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Open Streets Festival in East Liberty

Popular street festival returns to Pittsburgh after city experiences pandemic year absences.
Open streets, which closes public streets to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and others to enjoy the road, will return Sunday, July 25 to Hazelwood, for its first and only festival in 2021. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25.
The festival is organized by the nonprofit Bike Pittsburgh, and according to its website, this year’s open streets are presented by UPMC and “is one of the city’s most beloved summer traditions and offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to walk, cycle, ride run and ride in streets completely without a car. “

Unlike previous pre-COVID years, the Hazelwood Festival will be the only open streets in calendar year 2021. In the past, there have been multiple Open Streets throughout the summer and in different locations.

“OpenStreetsPGH invites the community to reinvent public spaces, which we saw the incredible necessity of during the pandemic,” said Scott Bricker, Director of Bike Pittsburgh in a Press release. “As the world begins to return to normal, we’re excited to present OpenStreetsPGH as a mini-event where people of all ages can go out for socially distant recreation, enjoy a day of car-free fun on the streets of the city and check out discovering an impressive cycling infrastructure along the way.

If you’re planning on attending Open Streets this year, here are some tips and information on Saturday’s festivities.

Click to enlarge Hazelwood Open Streets 2021 Festival Map - IMAGE: COURTESY OF BIKE PITTSBURGH

Image: Courtesy of Bike Pittsburgh

Hazelwood Open Streets 2021 Festival Map

  • The festival will take place in the Hazelwood Green section of the neighborhood. Blair, Beehive Lytle and Eliza Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic. Hazelwood Avenue west of Second Avenue and Gloster Street to Tecumseh Street will also be closed to traffic.
  • Participants are encouraged to cycle, walk or take public transport to get to the festival. According to Bike Pittsburgh, vehicle parking near the Open Streets route is very limited, and the organization suggests those traveling by car park at the SouthSide Works Ingot Garage, which is about a 5-minute bike ride away or 15 minutes walk from the festival. .
  • A free local shuttle will be provided to residents of Hazelwood and Glen Hazel and will drop off at the entrance to the event.
  • This year, three hubs are offering classes and activities at Open Streets. The wellness center will offer free fitness classes, art healing workshops, free health checkups, and electric bike demonstrations. The Kids Hub will offer a learning curve for children and a mini obstacle course. The Food Hub & Plaza will feature local food trucks, vendors, a beer garden and a concert hall.

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