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Salt Lake City to "Open Street" in May

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Salt Lake City has plans to close off portions of 300 East to cars, an entire afternoon dedicated to enjoying downtown in a different way.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Salt Lake City has plans to close off portions of 300 East to cars, an entire afternoon dedicated to enjoying downtown in a different way.

The cars on Broadway will go away and instead we will explore Downtown Salt Lake City in a new way.

Three Salt Lake City guys on a crusade to get you to see downtown without a car.

Scott Lyttle, Executive Director of Bike Utah, said, "Give people an opportunity to experience the area differently."

On the first Saturday of May the city will close 300 south from 200 east to 600 west for the first Open street festival in Salt Lake City.

70 cities across the country have had their own, Open Street event and officials say the benefits are huge.

Lyttle said, "Businesses who participated in an Open Street event have seen a 73 percent increase for local businesses."

That's a big opportunity for the businesses on Broadway, but there's an even bigger goal: get Utahns to go downtown differently.

Organizer Collin Quinn-Hurst said, "Encourage new people to try walking and biking."

And get our city moving!

Lyttle said, "This promotes an active lifestyle, that's key."

While the event isn't until May, community organizers need you now! They want you to come to Squatters on 300 East from 4-7 tonight and brainstorm how to make this work.




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