"Open Streets" as a global movement has grown exponentially in the past ten years. More than 400 cities around the world have developed similar programmes and there is a growing network that shares information, ideas and provides advice. In Latin America, where the concept was born four decades ago, Ciclovias Recreativas is the network convening most initiatives in that part of the world. In North America, the Open Streets Project has taken the lead in linking initiatives and serving as a repository of knowledge and information. There is an annual Summit where Open Streets programmes of all types and from all over the world come together to share their experiences.
The concept is simple and the same in every city, create car-free streets and routes for a number of hours on a regular basis; yet the experience is very unique to each city and ultimately there is not a one-size fits all formula that can be implemented everywhere.
Notwithstanding, a community has grown on social media and today, Cape Town takes the lead in hosting the first tweet chat under the topic "How can we grow #OpenStreets in our cities?"
Join us if you are online and start thinking about the questions we will be addressing:
Q1. What defines "growth"? Is it sustainable financing, policy, length, frequency? Something else?
Q2. What tools do you use to define and measure success?
Q3. How do you scale the benefits of Open Streets to the broader community?
Q4. What policies & agendas can be highlighted and promoted through Open Streets Days (e.g. Cycling)?
Q5. How do you create benefits that go beyond the day itself?