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Mark Your Calendar! Fall Open Streets 2024#

Open Streets

Fort Collins will be celebrating its 9th year of Open Streets!

Where: Shields St. from Mountain Ave. to Lake St. 

When: Sunday, September 15, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE for participants! Participants will have the opportunity to listen to free, live music, engage in free, participatory arts and culture activities, enjoy our Wellness Hub with a workout by a local fitness provider every hour, and connect with local organizations and businesses that each host free activities. We will have Food Trucks and dessert all along the route! 

What happened at Open Streets 2023?#

Cabinet Mural Painting

Art in Public Places Transformer Cabinet Mural Project with artist Joe Motive – who will be painting a transformer cabinet mural at 4101 Manhattan Ave. (East side of Troutman Park at Starling St.) "Flight of the Jellies" (pictured)

Music Line-up:
10:00a.m.- Quetzalcoatl Aztec Dance Fusion
11:00a.m..- Back to the Mountain
12:00p.m.- Walraven
12:00p.m.- The Deadend Dixie Band at Manhattan Ave/Troutman Pkwy intersection
1:00p.m.- Wes Watkins Band
2:00p.m.- Veronica May

Wellness Hub:
10:00a.m.- Tai Chi
11:00a.m..- Yoga with Yoga Pod
12:00p.m.- HIIT Class with Dr. Sonja Gedde- RAC
1:00p.m.- FoCo Salsa
2:00p.m.- Line Dancing with Brandon Rockers

Chat with a Council Member:
Horsetooth/Manhattan Ave- Hub #1
11:00-1:00 p.m. - District2/Pignataro
12:00-1:30 p.m. - District4/Peel
1:30-2:30 p.m. - District3/Canonico

Enjoy additional activities like; Music petting zoo with School of Rock, "Touch a Truck" and a misting tent with Poudre Fire Authority, Interactive booth simulating life experiences living with disabilities by Awesome in Action, helmet decorating with Bike Fort Collins, Skating footwork with FoCo Roller Derby, Bubbles, Free Myofascial work and Kinesiology Taping with Adapt Sports Therapy, Chalk the Block, doggie ice cream with Poudre Pet and Feed and more!

About Open Streets#

At Open Streets, participants can expect 1-2 miles of car-free, family-friendly streets. Participants are encouraged to Ride the Route and explore areas called “Activity Hubs”- temporary clusters of activity provided by local businesses and organizations. Open Streets routes are generally considered walkable and bikeable, and include attractive neighborhood elements such as parks and other key destinations like churches, schools, and commercial centers.  

Open Streets events aim to show participants that travelling by bike, foot, scooter, and other active, car-free transportation modes can be comfortable, easy, and a healthy alternative to driving. Activity Hubs are strategically located throughout the event route to encourage movement along the entire route, although participants can also visit only a portion of the route for a fun-filled, relaxed experience. Each Hub is unique: they could include live music, local food trucks, health- and wellness-inspired activities, and participant-made art! The possibilities are endless at Open Streets. 

Open Streets Goals#

  • Highlight walkable and bikeable routes by creating temporary, car-free streets for the community walk, roll, and bike along. 
  • Encourage future active transportation among participants along Open Streets routes after the event concludes. 
  • Feature local businesses and organizations that support active transportation, health, wellness, and community well-being. Create opportunities to connect participants with these organizations. 
  • Foster social capital by connecting neighbors with one another during the event and beyond.

Live Along the Route?#

Live Along the Route?

Do you live along an Open Street event route? Check out this important information below.

  • We encourage residents to park in driveways or on side streets to keep the event route clear for participants. 
  • You will be able to access your residence, including by car, throughout the entire event. 
  • Emergency and delivery service will be allowed. 
  • Volunteers will help escort you to and from your residence. Please follow them and their directions to ensure a safe environment for you and event participants. 
  • Police will be on-site for the duration of the event.
  • Recommended detour routes will be in place. You will receive information on these recommended detours in the mail before the event. Generally, you're advised to enter and exit the event route from the side street closest to your residence. 

    Detour Routes for Residents

Work Along the Route?#

If you work or own a business along an Open Streets route, here is some important information.

  • We will work closely with you to provide the best possible access for staff and customers, especially if your business entrance is located on the event route. 
  • In some cases, we will establish and sign detour routes for your customers to safely access your establishment. In limited cases, we will allow volunteers to escort your customers directly to your business. 
  • Get involved! We invite you to get creative and join the Open Streets fun. We offer discounted rates for businesses located directly on the event route if you're interested in hosting a tent and free activity like other event vendors. 
    • We also encourage you to provide event discounts and promotions to encourage foot traffic during the event. 
  • We will avoid staging Activity Hubs in front of your business.

Open Streets, Healthy Streets#

Open Streets Logo

Open Streets initiatives have gained popularity across North America over the past decade. In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic has made public engagement a challenge, many communities have adapted their Open Streets initiatives to serve as places for people to recreate safely while decreasing traffic and increasing opportunities for physical distancing. 

Exercise and social connection remain important activities during these challenging times. Exercise and social connections can increase one's physical and mental health and in turn work to help improve the community's health and resiliency. 

Learn more about our Open Streets plans below on this page, and learn more about national Open Streets initiatives by clicking the button below.

National Open Streets initiative

What happens at Open Streets?#

Open Streets Videos

Interested in what happens at Open Streets? Watch our promotional video from 2018, one of our best Open Streets events yet!

You won't want to miss this great event to ring in the summer! Enjoy food trucks, live music, local artists, businesses and organizations. You can also watch our 2017 promotional video.

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