Monday, August 26, 2013

Open Streets Promote Healthy Communities

By Rhetta McIff

Around the world cities have temporarily closed their streets to cars and opened them to residents to promote activity up and down the streets - by bike, by skateboard, on foot - however they pleased. The tradition is called CiclovĂ­a and it has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon. 

CiclovĂ­as (Open Streets) are the perfect opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride. That's why we are partnering with Bike Utah in hosting the second Utah Open Streets event here in Taylorsville. By shutting down traffic for part of a day on a major thoroughfare like 2700 West, residents can gather to get some exercise (walk, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, jog), participate in spontaneous activities (slack lining, African drums, badminton), and interact as a community. 

The Taylorsville Open Streets event will be held Saturday, September 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along 2700 West. Activities will start near City Hall and Taylorsville Fire Station #118 going north to the Taylorsville Rec Center and Library.  Ride your bike, bring scooters, try a new game, play soccer in the street, do chalk art showing what a healthy community looks like, and dance to the music. Having fun is only part of the event…building a healthy community is our goal! 

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