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.