Want a party? Kick cars off the street in Oakland
by Jonathan Hiskes.
Shut down a street to autos and sunny revelry instantly breaks out sith lots of happy Californians. OK, maybe not automatically,
but a key appeal of Complete Streets is that human-scaled throughways tend to
be much more social than environments designed for cars.
Streetsfilms makes the case by chronicling the
first-ever Ciclovía day on Oakland, California’s Broadway last week. Ciclovías, my inside sources
at Wikipedia tell me, are walk/bike/stroller/rollerblade/etc routes closed to
autos, often for a day at a time, often featuring music, games, and Thriller
dance lessons (in Oakland, anyway). The idea’s gotten a lot of traction in Bogotá, Colombia.
Here’s ‘Oaklavia,’ with hip-hop, cute kids playing foosball, dance lessons, and carbon-free transportation:
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