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When and where is Open Streets ICT?
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 12-5p.m.
Where: Along Douglas Avenue from College Hill Park at Bluff St. to Glen St.
Is Open Streets ICT a free event?
All activities and events are FREE to the public during Open Streets ICT.
Only food vendors and retail designations will require cash or credit card. All items that require payment are marked on our interactive map.
What streets will be closed and for how long?
Open Streets ICT closes 4.1 miles of Douglas Avenue to traffic, from Bluff Street in College Hill to Glen Street in the historic Delano District. Street closing will begin September 23 from 10am – 6pm.
Certain streets will remain open along the 4.1 mile route to allow for north and south bound traffic to cross Douglas. Those streets will be Glenn, Seneca, McLean, Broadway, Washington, Hydraulic, Grove, Hillside, Roosevelt and Circle Drive. Ultimately the Wichita Police Department will control the actual times of street closings and openings.
What active vehicles are allowed at Open Streets ?
‘Vehicles’ are defined as a thing used to transport people or objects from point A to point B.
At Open Streets all human-powered vehicles are allowed. Such as (but not limited to):
- Specialty Bicycles (such as Recumbent or walking bicycles)
- Roller Blades
- Kick Scooters
- Heelies/Wheelies (shoes with wheels on the heel)
All motorized vehicles will NOT be allowed at Open Streets. Such as (but not limited to):
- Non-police or personnel Golf Cart’s
- Motorized Scooter’s (Vespa, Ruckus etc.)
- Dirt Bikes or Mini Bikes
- Motorized Drift Bikes/Trikes
If you have a human-powered vehicle that you would like to bring to Open Streets that is not listed above and are not sure if it qualifies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I bring with me?
- Bike, Roller Blades, Wagons, Skateboards, Scooter, or anything to get you from point A to B.
- Helmets, Elbow and Knee pads
- Bike Lock
- Non-professional film and digital cameras
- Water bottle
- Valid Driver’s License for restaurant and bars along the route
- Comfortable footwear
Where can I park my bike?
There are also numerous black bike racks provided in College Hill, Downtown Wichita, and the Delano District. Usually they are placed at or near bus stations and in between. Don’t forget to bring a lock!
There will also be complementary bike valet throughout the route. More information to come.
Are pets allowed?
Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your four-legged buddies to Open Streets ICT. All animals must be on a leash, and monitored at all times.
What happens if it rains?
Open Streets ICT is a rain or shine event. Please check the weather report and prepare accordingly.
What kind of behavior is accepted?
This is a family friendly event focused on health and physical activity for all. We encourage all to follow these rules:
- No Smoking
- No Illegal Drugs
- Use of profanity and/or derogatory terms are discouraged.
- Firearms and/or weapons of any kind are prohibited
- Do not engage in conduct that obstructs, interrupts or otherwise interferes with the events, performances, vending or other operations of Open Streets ICT.
What happens if I get tired along the route?
There will be plenty of seating along the route where people can rest. For cases of serious exhaustion, please contact the nearest volunteer.
Will there be any type of transportation along Douglas to travel to Hubs?
No. The goal of Open Streets ICT is to promote healthy living through a free event opening the City’s largest space-its streets-to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. That cannot be achieved with motor transportation taking away from the event.
If you have children, tire easily, or are elderly, please plan your day ahead of time. We want to ensure that everyone has a great time at Open Streets. If you have concerns, please contact us at email@example.com
Where can I park?
We encourage people to arrive to the event on foot or on bike. However if you choose to drive, parking along on residential streets will be available. Please be courteous of the residents living nearby!
What are some tips to riding bikes in the streets?
The good thing about riding during Open Streets is that there will be no motorists allowed on Douglas from 12pm-5pm. However that doesn’t mean there are no rules.
We ask that all walking and slower riding participants stay to the sidewalk and or RIGHT HAND SIDE. All bikers and faster riding participants stay to the LEFT HANS SIDE.
Follow the tips below to ensure a safe environment for all.
- Remain Visible
- Make sure to wear proper safety gear (helmets, knee pads, etc.)
- Ride on the right side of the street
- Yield to pedestrians/ those who are walking
- Be mindful of young children, elderly and those with disabilities.
- Do no ride on the sidewalk – that’s why its call Open Streets!
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Is Open Streets ICT accessible to people with disabilities?
We encourage people with disabilities to attend and enjoy Open Streets. Handicap accessible restrooms will be available at all of our activities hubs.
Any tips on preparation for a day at Open Streets ICT?
We encourage everyone to check the weather and preparing accordingly. We also recommend planning your route beforehand by visiting our map route and seeing where activities, food and services will be placed.
Stay hydrated! Drink water before you get to the event and enjoy the beverage offerings of the vendors at the festival. You’re also welcome to bring water bottles with you.
You can also prepare with the following items:
- Lather up in sunscreen and bug spray
- Bring a hat
- Bring an umbrella or light Jacket
- Wear comfy shoes
Will there be ATMS?
Many ATMs are located along the route in existing banks and other service locations. Additionally, many restaurants will accept credit & debit cards.