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Westbrook Hosts First Open Streets Event (Press Release)

By September 3, 2014Coalition News, Events

Media Contact:
Abby King – Bicycle Coalition of Maine – 207-740-8753 –

Westbrook Hosts First Open Streets Event

A Car-Free Community Celebration in the Street

WESTBROOK, Maine. The first “Open Streets Westbrook” Event is planned for Saturday in the heart of downtown. The City of Westbrook will close a quarter mile of Main Street to car traffic on Saturday September 6th from 12pm – 5pm on Main Street between Bridge Street and Pleasant Street.
For five hours this Saturday, Westbrook’s Main Street will become a safe, open area that will allow adults and their children to walk, bike, run, dance, skateboard, roller-blade, and otherwise meet and engage actively with their friends and neighbors  – without worrying about traffic. Similar events have taken place in over 100 cities and towns across the country, including Portland, with great success.
“Streets are for people, not just cars,” said event coordinator Abby King of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “The goal of Open Streets Westbrook is to get people thinking about streets as public spaces that can foster active transportation and play.”
The event organizers, the Public Health in Transportation Coalition, have organized family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon.  Expect to see:

  • Dance, Zumba, and Yoga Classes hosted by Westbrook’s Drouin Dance Center
  • Hoola-Hooping and Jump-Roping hosted by Westbrook’s My Place Teen Center
  • Fix-A-Flat Workshops hosted by Westbrook’s Summer Feet Cycling Tours
  • Information and Input station hosted by Westbrook’s Recreation and Conservation Commission
  • Bike Decoration Station hosted by the Southern Maine Safe Routes to School Program
  • Bicycle Light and Bell Give-Aways hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Bicycle Rodeo, Skills Course and Bike Safety Check, and Helmet Give-A-Ways hosted by the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program
  • Exhibits from Portland Trails and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation
  • Yoga Classes, Hop-Scotch, and Chalk Art hosted by the Opportunity Alliance Public Health Program
  • Pedal-Powered Smoothies hosted by the Healthy Lakes and Healthy Rivers SNAP-Ed Program

Residents and visitors are encouraged to stick around for the Town Parade at 5pm, which will travel along Main Street from Bridge Street to Riverbank Park.
See Open Streets Westbrook for more information.