Open Streets MTC — a free, public, recreational event — will take place on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Montclair Center. Sponsored by a partnership between Bike&Walk Montclair, the Montclair Center BID, the Montclair Police Dept. Traffic Bureau, and Montclair Township, this traffic-free event will open a mile of downtown streets to all kinds of family-friendly fun: strolling, biking, hula-hooping, yoga, skateboarding, dog-walking, etc., along a route filled with shopping and dining options.
Open Streets is an international initiative that originated in Latin America (as Ciclovia) and now takes place in over 100 cities in North America as well as hundreds worldwide. On September 27th, it’s Montclair debut will transform South Park Street, Church Street and part of Glenridge Avenue into public spaces for play. Participants making their way along the route can enjoy free activities such as dance and exercise classes, live music, art projects, bicycle workshops, and more. Moving, shopping and eating at businesses along the streets will be fun in the re-invented space.
Through the Open Streets MTC event, Bike&Walk Montclair hopes to foster community well- being and active lifestyles.
“Having people interact with public space in this way is new in Montclair. Emphasizing the use of the streets for walking and biking is something Bike&Walk Montclair is passionate about. We hope that this event will illustrate how easy and fun it can be to access dining and retail while leaving the car at home,” said Norma Tassy, Executive Director of Bike&Walk Montclair.
The event takes place in Montclair Center, which this year won the award for being one of three Great American Main Streets.
In coming years, the organizers hope to expand Open Streets MTC to other parts of Montclair, creating a longer car-free route where people can move freely between different parts of town.
For more information on Open Streets events and resources, visit the national clearinghouse website: http://openstreetsproject.org/.