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Open Streets Salt Lake City

Event Information

Salt Lake City's first Open Streets event took place on Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 2:30pm on 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City.

People of all ages enjoyed 1.5 miles of downtown streets opened exclusively to walking, biking, jogging, and other fun family-friendly activities.

Performance Bicycle and the Alliance for Walking and Biking provided a start-up grant to cover initial costs of planning the event. This free event was organized by Bike Utah and Salt Lake City, presented by the Bicycle Transit Center, and supported by Peformance Bicycle, SLUG Magazine, Wells Fargo, Salt Lake Power Yoga and Zac Lazare Graphic Design.

What is an Open Streets event?

Open Streets events temporarily open a series of city streets exclusively to walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and more. These events encourage new people to try walking and bicycling in a comfortable and fun environment. Supporting activities regularly include exercise classes, dance classes, yoga, aerobics, sports, and family-friendly games and activities.

Open Streets events promote community pride, local business, air quality, and physical activity, while encouraging the use of streets as a public space for the community to gather and share. Below are some photos from Open Streets Salt Lake City.


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Where is Open Streets happening in Salt Lake City?

The event will take place on 300 South/Broadway from the Intermodal Hub at 600 West to 200 East, as well as the block on 200 East between 300 South and 400 South, covering a distance of 1.5 miles. Activities will begin at the Rio Grande Depot and continue along the rest of the route.

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The route along 300 South was selected because it:

  • Connects the Intermodal Hub, Pioneer Park, Gallivan Center, and Library Square.
  • Connects with TRAX, Frontrunner, and major bus routes
  • Provides locations for supporting activities
  • Provides an iconic downtown route for the first Open Streets event
  • Connects residential apartment buildings along the route
  • Supports numerous local businesses along the route
  • Download the Open Streets Route Map for a better view of the route.

    What activities will Open Streets include?

    Many activities and events are already planned along the Open Streets route. The LiveGreen Festival will take place at Library Square at one end of the route, with the Tour De Brewtah Start/Finish at Gallivan Center, and a host of activities at Pioneer Park.

    We are looking for help organizing more activities along the rest of the route. Options could include anything from a hula hoop dance class to a stilt race, from spinning classes to yoga sessions, or aerobics to three-legged races and scavenger hunts. In general, this event supports family-friendly physical activities that anyone can enjoy, with a focus on fun and movement.If you have an idea for an activity, please email bikeslc@slcgov.com.

    Volunteering information:

    The success of this event depends on help from many volunteers. Possible duties include leading events and activities, providing maps and other event information, setting up equipment, or assisting people through intersections. Volunteering options are detailed below.

  • Set-up and Vendor Unloading - 10 volunteers needed
  • 7:30 am - 9:45 am
  • Volunteers will to set up barricades, tables, canopies and help vendors locate and set up their booths.
  • Event Intersection Control - 20 volunteers needed each shift
  • 9:45am - 12:15pm OR 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Volunteers will be stationed at one intersection along the Open Streets route to welcome attendees, distribute informational material, help with traffic control, and escort vehicles out of the street.
  • Rover and Event Photographer - 5 volunteers needed each shift
  • 9:45am - 12:15pm OR 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Roving volunteers will take photos, count attendance, assist intersection volunteers, and other duties as needed.
  • Clean up and Vendor Loading - 10 volunteers needed
  • 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Volunteers will help vendors pack up their booths to clear them from the route and help take down barricades, tables, signage, and other festival materials.
  • Additional Volunteer information

  • All positions involve standing or walking for most of the shift.
  • Training, orientation, and materials will be provided prior to the shift, no experience necessary.
  • Bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen or a sunhat.
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This project is great for groups!
  • RSVP required, sign up today!

    For more information about volunteering, please contact Salt Lake City's Volunteer Coordinator, Savannah Wake at Savannah.Wake@slcgov.com.

    What are the benefits of Open Streets?

    Open Streets events have been shown to attract new people to walking and bicycling, while also benefitting local business and community involvement. In a 2011 survey at a St. Louis Open Streets event:

  • 99% of respondents agreed that Open Streets is an event that welcomes everyone.
  • 100% agreed that Open Streets strengthens their community.
  • 97% felt very safe at the Open Streets event.
  • 94% said that Open Streets improved how they felt about the city.
  • Check out the Open Streets Project website for more information.

    How do I get to Open Streets?

    To ride your bike to Open Streets, plan your route using the Salt Lake City Bikeways Map. Or, take the bus, TRAX, or Frontrunner downtown: UTA's Trip Planner can help plan your trip on rail or bus.

    How will Open Streets affect my business?

    www.pedbikeimages.org/Dan Burden
    Open Streets events have supported local businesses by bringing an influx of foot traffic to shops and restaurants adjacent to the route, while also extending storefronts into the street for the day. Supporting local business has become a goal of many Open Streets events in other cities, such as Minneapolis, as described in this article.

    A study by Washington University showed that 73% of Open Streets participants make a purchase at a store or restaurant along the route, with 68% of particpants becoming aware of a restaurant or store that is new to them. With 3,000 or more people attending these events, this can amount to thousands of patrons for local stores, shops, and restaurants.

    Open Streets Salt Lake City will encourage local businesses to get involved in the event by extending storefronts into the street through tables and tents, or offering creative activities to involve event participants. Cities such as Minneapolis and Portland have found that businesses who actively participate in an Open Streets event receive the greatest benefit, both on that day and in future business from customers who walk and bicycle. Local businesses in these places, and many others, now recognize that people arriving by foot or bicycle are becoming their top customers, making more trips and spending more collectively at neighborhood stores and restaurants.

    How will Open Streets affect parking?

    The night before the event, on Friday, the Salt Lake City Police Department will post "No Parking" notices along the route for on-street parking spaces. Residents and businesses will be asked to move vehicles out of on-street parking spaces for the next day. The next morning, at 8am, the Transportation Division and Police Department will move any vehicles still parked in the street; vehicles will be towed a short distance to a nearby parking space on an adjacent street, off the Open Streets Route. On-street parking will be available again by 4pm that evening, following the event.

    Major parking garages along the route will maintain access during the event, aided by traffic control provided by the Salt Lake City Police Department. Residents can enter or exit parking lots when escorted by an event volunteer. However, it is recommended that residents and businesses plan to avoid driving on the Open Streets route during the 4.5 hours of the event, from 10am to 2:30pm.

    Who is organizing Open Streets in Salt Lake City?

    Open Streets is a joint effort by Bike Utah, the statewide bicycle advocacy organization for Utah, the Salt Lake City Transportation Division, the Salt Lake City Special Events Office, and tireless citizen volunteers. Bike Utah is working with community partners to organize sponsorships, outreach, volunteers, and supporting activities. Salt Lake City Special Events Office is facilitating route planning, logistics, permitting, and coordination of barricades and traffic control at intersections. Volunteers are donating their time to help in all aspects of organizing and carrying out the event.

    What does an Open Streets event look like?

    Each Open Streets event reflects the character of it's community. Below are some videos from other Open Streets events.

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    For more information about Open Streets Events in other places:

    Check out the Open Streets Project website.

    For more information about Open Streets in Salt Lake City, contact us at: