Imagine dozens of busy streets around Pittsburgh with no cars on them. Now picture people in the streets doing anything from running and walking to biking and dancing. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not!
This is actually exactly what OpenStreetsPGH is like. And it’s back for another summer of car-free outdoor fun.
We’re stoked because Pittsburgh is one of the now 100 cities in North America participating in the Open Streets Project this year. And what this means for you is that on three Sundays during the summer, some of the city’s busiest streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to people.
Last month, the first event of 2017 was amazing. And now, it’s back for more fun on June 25 and July 30. You can run, walk, bike, roller blade, dance, or move however you like from 9am-1pm. It’s like a dream come true for anyone who has ever had a street hockey game interrupted. “Car!”
Want to do more than just move under your own steam? OpenStreetsPGH hosts free group classes during the Sunday events. So you can practice yoga or even learn to salsa right on the city’s streets.
It’s also a great opportunity to see Pittsburgh in a new way and check out new-to-you neighborhoods. We love popping into local businesses along the routes to refuel.
In May, the OpenStreets route through Uptown and the South Side was so SO cool!
Speaking of routes, OpenStreetsPGH is unveiling a sweet new one for the June event. It’ll take you from the West End through the North Side before ending downtown. You’ll even get to cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which is usually only car-free on Pirates game days.
And for the last event in July, the route will take a classic form, guiding you from Market Square to Lawrenceville.
One thing’s for sure: No matter which route you take, OpenStreets is the perfect place to experience Pittsburgh in a whole new way. We can’t wait to get out there. Now, we just need the weather to cooperate. Fingers crossed!
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