Pedestrians, bikers, families take to Open Streets 704

The rain cleared in time for hundreds of Charlotteans to take to the streets Sunday, participating in the city’s first Open Streets 704 event.

Three miles of streets winding from uptown through NoDa were closed to vehicle traffic for four hours Sunday afternoon, allowing kids to play and bikers to zoom across the asphalt. Charlotte’s event was organized through a partnership of the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the city of Charlotte and the Knight Foundation, as well as others.

There are regular Open Streets festivals held regularly in more than 100 cities, organizers said.

In Charlotte, the goal went beyond making it easier for people to bike and walk for one weekend. David “DC” Lucchesi, a member of the organizing team, said Open Streets 704 is about “changing perspective and seeing the street as a connector rather than a divider.”

Ely Portillo

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