It was quite a day on Sunday, September 28, when a 1.5 mile stretch of Blue Hill Avenue was closed to traffic and opened to people–thousands of people! “There were a hundred ways to move,” noted attendee Bill Nigreen, a member of the Conservancy’s Stewardship Council, marveling at the breadth of activities. From bikes and tennis and Double Dutch to music, dance and drumming, the street was alive with people coming together to share in all the event had to offer.
Thank you to all who participated and made this event so inspiring and festive.
What activities can I expect at Circle The City? Circle The City will have a festival-like atmosphere featuring safe, car-free public space to walk, bike, roll and dance. Circle The City activities will include live performances, outdoor fitness, dance and yoga classes, healthy food, bike clinics, children’s activities, roller skating, hula hooping, and countless other opportunities to have fun on the streets and in the parks. Who will benefit? Everyone! Circle The City offers free and fun space for physical activity and community gathering to all residents and visitors to Boston, and creates improved accessibility to parks and open space. Local businesses will also benefit from increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic along commercial corridors. The events provide a model of how cities can provide healthy, environmentally friendly outdoor activities for their residents while boosting the local economy. Why Open Streets in Boston? Circle The City:
- Builds community and supports local business.
- Re-imagines the city street as a place for people.
- Promotes safe physical activity and healthy lifestyles for all.
- Gets people of all ages outside and connected to our parks.
- Furthers the City’s goals for a healthy, vibrant, livable Boston.
About Circle The City CTC launched in Summer 2012, drawing an estimated 6,500 participants of all ages to four events across Boston. It brought people out of their homes and cars and onto safe, car-free streets for the opportunity to walk, bike, roll, dance, and play together. In 2013, CTC was an even larger success, with over 10,000 people coming out for two events in Boston over the summer (one on Huntington Avenue in July and one on Blue Hill Avenue in September). CTC creates opportunities for people to get out, be active, and connect with one another in our communities by using our streets in a new way and providing free activities for all ages that promote healthy, active living, and celebrate the neighborhoods, parks, and businesses of Boston. Streets for people CTC offers a view of our city from a different perspective — re-imagining our streets as space for people. With community building as a primary goal, CTC encourages family fun and promotes safe outdoor physical activity for all ages. There are over 80 documented Open Streets projects in the U.S. alone that are sparking discussion around the role of streets and this way to engage new audiences in existing, but temporarily transformed, public space. Circle The City is not a parade, nor is it a race. Rather it is a unique opportunity to safely enjoy the streets and explore new neighborhoods and parks.
We welcome new Conservancy staffer Olawumi Akinwumi, as Programs Coordinator and Circle The City Manager
Olawumi (Ola) Akinwumi is the Programs Coordinator and Circle The City (CTC) Manager of Boston’s first Open Streets venture. Last year, Ola worked with the CTC organizing team to put together the live music segment at the 2013 CTC event. With a background in public relations and event marketing and management, Ola has been organizing independent events in the Boston metropolitan for the past several years. She holds an MS in communications management from Simmons School of Management and a BS from University of New Hampshire. Contact Ola at email@example.com Some great Open Streets resources: Open Streets Project: The Open Streets Guide (2012) The Alliance for Biking and Walking, Washington, DC Street Plans Collaborative Street Films NYC Summer Streets San Francisco Sunday Streets For more information, contact: Ola Akinwumi firstname.lastname@example.org www.circlethecityboston.org Facebook: CircleTheCityBoston Twitter: @circlecitybos
Circle The City 2014 Leadership
- Emerald Necklace Conservancy
- Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
- LivableStreets Alliance
- Boston Cyclists Union
- Sustainability Guild International
- Nuestra Comunidad CDC
- Project R.I.G.H.T.
- City of Boston Bikes Program
2014 CTC Lead Sponsors
- City of Boston
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- The Boston Globe
- The Bay State Banner