On Sunday, September 13th from 10:00 to 3:00, more than two miles of streets in the Old North End will be closed to cars and opened to people.
Building on the incredible success of the inaugural event in 2014, the City of Burlington, along with Local Motion, VHB, Stagecoach Digital and other sponsors are teaming up for the second coming of Open Streets BTV! Last year, Open Streets BTV inspired more than 2,000 participants, 20 healthy and fun activities, and 100 volunteers to come to Burlington's Old North End neighborhood to celebrate one of our city's largest public spaces -- our streets!
Read on for a rundown of how it’ll work this year and ways to get involved!
Q: What is Open Streets BTV?
A: At Open Streets BTV residents and visitors will have an opportunity to mingle, play, and shop, all while promoting healthy living and active transportation. People ages 8 to 80 and beyond, will have the chance to travel on miles of neighborhood streets in a safe, car-free environment, enjoying fun and healthy activities along the way.
Open Streets BTV is inspired by the South American “Ciclovia” (pronounced see-cloh-vee-ah), which originated in Bogota, Colombia in 1976. The Open Streets movement has grown in recent years, with initiatives currently taking place in more than 100 U.S. cities. For an inspiring look at how Open Streets works and what it does for communities, check out this Streetfilms video, The Rise of Open Streets.