A Near Southside Car-Free Street Festival

Fort Worth Open Streets - Magnolia Avenue, Near Southside from Kevin Buchanan on Vimeo.

The first-ever Fort Worth Open Streets event - a Ciclovia-style car-free street festival promoting walking, bicycling, local business, and health - was held on Sunday, October 23rd, in the Near Southside (just south of downtown) on Magnolia Avenue, 5th Avenue, and Allen Avenue.

In this Fort Worthology video, we take a look at the happenings during Open Streets, and talk to Mike Brennan of Fort Worth South, Inc. and Robbie Werner of Stir Crazy Baked Goods about the event.

Blogged on the site: http://fortworthology.com/2011/10/24/first-near-southside-open-streets-event-a-big-success/

In cities across the country, Sunday afternoons have become something to look forward to as streets are transformed into urban playgrounds during popular community events called Open Streets.

FWSI is working to plan Fort Worth’s first Open Streets event, in coordination with the City. The events are being planned for two consecutive Sundays, with a Magnolia/5th Ave./Allen route on October 23rd and a S. Main/Broadway/ Jennings route on October 30th. Stay tuned for more details!

Presented by: Fort Worth South Inc. and the City of Fort Worth

Based on the popular Ciclovía events originating in South America, Open Streets events allow families and friends to get some exercise and enjoy a festival atmosphere as streets are opened up to cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, fitness classes, food vendors, and other activities.


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The Environmental Cost of One Car

Extracting Raw Material
26.5 tonnes of waste
922 cubic metres of polluted air

Transporting Raw Materials:
12 litres of crude oil in the ocean
425 million cubic metres of polluted air

Producing the Car:
1.5 tonnes of waste
74 million cubic metres of polluted air

Driving the Car:
18.4 kilos of abrasive waste
1,016 million cubic metres of polluted air

Disposing of the Car:
102 million cubic metres of polluted air

A car causes more pollution before it's ever driven than in its entire lifetime of driving.

Some Statistics

The typical American male devotes more than 1,600 hours a year to his car. He sits in it while it goes and while it stands idling. He parks it and searches for it. He earns the money to put down on it and to meet the monthly installments. He works to pay for gas, tolls, insurance, taxes and tickets. He spends four of his sixteen waking hours on the road or gathering resources for it. And this figure does not take account of the time consumed by other activities dictated by transport: time spent in hospitals, traffic courts and garages: time spent watching automobile commercials or attending consumer education meetings to improve quality of the next buy. The model American puts in 1,600 hours to get 7,500 miles: less than five miles an hour.