Toronto’s first OpenStreets event attracted an estimated 25,000 residents for four hours of fun and physical activity on a pair of the city’s most iconic streets. Modelled on similar programs in Bogota, New York and Ottawa, the event saw Bloor and Yonge Streets closed to vehicular traffic and opened to pedestrians, cyclists, roller-bladers and shoppers between 8 am and noon.
Several SvN staff members served on a working group with other volunteer professionals that helped get the program started. Our team worked with City staff, stakeholders, Business Improvement Areas and property owners to assess a series of route options, and then prepared maps for the final application. SvN staff also prepared many of the graphic materials used for stakeholder meetings, fundraising and the website.
“We worked hard to prepare maps and graphics that statisfied the technical requirements of city staff, but also communicated the spirit of the event.” – Clara Romero, SvN Urban Designer
Join us for the second OpenStreetsTO on August 31st from 8 am – noon. For details, vist the OpenStreetsTO website.
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