Help reclaim Southwark’s Streets on 14th June 2014
London’s first Open Streets event comes to Bankside on this summer. Date to be confirmed.
Born in Bogota and raised across North America, Open Streets events have allowed millions to re-imagine their streets not just as traffic corridors, but as public spaces for recreation and joy.
Southwark Street will be closed to motor traffic between 9am and 6pm with core event hours of 11am-4pm. Between those hours, access to the streets north of Southwark St will be on an Access Only basis and will be marshalled.
All road closures and bus diversions will be signposted well in advance, with appropriate arrangements for local residents, emergency and disabled access.
Open Streets Trust, who are presenting the event with Living Streets supported by Southwark Council, are planning a number of activations along the two streets including a full size tennis court and sound stage on Blackfriars Road, plus a recording studio, street theatre and city picnic on Southwark Street. Further details will be published as they become available.
The event will be family friendly and there will be plenty of extra activities to inspire and delight youngsters of all ages.
Elsewhere, such events have given a huge boost to local traders, as visitors arriving on foot or by bike have the time and inclination to dwell, eat and drink, and shop.
The main theme of the event is Made in Southwark, so if you have a business on or near the route, get those tables and chairs out, stock up and serve an extra 20,000 expected visitors.
The aim is to make the streets accessible to all. So if you have any ideas for activities or want to volunteer or support the event in any other way, please get in touch.