#PeopleFirst Closing streets for #pedestrians makes cities thrive. #UrbanPlanning

#PeopleFirst Closing streets for #pedestrians makes cities thrive. #UrbanPlanning

In Bogota, Columbia at seven every Sunday morning and on holidays, 70 miles of streets are closed to cars for seven hours. The tradition started in 1976 and includes the setting up of stages in city parks for music and exercises in yoga and aerobics. Later, Mayor Enrique Penalosa helped solidify the taking back of the city by the people by building an ambitious network of bike lanes sperated from automobile traffic. While the open-streets plan in Bogota is only on Sundays for several hours, it is the inspiration and grand-daddy of Open-Streets in over 90 cities in the Americas which have since initiated their own versions of the concept, which aims to foster recreation and healthier living – at least on the days the streets are open only to non-motorized activities. Open-Streets Spread from Columbia to North America Known as ‘ciclovia’ in the Spanish language, literally me...

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