Open Streets Calgary
The Open Streets Movement consists of over 80 initiatives across North America. It joins the Cyclovias, Summer Streets, and Car-free Days events around the world to promote:
- Awareness for pedestrian, cycling, and other sustainable transportation options
- Participatory urban art, innovative fitness, and emerging cultural experiences that encourage a re-imagining of how public spaces such as streets are regarded and used.
- Open Streets Calgary’s goal is to inspire a vibrant culture of sustainability in Calgary.
- Hundreds of thousands of Calgarians exposed to the enjoyment and benefit of active transportation as a step towards reduced car dependency.
- Increased profile for a growing number of Calgary’s alternative transportation and sustainability groups and initiatives
- A strong link established between sustainability and Calgary’s festival community
- A self-financing collaboration that is linked to initiatives across North America.
Calgary has the policy supports in place to: increase culture and sense-of-place, reduce isolation and crime, increase density and sustainability. Open Streets Calgary animates offices, schools, and events with bicycle powered blenders, lights and performance stages. Programming also includes buttonmaking, mandala painting, pennyfarthing demonstrations, bike tuneups, and educational resources.
100 Year Goals and Targets
- Target 22
- By 2036, we reduce the annual private vehicle kilometres travelled per capita by 20 per cent.
- Target 25
- By 2036, there is a 50 per cent reduction from 1990 levels in the pollution (greenhouse gases) associated with automobiles.
- Target 26
- By 2036, we increase peak period transit, walking and cycling and carpool travel to downtown by 50 per cent, 40 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.
- Target 29
- By 2036, the number of on-street bikeways increases by 200 per cent, and the number of pathways by 100 per cent.