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  • Cathy O’Connor

Closing streets to open up OKC

Encouraging people to use alternative transportation such as biking, walking and public transit has been an active goal of Oklahoma City. The new and expanded sidewalks and trails funded by MAPS 3, the bikewalkokc plan, expanded bus services and the OKC Streetcar are stages in a plan that will make it easier for residents to choose and use sustainable and healthier ways to get around the city.

Another project that has been encouraging more active transportation is Open Streets OKC. Sponsored by The Wellness Now Coalition, the biannual event is this Sunday, April 8, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s Open Streets OKC will prohibit vehicle traffic on a portion of NW 23rd Street between Western to Robinson avenues and a half-mile segment of Walker Avenue to the Paseo Arts District to make it “open” for non-motorized activity. People are invited to walk, bike or skate while they meet local business owners and celebrate the unique charm of a historic Oklahoma City neighborhood.

The street festival was created in 2010 to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Open Streets OKC includes 60 physical activities and 30 local food trucks, many with healthy choices. Music from the iHeart Stage will be located behind the Tower Theatre. More than 40,000 people attend the successful event.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

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