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The Rise of Open Streets

Streetfilms has been documenting the open streets movement for over seven years, beginning with our landmark film in 2007 on Bogota's Ciclovia, currently the most viewed Streetfilm of all time.

The next year, Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative decided to get an open streets event going in Miami, which led to his research for The Open Streets Project, a joint project with the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

Miami wasn't alone. In 2008, there were new open streets events in more than a dozen cities, including San Francisco, Portland and New York. All told, open streets events have increased tenfold since 2006.

"The Rise of Open Streets" examines the open streets movement from myriad perspectives -- how it began, how events are run, how they shape people's perceptions of their streets, and how creating car-free space, even temporarily, benefits people's lives. And it looks not only at big cities like Los Angeles, but smaller ones like Fargo, Berkeley, and Lexington.

We've interviewed some of the most important people in the movement, including former NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and former Chicago DOT Commissioner Gabe Klein, as well as former Bogota Parks Commissioner Gil Penalosa and Enrique Jacoby, from the Pan American Health Organization.

We were proud to partner with The Street Plans Collaborative and the Alliance for Biking & Walking to produce this film, which we hope will encourage even more open streets events throughout the world. Funding for "The Rise of Open Streets" was graciously provided by the Fund for the Environment & Urban Life.

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  • Cantor Ben Kintisch

    Daddy: Dalia, what did you think of the movie?
    Dalia: Good and cute!
    Daddy: What did you see in the movie?
    Dalia: Trikes and bikes!

  • http://transitized.com/ Shaun Jacobsen

    I like the short shot of the "Street closed" sign. Not really! It's open to everyone!

  • SharonZR

    It's not about the bike, it's about the people and community.

  • http://streets-united.com/ Entertainment_Agency

    Mountain bike trial riders perform moves as if their bikes were an
    extension of their bodies. Mountain bike trial riding entertainers
    perform shows using a mix of simple props, staging and scaffolding

  • independentthought

    Mike Lydon is a nitwit ... Bogata did it big ... the rest were just playing, credit where it's due ..