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Let’s Play in the Streets: Open Streets St. Pete Scheduled for October 9, 2016
Open Streets St. Pete, a pedestrian-friendly celebration that closes the streets of St. Pete to vehicular traffic, is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The event route is from Mirror Lake Drive to Williams Park.
It’s not every day that citizens can experience and explore the streets of St. Petersburg without cars. The event is a celebration of cyclists, pedestrians, runners, skaters, and all forms of people-powered movement. Family-friendly activities will be programmed throughout the day, including fitness classes, bike safety obstacles, music, food, games, and giveaways.
Major sponsors include the City of St. Petersburg, Mayor Rick Kriseman’s Office, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Keep St. Pete Local (KSPL), AARP, St. Pete Bike Co-Op, and Shift St. Pete.
“We are very excited about our sponsors and their commitment to this exciting cause. With the help of our sponsors, a plan for traffic and safety is being created, as well as event programming,” said Jeremiah Rohr, Open Streets St. Pete representative. In conjunction with Open Streets St. Pete, presented by Keep Saint Petersburg Local, #IndieFamFest is a family-friendly and pet-friendly festival which will be held at Williams Park from Noon to 5:00 pm. The event is sponsored by Happy Feet Plus, and will feature a Pet Corner with pet blessing, a pet costume contest, a pet photo booth and more, presented by the Cathedral Church of St. Peter.
Indie FamFest will also include a food truck rally, family and pet-friendly vendors, family-friendly entertainment on the Williams Park bandstand, bike valet, a bike decorating station, and engaging activities for all ages, hosted by local arts and culture organizations.
Open Streets St. Pete celebrates Cyclovia (also known as ciclovía or "open streets"), a popular tradition that began in Bogota, Colombia, where major city streets are temporarily closed and re-purposed into safe and open, car-free environments every Sunday.
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