Open Streets joins Soda City to promote sustainability

Allen Wallace photos.

Monday is Earth Day, and Columbia began the celebration early with the third edition of an event designed to promote sustainability, fitness and community.

The third annual Open Streets Columbia moved from its previous home on Devine St. to Main St., becoming an extension of the weekly Soda City Market.

A worldwide movement founded in Bogota, Colombia, Open Streets events allow people to enjoy street spaces with auto traffic forbidden from entering.

Organizers of Saturday’s event in Columbia encouraged guests to walk, bike or use public transportation to attend. Cola Town Bike Collective providing free valet parking for bicycles.

The event featured many local organizations, offering information and demonstrations designed to make the city a healthier and friendlier place to live. From yoga in the street to martial arts, dance and other activities, something was available for almost anyone.

Organizers plan to host another Open Streets event this fall, with the date and location to be announced. More information on the movement is available at

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