Streets for People. Streets for Connection.
The Open Streets program connects residents to their neighborhood's amenities and to one another by providing safe spaces for physically-distanced walking, biking and rolling on city streets. Open Streets are for exercise as well as for traveling to neighborhood restaurants, shops, parks, and more.
With a city growing every year, our roads are becoming more and more crowded. Programs like Open Streets reduce traffic on our roads while lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health.
How It Works
Signage encourages residents to use the Open Streets for walking and biking to nearby shopping centers for their everyday errands and enjoyment. Signs at each end of designated Open Streets discourage all but local motor vehicle traffic from using the street, which creates a safer, slower street environment for residents practicing using active transportation (walking, biking, and rolling) on an everyday basis. Emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles, and garbage/recycling trucks are all still welcome anytime on Open Streets.
Harlow Open Streets: Spring 2021
From April to May, residents in the Harlow neighborhood enjoyed reduced and slower car traffic on the programmed streets. Stretching between two shopping centers, residents along and nearby Open Streets Harlow were encouraged through signage and raffle prizes to use the streets for their everyday errands and enjoyment.
NEW! Roll and Stroll to Win
New this year were prizes for residents who maximized their Open Streets by embarking on a series of travel adventures. Residents explored their neighborhood, picked up take-out and groceries, and showed us how they enjoyed their open streets by texting photos. Each submission was an entry to win.
Residents who live along the Open Streets as well as those on nearby blocks received a postcard in the mail with the details below.
Bethel Open Streets: Summer 2020
The Bethel neighborhood hosted the first Open Streets pilot from August - September in 2020. Held in a neighborhood that mostly does not have sidewalks, but does have a lot of cut-through traffic, Open Streets slowed cars enough for neighbors of all ages to enjoy walking and biking more safely.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to get to my home using my vehicle if I live on an Open Street?
All residents living on Open Streets can access their homes using their vehicles. We ask that you drive especially cautiously and aware as you do so. Please invite any guests you may have to do the same.
Are the streets closed to people performing essential services (emergency vehicles, waste collection, street sweeping, essential construction activities, deliveries, etc.)?
No, people driving to final destinations on Open Streets may access their final destinations. We appreciate all of our essential workers and those providing deliveries from restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies, and everything in between.
Can I park on an Open Street?
If your destination is on an Open Street, you can park your car on it.
Will I be ticketed for driving on an Open Street?
Cars are permitted as long as they are traveling to or from a specific place along them and are moving at a safe speed.
How can I help ensure drivers slow down on my nearby Open Street?
If speeding is an ongoing issue on your Open Street, call/text 541-501-0390 or email us and Open Streets organizers will consider additional traffic control measures.
Will this result in a lot of people gathering on these streets? Is that safe?
Signage on Open Streets encourages physical distancing to keep users safe from COVID-19 transmission. Wearing a mask may also be helpful, particularly if you are not able to keep at least 6' of distance for any reason. As long as everyone keeps walking and rolling through the space, crowds should not be an issue. If you find it is, however, call/text 541-501-0390 or email Open Streets.
Can I nominate my street?
Definitely! You can nominate a street by emailing us here.
Have a question that’s not covered? Want to leave a comment about Open Streets or report an issue?
Call or text 541-501-0390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.