Flashback Friday: Open Streets was a Blast!

Back in Sep 2013, the central city was still slowly recovering from the 2010/11 quakes and only opening up bit by bit. To celebrate a bit more opening up of the centre, the Council held an “Open Streets” cyclovia; this post originally from Oct 2013 reports on some of the happenings of the day. I think many of us hoped that would herald the start of a series of these but, apart from a couple of smaller events, that hasn’t yet proven to be the case…

Well it’s taken a few days (too much work in the day job…), but here are some pics from last Sunday’s Open Streets event in town.There are also some great photos on the City Council’s Facebook site.

It was a bit damp to start off but once it cleared up the punters were out in force taking advantage of the many activities on offer. Some estimates so far put attendees into the many thousands. Here’s hoping we see some more events like this in the future!

Workers set up the “Dutch Intersection” mockup on a damp Sunday morning
Valet Bike Parking was available, courtesy of Spokes Canterbury, but most people preferred to keep riding
The friendly folk at NextBike talked to lots of people about their public hire bikes
Catching a movie, courtesy of the cycle-powered cinema
Cathedral Square was the place to be, with lots of people there all day
The cycle counter display at the Dutch intersection registered over 900 riders across the sensors – and what did you think of those “zebra” cycleway separators?
Throughout the day, many people took the opportunity to try out the bus bike racks
ICECycles were kept busy with a steady stream of bike tune-ups and repairs
The crazy PedalMania bikes were a huge hit with the crowds
Once more around the Dutch intersection!

 Would you like to see more Open Streets events around Christchurch?

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