The Open Streets movement is sweeping the globe and is entering its third year here in Pittsburgh! In its first year, OpenStreetsPGH included the neighborhoods of Downtown, the Strip District and Lawrenceville. Last year it expanded again into the Northside and the West End. And, this year it will include a loop in Uptown and the South Side on Sunday, May 28th!
Haven’t been to an OpenStreetsPGH?
Organized by BikePGH, OpenStreetsPGH is an all-inclusive, family-friendly event, in which a few miles of streets are closed for good, healthy fun. While businesses bring their food and fares to the sidewalks, friends from near and far use the street to walk, run, skate, bike, dance and exercise in a car-free environment! The big idea behind the movement is that opening our local streets up to pedestrians for just a few hours can spark city-transforming change.
The South Side Chamber of Commerce and South Side Smart Streets have made it their mission to bring this fun and exciting event to East Carson Street this year. In 2016, the Memorial Day weekend event drew over 20,000 people to the streets of Lawrenceville. This year, we want them in the South Side to check out our businesses and our historic district, and experience our neighborhood from a whole new perspective.
Closing down East Carson Street for the fun!
East Carson Street will be closed to cars from 4am to 1:30pm, so please be aware that cars may not park on East Carson Street during this time. Unlike other event closures, however, key intersections will remain open to cross East Carson to ensure that people are still able to travel through the neighborhood to work, church, and wherever else they need to be.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the event, you may contact SSSNA and South Side Chamber of Commerce board member, Elizabeth Heidenreich, at SSSmartStreets@gmail.com.
So, save the date – May 28th, 2017 from 9am to 1pm – to bring your running shoes, bicycles, skates, yoga mats, etc. down the hillside for OpenStreetsPGH! If you want to get involved or learn more about the programming, check out the website: http://openstreetspgh.org