OpenStreetsPGH Gets Pittsburgh Moving
OpenStreetsPGH returns on May 31 with a sole goal in mind: to get people up and moving.
Inspired by an event called Ciclovia, which originated in Bogota, Columbia, OpenStreetsPGH organizers will close off three-and-a-half miles of road to let the public see the city from a new perspective. This year’s route takes participants from Market Square through the Strip District and ends at the Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville, which takes around an hour to walk and an average of 7,000 steps.
Into its second year, OpenStreetsPGH looks to advance the Pittsburgh region’s reputation as a green leader and promote a healthy lifestyle for its residents. The event encourages participants to walk, run, dance, skate, bike and shop along the route. BikePGH will manage several program hubs, at which participants may experience free classes such as zumba, yoga, cycling and a variety of children’s activities. Last year’s preview of OpenStreets, which occurred on a shorter route down 6th Ave., had over 4,000 people in attendance. Many participants decorated their bikes and even created special costumes for the event.
Not ready to start dancing in the streets? OpenStreetsPGH offers other ways to get involved. Take the opportunity to go shopping and discover some local restaurants and businesses through impromptu sidewalk displays and food samples set up along the route, or set up a chair and watch people go by. Organizers are also offering volunteers two tickets to an upcoming Pirates game who donate four hours of their time to an OpenStreets event!
OpenStreetsPGH will be open to the public and is set for three dates throughout the summer: Sunday, May 31; Sunday, June 28; and Sunday, July 26, from 8AM to noon each day.
Looking to participate, volunteer or sponsor? Check out OpenStreetsPGH’s website for more information and to sign up for updates.