Photo by Emily Walley
By Ngani Ndimbie, Bike Pittsburgh

What if you could close down a few city streets, and use it for a few hours of good, healthy, family fun? Well, you’d have OpenStreetsPGH.

On Sunday, July 31st OpenStreetsPGH is coming to the Northside! OpenStreetsPGH is an event series organized by Bike Pittsburgh and presented by Highmark Inc. and the Colcom Foundation that connects neighborhoods by creating temporarily car-free spaces to where people can be active. Local businesses are encouraged to take over the sidewalks while everyone can freely enjoy the streets. And the idea is catching on in Pittsburgh. 20,000 people attended the May OpenStreetsPGH held on Butler St and Penn Ave and thousands more participated in June.

Get ready to experience familiar Northside streets as never before – free from car traffic. The third and final OpenStreetsPGH event of 2016 will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on July 31st and all are invited to join in the fun reclaim the streets as places to walk, bike, shop, skate, and play at this free event. The 3-mile route will span from Market Square in Downtown, across the Clemente Bridge, over to Western Ave, across the West End Bridge and over to Main Street in the West End.

Three programming hubs will offer twelve free, family-friendly fitness classes like pilates from Physique Rx’d, basketball with the Pittsburgh Bullets, and others like yoga and Zumba provided by the YMCA.

OpenStreetsPGH is inspired by the Open Streets Movement – a global phenomenon promoting healthy outdoor activity and community engagement using city streets. Pittsburgh is one of hundreds of cities worldwide that hold Open Streets events.

The event is free and open to all to participate and enjoy. Don’t miss it! To get involved with OpenStreetsPGH as a volunteer or to promote your local business at the event, visit the website at OpenStreetsPGH.org/getinvolved.

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