Switch Open Streets Sundays involves a number of partners and volunteers from the community. The first event took place in 2012 with the hope it would become a regular event as it has in other communities around the world. For example in Bogotá, Columbia, 30% of the population now participates every Sunday on more than 100 km of city streets.
Featuring an interconnected network of streets and trails, Switch Open Streets Sundays is about opening streets to a greater variety of transportation methods so pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists and inline skaters can get to their destinations in safe and healthy ways.
How does Switch support Thrive?
Switch provides public health benefits by creating opportunities for people to use active transportation such as walking and cycling. Like the Skating Oval on the Halifax Common, which has been embraced by citizens of Halifax, Open Streets is another example of a community working to change our environment. It costs nothing, and allows people to be physically active and connect with others in their community.