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October 17 selected for debut of Open Streets Brentwood

 


Brentwood’s Brownsville Road will host the first-urban fringe model of Ciclovia in the county when Open Streets Brentwood is held on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I’m very excited to see the Open Streets concept extend beyond our urban core in Allegheny County and am thrilled that Brentwood and Economic Development South have embraced this concept so readily,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “The idea that streets are public spaces where all members of our community can come together to have fun, learn and be active is a perfect match for our Live Well Allegheny initiative. We look forward to seeing even more of the county’s municipalities participate in similar events.”

Open Streets Brentwood will be held along a 1.3 mile stretch of the Brownsville Road corridor, from Brentwood Park to just before the intersection of Route 51. The road will be closed to all motorized traffic so pedestrians, rollerbladers, cyclists, skateboarders and other forms of human-powered transportation can enjoy the street as a public space.

There will be a myriad of activities for participants ranging in age from toddlers to seniors. Music, games, activities, demonstrations and sidewalk sales are all planned to be part of the experience. Businesses along the corridor will be encouraged to join in the fun and take advantage of increased foot traffic.

“Brentwood is over the moon to be joining the list of locations that have hosted an Open Streets event. Our community’s wide sidewalks and combination of commercial and residential along the Brownsville Road corridor will make this an exciting experience for all,” said Borough Manager George Zboyovsky. “As one of the newest Live Well Allegheny communities, we are happy to offer our residents this opportunity to get outside and be active in what we hope will be a signature Live Well Brentwood Borough event.”

The Ciclovia concept was introduced to Pittsburgh several years ago when Gil Penalosa, founder of the concept, was a speaker at the CityLIVE! series curated by Kim O’Dell, Eve Picker and Sara Radelet. O’Dell and Picker continued the conversation by convening a group of interested people, and ultimately were responsible for the OpenStreetsPGH activities in July 2014, and in May, June and July 2015.

Economic Development South (EDS) is coordinating the planning for Open Streets Brentwood and has begun outreach to individuals, organizations and businesses that could be a part of the activity on October 17, including volunteer recruitment. For more information about ways to become involved with Open Streets Brentwood, contact Stephanie Miller at EDS at smiller@economicdevelopmentsouth.org or at 412-884-1400.

 

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