and already the discussion about where to go next has been taking off. Wednesday June 12th the Planning and Design Centre, Stepping Up and a team of volunteers got together to dream big and envision what the exciting future of Switch could look like. The conversations were engaging and offered some excellent insight into the impact of Switch Open Street Sunday on the community and everyone involved.
But we’re not stopping there. On Wednesday June 19th a second Dream Session will be held to continue the discussion and grow the possibilities of this amazing event. We invite you to attend our second Dream Session, which will be taking place at the JBO Centre, 2103 Gottingen Street in Halifax at 6:30-8:30pm. There is no RSVP required and snacks will be provided.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Check out this Years Switch Open Street Sunday! SwitchPresentation_2013_Slideshow

Switch Dream Session

Why did you come to Switch Open Street Sundays on June 9? (Or why didn’t you come?) Was it for the Recreation, Family Fun, to make a political statement, to bike, jog, people watch, or do you just happen to live on the route?

Last Sunday, as part of HRM Bike Week, a 2km route on the Halifax peninsula was closed to vehicular traffic from 10am to 3pm and open to walkers, runners, bikers, in-line skaters, strollers, and much more.  Inspired by the growing number of successful “open street” type events hosted in cites across the globe, Switch is about promoting healthy and active living, in a fun and festive community-based atmosphere.

Dream Sessions: What’s Possible?
On June 12th and June 19th the Planning and Design Centre, Stepping Up and a team of volunteers will be hosting visioning sessions for the future of Switch Open Street Sundays in HRM.  It’s time to DREAM about all possibilities. In these sessions we will cover the impact of Switch on communities, where we want to go in the future and how we can get there.

Details
Wednesday June 12th
1-3pm
Bloomfield Centre Agricola
Please RSVP info@steppinguphalifax.ca to let us know you are coming!

Wednesday June 19th
630-830pm
JBO Centre, Gottingen St
No RSVP required.

How do I participate?

  • DREAM and participate in a visioning session on either June 12th or June 19th
  • Review and comment on our online Dream form at http://tinyurl.com/DreamSwitch

Remember, Your Streets, Your Vision!

Thanks for Switching

trikes2013’s first Switch: Open Streets event drew the spirit of active living and play. The little chill in the air cooled cyclists and rollerbladers going up and down the route and the dancers who found themselves at North and Agricola, hopping to bohemian tunes. Around 11am, a group of kids riding bicycles and tricycles led the first charge down North Park St.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who came out to support Switch, sponsors, and community partners: Halifax Community Health Board, the Halifax Cycling Coalition, North End Business Association, Breakhouse, and Stepping Up. See you all back on the route this September 8th!

It’s this Sunday

What is the public domain? Streets are often left out of the equation. This Sunday, Switch: Open Streets caps off Bike Week by closing streets to traffic and opening them to cyclists, children, walkers, skaters, DJs, and joggers. The idea is to stop talking about different modes of transportation and the sustainable city and begin imagining it—for one day. Switch lets people move freely and safely through the streets, connecting multiple neighborhoods, fostering physical activity and sense of place and play.

Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: North St. and Agricola (start) – North Park Street – Ahern Avenue – Bell Road – Victoria Park (end)

Open Streets are gaining momentum in other cities around the world. Last week, Atlanta held Streets Alive!, Cape Town held an inaugural Open Streets, and after six years of Open Streets Portland, the initiative is finally being written into the city budget as an ongoing event. The hope for Switch is to gain similar status: an initiative that gains ongoing status and support from the city.