Open Streets TO will be hitting the streets Sunday for the second year in a row, closing off stretches of Yonge and Bloor to traffic.
“Last year was our pilot year.. we feel like it was really embraced by the city, we had over 45,000 people come out on the two different dates,” says event spokesperson Emily Munroe, “We’re delighted to be able to bring it back to them this year.”
The Open Streets concept invites people to abandon their cars for a day and “view the street in a different way.” The idea is to encourage people to engage in physical activity and healthy recreation.
It’s free to the public, and everything from free smoothies to free dental work is being handed out.
Six activity hubs are located at major intersections, also featuring musical performances, yoga classes, a bike service clinic, a try-it-out DJ booth, and square dancing.
“Open Streets programs are popping up all over North America, all over Canada, in North America alone there are over 100 Open Streets types of programs,” Munroe says, “We want to make sure the program in Toronto is something that grows and continues to be a real legacy in the city of Toronto.”
On Sunday, August 16th, Bloor Street from Spadina Avenue to Parliament Street and along Yonge from Bloor down to Queen will be “open” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A second one is scheduled to happen on Sunday Sept. 6, expanding further west on Bloor to Christie Pits Park.
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