Open Streets Special Edition 
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June  8, 2015

LHIC News - Special Edition


Hello LHIC members!

Are Open Streets the future of Howard County? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to comfortably and safely ride your bike on the road? Here’s your chance to find out! 

The Little Patuxent Parkway loop in Clary’s Forest will be the site of the first Open Streets Howard County event this
Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm.  This "Open Street" event will allows residents of all abilities to envision and experience different possibilities for creating pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets in Howard County while enjoying fun outdoor activities for all ages.  Come see and experience new approaches encouraging healthy transportation options like walking and cycling. The event will temporarily take over a lane of the Little Patuxent Parkway Loop and reserve it for people-powered transportation.

For more information about Open Streets and to sign up for event updates, visit the 
Open Streets event page on Facebook  or www.thehorizonfoundation.org/openstreets.


 

Open Streets: What You Need To Know

Open Streets Howard County is a festive demonstration of how our community could be re-imagined to encourage more daily physical activity by creating safe, comfortable accommodations that support healthy transportation choices.

 
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. — 2 p.m..
Location: Little Patuxent Parkway “Loop” in Clary’s Forest
Parking: Swansfield Elementary School, 5610 Cedar Lane, Columbia
Event Contact: Ian Kennedy, ikennedy@thehorizonfoundation.org
 
Be sure to join the Opening Ceremony with special guests at 10 a.m. at Swansfield Elementary School followed by a parade to the Loop entrance!
What to Expect:
 
Activity areas: Seven
 
Bicycle/Pedestrian facility demonstrations: Six
 
Water stations: Five
 
Face painters: Four

Food trucks: Three
 
Bike Repair Stops: Two
 
Balloon arches: One
 
On-site volunteers: More than 70
 
Items to give away: hundreds
 

Opportunities for fun: countless
 
Mileage: 2.6, if you start/finish at Swansfield Elementary School (The Loop is 1.7 miles)
 
Time Commitment: As long or as short as you’d like. Most people can comfortably cover three miles in 30 minutes on a bike or an hour walking. If you want to take a leisurely pace and enjoy the many activities, plan on spending up to two hours at the event.
                                                                                                             
And if Open Streets alone aren’t enough to get you excited, there will be tons of fun activities as well! Zumba classes, an obstacle course, and bike trick demonstrations by Schwinny can be found around the Loop. 

Got kids? There will also be face painting, chalk painting, and scavenger hunts.  Kids competing in the scavenger hunts may win some great prizes!
 
 
Things to remember:
 
Wear sunscreen! While there are ample opportunities to rest in the shade, plan on getting lots of sun.
 
Bring your water bottle! There will be plenty of water stations along the route to re-fill your bottles.
 
Need a kids bike? Thanks to Race Pace Bicycles, a few kid-sized bikes for the little ones will be available to try out.

Bring your appetite (and your wallet)! Several food trucks will be serving delicious food throughout the Loop.
 
Show your smile! Share your pictures on social media by tagging or posting to the “Open Streets Howard County” Facebook page or by tagging with #OpenStreetsHC.
 
Want to learn more about the initiative? Click here to like the Facebook page or sign up for updates by texting OPENSTREETS to 22828.
 
Bike mechanics will be on hand to help get you ready to ride. Come join  some outdoor fun and see what may be the future of Howard County Streets!

 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director
jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org
410-313-1779

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org
410-313-6360
 
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