Salt Lake City

Downtown Street to Host Festival on Saturday


May 1, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond

Downtown Street to Host Festival on Saturday
SALT LAKE CITY – An eight-block stretch of downtown’s 300 South will become a temporary festival street on Saturday, May 4 for the debut of “Open Streets Salt Lake City,” a free event that will create room to walk, bike and enjoy this public space free from vehicle traffic.

Open Streets Salt Lake City is part of a national movement to temporarily open selected streets as public space for all to enjoy. Salt Lake City’s version will be held from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and will connect a variety of downtown events happening on that day, including the 10th Annual LiveGreen SLC! Festival at Library Square; the Tour de Brewtah at Gallivan Center; and the Utah Archeology Week Open House at the Rio Grande Depot.  Along the Open Streets route, activities will include a bicycle rodeo for kids, Zumba, face painting, free inline skate rentals, dance classes, yoga classes, bike polo, lawn games at Pioneer Park, and much more.

Businesses are a major focus of Open Streets Salt Lake City. Storefronts along the route will extend into the street during the event. Similar events held in other cities across the country have been both a boon to local businesses and a great opportunity for residents and visitors to experience their streets in a much different and more engaging manner.

“Open Streets SLC is a great way to promote wellness and alternative methods of transportation in a local community,” said Mark Kindred, chair of Open Streets Salt Lake City. “Not only are we trying to promote alternative transportation, but we want community and local business to realize the wellness benefits of biking and walking around downtown Salt Lake City.”

Bike Utah, the statewide bicycle advocacy organization, is partnering with Salt Lake City to organize the event, with sponsorship from the Bicycle Transit Center, Performance Bicycle, and Lazare Design.
“By opening the streets in downtown Salt Lake City to bikes and pedestrians, we will be promoting a physically active lifestyle that encourages friends and families to get out and re-think what the city means to them,” said Bike Utah Executive Director Scott Lyttle.

Open Streets Salt Lake City will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4, on 300 South from 600 West to 200 East.
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