· Wayne County, Michigan has held car-free days on the Edward N. Hines Parkway since 1983. Called Saturday in the Park, six miles of the parkway are closed to motorized vehicles every Saturday from May through September.
· New York City closes the roads traversing Central Park each and every weekend. Manhattan also has the Highline, which has proved immensely popular among walkers. It’s a different animal, but not completely dissimilar.
· A portion of the Bronx River Highway in Westchester County, New York closes each Sunday for two months every year.
· Essex County, New Jersey each Sunday closes a main artery connecting two towns, creating a two-mile pedestrian and bike trail.
· In San Mateo County, California, there is a weekly Sunday closure of 4 miles of Cañada Road.
· Philadelphia closes a seven-mile portion of M.L. King Dr. for five hours a day every Sunday from April to October, for Philly Free Streets.
· Phoenix, Arizona has Silent Sundays once a month from May through Marc, for seven hours each day.
· Seattle, Washington has Bicycle Sundays.
· Atlanta, Georgia closes Peachtree St. four times a year.
From around the world:
· Jakarta, Indonesia shuts its main north-south artery and other roads two Sundays a month.
· Each Sunday and public holiday, certain main streets of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, and other municipalities in Colombia are blocked off to cars for runners, skaters, and bicyclists. Stages are set up in city parks for aerobics instructors, yoga teachers, and musicians to lead people through various performances. Bogota’s weekly bicycle days are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on 142 miles of car-free streets. Some main streets in Bogota are also closed on weeknights once rush hour has ended.
· Each Sunday and holiday, important avenues of Rosario, Argentina are blocked off for car-free events when runners, skaters and bicyclists take over the streets. Rosario's car-free days are used by approximately 30,000 thousand people on over 8 miles of car-free streets. Buenos Aires, Argentina started its car-free road network in 2009, and as of 2013 it covers more than 62 miles and continues expanding.
· Ottawa has had street closures since 1970. Every Sunday morning during the summer over 30 miles of roads in the heart of Ottawa and nearby Gatineau Park are reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, and pedestrians.
· In Quito, Ecuador, an 18-mile north-south artery is closed to cars every Sunday.
· Mexico City has several car-free circuits on Sundays, the most important runs 36 miles. Guadalajara has 37 miles of bike routes available on Sundays.
· Lima, Peru closes its major Avenida Arequipa to motorized traffic every Sunday.
· Santiago, Chile closes several of its main roads including those along the river, each and every Sunday.
· Pristina, Kosovo closes its main street to cars every Sunday.
· In France, Paris Respire (literally "Paris breathes") mandates that certain roads be closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays and public holidays. The roads include those by the River Seine, in the Marais, the Canal Saint Martin, Montmartre and elsewhere in the city.
· Calle Roosevelt in San Salvador, El Salvador bans cars every Sunday.
Many other cities throughout the world regularly close major streets to vehicular traffic on an occasional basis. Many cities also have created permanent pedestrian zones downtown and residents and visitors have come to embrace them. Many cities have created pedestrian and bicycle networks that provide commuters with attractive alternatives to automobiles and other gas guzzling vehicles. Atlanta, Gainesville, Greenville, SC, and Fort Collins are among such cities who support and embrace the Open Streets initiative.
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