Open Streets

Blog post
December 6, 2015, 1pm PST
The line between being pro-pedestrian versus being anti-car can be hard to distinguish, at times. A new experiment to ban cars from the inner city of Oslo, Norway, however, could reveal more about the distinction.
Erling Fossen
October 13, 2015, 8am PDT
"There is just too much to learn," from open streets events, says Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic Inga Saffron.
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2015, 12pm PDT
The decision to shut down a 4.7-square-mile swath of Philadelphia's Center City on the occasion of the Pope's visit last weekend has converted a lot of new believers to the open streets cause.
Philly Voice
September 30, 2015, 12pm PDT
The vast appeal of the open streets movement was on display in Atlanta last weekend, as the city hosted the Open Streets Summit and its very own event: Atlanta Streets Alive.
Saporta Report
September 28, 2015, 1pm PDT
We call them Open Streets events. In French it's Journée Sans Voiture. On September 27, the world saw a car-free Paris.
Gizmodo
August 5, 2015, 5am PDT
As Open Streets events become more popular and spread to cities all over the world, emerging trends show how to make the most of the opportunity to reclaim streets from cars for a few hours.
Open Streets Project
July 15, 2015, 11am PDT
New York City and San Jose have expanded or added rules that temporarily close some of their streets to automobile traffic. This continues a string of successes for the open streets movement.
Next City
June 2, 2015, 12pm PDT
It was a beautiful weekend to hit the streets of Pittsburgh—and many did, for the Open Streets Pittsburgh event and the debut of Pittsburgh Bike Share.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
December 7, 2014, 7am PST
CicLAvia, the Los Angeles open streets event, heads to South Los Angeles for the first time today. Sahra Sulaiman explains the communities preparedness leading up to this historic event.
Streetsblog LA
Blog post
September 25, 2014, 7am PDT
The second in a series profiling grassroots activism to increase biking among the diverse populations of Los Angeles County. In this installment, Planetizen spoke with Robert Gard, director of communications for CicLAvia.
Maayan Dembo
April 21, 2014, 9am PDT
Maria Saporta reviews the latest Atlanta Streets Alive event, which shuts down streets to vehicle traffic and turns them over to people, held over the past weekend in the historic neighborhood of West End.
SaportaReport
April 10, 2014, 7am PDT
Inspired by the ciclovías of Bogotá, Colombia, open street events are growing in popularity around the world. Here’s a survey of nine events from around the world that close streets to cars and open them up to humans.
Gizmodo
January 12, 2014, 5am PST
A new documentary from Streetfilms explores how open streets events–which repurpose public spaces for people, rather than vehicles–have grown over the past several decades throughout South and North America.
Streetfilms
August 23, 2013, 7am PDT
Slow bicycling groups and events allow people to socialize, exercise, and never worry about being left behind, reports Jennifer Levitz.
The Wall Street Journal
April 23, 2013, 2pm PDT
Sunday saw the sixth incarnation of L.A.'s popular CicLAvia event, which closes long stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to bikes and pedestrians. The latest route, from downtown to the sea, attracted 150,000 people.
The Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2010, 5am PDT
<em>Next American City</em> talks with urban designer Mike Lydon about opening streets to people and closing streets to cars in this second of a two-part conversation.
Next American City
October 16, 2010, 9am PDT
<em>Next American City</em> talks with urban designer and bicycle planner Mike Lydon about cycling, ciclovias, and open streets.
Next American City
Blog post
June 11, 2010, 8pm PDT

Jay McChord is as energetic and passionate a person as you’ll find in America. While many know him as a generational communication consultant, a Lexington, Kentucky City Councilman, or even as a former University of Kentucky “Wildcat” mascot, livable streets advocates should know him as the chief architect of the only statewide ciclovia program in the United States: Kentucky’s (2S) initiative (http://www.2ndsundayky.com/index.htm).

Mike Lydon