Photos by Sarah Arntson of Dakota Medical Foundation
There’s something exhilarating about riding your bike down the middle of an open street. When experiencing streets without motorized vehicles, it makes people think of other ways streets can be utilized to encourage communities to be physically active. Spacious biking paths? Pedestrian plazas? Community events?
Open streets or ciclovías (meaning “cycleway” in Spanish) events originated in Bogotá, Colombia, in the 1970s. It was a way for communities to get people moving in non-motorized ways—such as walking, running, biking, rollerblading and other human-powered movements. Adapting this open-street outlook, Fargo-Moorhead’s annual StreetsAlive is closing down over two miles of city streets on Sunday, August 27, from noon to 5 p.m. to all motorized vehicles. The free event encourages participants to add non-motorized travel into their daily lives and look at their community from a healthier, more active perspective.