About Open Streets Events
Open Streets events, also referred to as Ciclovía events, are all-inclusive events that turn car-centric streets into recreational “playgrounds” where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can participate in healthy activities that build community and create liveable cities. Whether looking to get in better shape or receive an emotional boost, Open Streets events make people want to go outside without worrying about traffic and pedestrian safety.
Inspiration for Ciclovías gained popularity following the introduction of the concept in Columbia in the 1970s where main streets were closed off for seven hours each Sunday and on public holidays to allow joggers, bicyclists, skaters to exercise on the car-free streets. Other outdoor activities, such as aerobics and yoga, took place simultaneously in city parks. Today, more than 70 miles of Colombian streets are open to non-motorized activities on Sundays and holidays with participation rates that can exceed 1 million. Not only are Open Streets events becoming more popular internationally, this sustainable, healthy trend has caught on in the United States, with more 200 municipal events occurring nationwide.
Check out the photo gallery below from the City's inaugural event.
The Rise of Open Streets
The video below created by Streetfilms provides a great overview of the story behind the open streets movement.<
Benefits of Open Streets Events
Open Streets events offer Fort Lauderdale’s neighbors and visitors a variety of benefits that impact public health and the environmental, economic, and social fabric of a city. Below are a few of the many benefits Open Streets events present.
Public Health Benefits
- Address the decline in physical activity that may result in chronic disease and obesity
- Deliver physical activities to the community and get people moving
- Promote physical activity and fitness within existing urban infrastructures
- Provide a fun reason to get outdoors and be active
- Encourage biking and walking instead of driving
- Encourage use of sustainable modes of transportation (i.e., biking, walking, public transit, etc.)
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality
- Reduce traffic congestion
- Remove cars from the road, offering a positive environmental impact
- Save energy and fuel
- Attract new people to the area
- Generate foot traffic, increase in sales
- Help people discover new stores and restaurants
- Offer new economic opportunities
- Save on healthcare costs
- Create social networks and build community bonds
- Elevate vitality, mobility, and livability of the City
- Give neighbors a sense of street ownership
- Improve quality of life
- Make streets “friendlier” to pedestrians
- Provide an opportunity to explore Fort Lauderdale in a whole new mobile way
- Stimulate family time
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Open Streets and Winterfest Family Fun Day 2014
Updated on June 03, 2019 5:45 PM
The City of Fort Lauderdale hosted the first Open Streets event on November 23, 2014 in partnership with Winterfest Family Fun Day. People of all ages attended to discover, engage, play, and celebrate on E. Las Olas Boulevard. Open Streets events temporarily close streets to vehicles so people have full access to walk, bicycle, dance, play, rollerblade, skateboard, jog, socialize, or enjoy other activities in a safe, car-free environment.