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|About||STL OPEN STREETS MISSION: To actively connect STL residents to public space. STL Open Streets promotes active transportation, healthy living, & increased neighborhood interaction & civic engagement|
WHAT: Streets become public plazas for the day - better connecting people to their City in parks, business districts, to community resources, while strengthening neighborhood interaction & promoting active transportation.
Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use the street for nearly any activity - except driving. Residents are free to roam about the street, participating in planned exercise stations (yoga, dancing, hop-scotch, pick-up games, etc.) as well as travel the route, connecting between destinations walking or biking.
These events demonstrate the important role public space plays within a community, as well as create a vision for what a stronger, more vibrant neighborhood can look like if we more effectively use our public space. Additionally, by promoting safe places for activity and interaction, Open Streets events help promote civic engagement and enhance social capital.
cover photo credit Paul Sableman (www.flickr.com/photos/pasa)