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Open Streets Report/Photos!
updated: Nov 03, 2013, 6:57 PM
By Robert Bernstein
On Saturday the Open Streets project became our longest public park with over 2.5 miles of Cabrillo Blvd and part of the Funk Zone transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote better health, transportation, land use and FUN!
No cars - no fumes - no traffic, just the open roads filled with walking, biking, skating, moving and doing!
Activities included live bands, yoga mini-classes, hockey, face painting... and a roving T Rex that escaped from the Zoo! The Zoo even opened an entrance directly from the Open Streets.
Here are my photos!
The Open Streets event has an established tradition that began as Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia as a way to get people to re-think the dominance of the automobile in our urban landscape. We take it for granted that cars are everywhere and this is a chance to see that does not have to be the case.
The event has been duplicated in hundreds of cities around the world.
Here is a photo I took at Tucson's "Cyclovia" in 2010.
In Los Angeles "CicLAvia" happens three times a year, opening up streets to humans instead of to cars in different large swathes each time. Santa Barbara organizers are already seeking approval to make this a regular event.
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