Open Streets originated in Bogotá, Colombia in the 1970s and really took off in the 1990s. These events started as a way to close city streets to motor traffic and let people on bikes ride safely and easily. They have evolved into community celebrations that include people moving in any way that is non-motorized—walking, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding, dancing—and usually add in classes, booths, food, and activities for kids and adults of all ages. Learn more at peopleforbikes.org.
When we experience our streets without any cars, it shifts our thinking about how those streets could be used. Public seating area? Pedestrian plaza? Roomy bikeway? Arts studio? Learn more at 880Cities.org.
View open streets videos from other cities on our YouTube channel.
Get involved with the upcoming Open Streets Asheville event.
Open Street events welcome residents to our largest outdoor spaces – the streets – for spontaneous recreation and simple leisure entertainment. The benefits?
Opening Doors to Health & Wellness
Laugh while you hula hoop, dance, and play games in the street. Wow, what kind of bike is she riding? Belly dancing looks easier than I thought. I feel inspired to reach for better health. So nice to get outside on a gorgeous fall day. When’s the next Open Streets?
Opening New Connections
Unstructured, shared fun builds relationships between business and residents; between diverse groups of neighbors; between organizations.
Opening New Horizons
Newly inspired, what can cooperative groups of individuals, governmental entities and nonprofits achieve for Asheville? Might we recreate the success of an Open Streets on a regular basis? Might this cooperative spirit empower Asheville in other areas, too?
Learn more about getting involved as a sponsor, activity partner or participant.