Monday 3 February 2014 3.00pm
On the one hand, just because others are doing it doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea. But more importantly, on the other hand, this wouldn't be spreading to so many urban centers throughout the world if it were a 'disaster' or chaotic.
Here's something I found on another website with links to other cities' festivals.
Open Streets in Other Cities
Open Streets follows a Ciclovía (which means “bike path”) model that first emerged in Latin America in the 1970s as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Ciclovías allow residents of normally congested cities to come out and enjoy healthy recreation in the streets.
“Open street” events have popped up across the world—including elsewhere in Latin America, Europe and major U.S. cities such as New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Each of these events attracts hundreds of thousands of people and receives support from residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Check out how other cities are opening up their streets! (see links to other cities' festivals by clicking on the link above)
Here's a video showing one of the first cities to do this -