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Open Streets highlights active transportation in the city

If you drove through downtown then surely you know there was a lot going on, with the Three Rivers Fest and Art in the Park, but Sunday, the Open Streets event celebrated its second year.

Posted: Jul. 15, 2018 8:24 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-It's similar to one huge block party. It’s Calhoun Street car free letting everyone get into the rhythm of active transportation.

"We've invested a lot. We have over 100 miles of trails. We maintained 1,600 miles of sidewalk. We have countdown signals,"Frank Suarez who is the spokesperson for City Streets.

It encourages connection with the business district and multiple neighborhoods in hopes of creating a healthier and active city that's using the sidewalks and bike trails.

"Any community of any size like Fort Wayne, you find people who want to get out, a lot of younger people that are in college and the kind of people we want to attract to Fort Wayne are getting out, and they are biking and they're walking. They want to live, play, and be close to where they work so they can enjoy the trails and enjoy walking to work if they possibly can,"Suarez added.

There's been various changes to the roads in Fort Wayne to make them more pedestrian friendly and Suarez said the Open Streets event is one example to bring attention to those changes.

This year the area is a little bigger with boundaries from Calhoun to Williams Street, and in between are activities that connect Berry, Wayne, Ewing and Barr streets.

"There's always something going on in Fort Wayne. It's a pretty exciting time to live in our community, and what's unique about Open Streets is that we're partnered with over 80 organizations and businesses that are displaying what they are proud of,"program manager Amy Hartzog said.

It's a trend they think they will continue to see after Sunday, and hope to hold Open Streets more than once a year.

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