For Immediate Release: June 25, 2013
Minneapolis to Host First National Open Streets Training
Streets close while communities walk, jog, bike, dance
Imagine if your local main street were temporarily closed to car traffic to make way for walking, biking and playing. How great would it be to see families biking and walking in normally traffic-clogged streets?
Now is your chance to jump-start Open Streets in your community. The American College of Sports Medicine is teaming up with the Open Streets Project Aug. 9-11 to hold the first-ever National Open Streets Training in Minneapolis.
“Open Streets embodies the principles at the core of the ActivEarth,” said Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., past president of ACSM and leader of the ActivEarth movement. “When people engage in active transit – such as walking or biking to work or school – they get all the health benefits of being physically active. Then, there are the co-benefits to society, starting with reduced health care costs and lower environmental impacts. Open Streets events give people a chance to see how much fun it is to be more active.”
Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile so that people may use them for healthy and fun physical activities like walking, jogging, biking and dancing. The National Open Streets training will help enterprising advocates, local government officials and business groups start their planning processes on the right foot.
The training will discuss the key elements of successful Open Streets, including coalition-building, outreach to key stakeholders, marketing and branding, choosing a successful route and more.
Plus, participants will get a unique chance to explore an Open Streets initiative in action: the training will overlap with Open Streets Minneapolis, and local organizers will be on hand to offer their expertise and answer questions.
Learn more and register »