Ever wondered what is was like to be able to play in the streets before all the traffic made it a danger zone? Wonder no more because Open Streets is coming to London this weekend for the first time on Great Suffolk Street in Southwark. The event, which originated in South America in the 1970s, looks to shut off the road to all traffic allowing people to walk, cycle, relax, and generally enjoy the world without fear of being run-over. The event includes all manner of activities organized by local businesses which will include football, Latin American dancing, ice cream making, archery and Bee Keeping.
It's a glorious way of giving the vast spaces of London back to the public for a day and allow all to bask in the freedom no traffic allows. The concept has had such an impact in Bogotà, Columbia that 120km of streets are opened up to walkers and cyclists every Sunday with a third of the population regularly taking part. The initiative has also seen huge success in over 200 locations worldwide.
The aim of Open Streets is to enable a wider range of social and cultural activity that traffic normally prohibits. It inspires people to think differently about the place we live in and, despite belief, actually boosts local businesses by allowing people to be in less of a rush and dwell longer at various outlets.
Residents in the areas that have welcomed Open Streets have found the simple pleasures in sitting out on the streets to watch the world go by, or kids who were able to draw in chalk on the roads without worry of danger.
The Open Street London takes place this Saturday 30th May 2015 from 11:00-16:00. For more details head to http://www.openstreetslondon.com