Open Streets Boston is a collection of free, family-friendly events. During these events, the City of Boston will close major thoroughfares to motor traffic, opening them for pedestrian use including walking, rolling, biking and to connect with neighbors and local businesses. Open Streets Boston is a project of the City of Boston.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the Open Streets Boston days?
In 2022, our inaugural year, there will be three events: July 10th, August 6th and September 24.
When does Open Streets Boston start and end?
Each event starts at 9 AM and ends at 3 PM.
Where does Open Streets Boston happen?
Centre Street: Jackson Sq. to Centre/South
July 10, 2022
9 AM - 3 PM
Blue Hill Ave: Warren Street to Dudley Street
August 6, 2022
9 AM - 3 PM
Dorchester Ave: Freeport Street to Gallivan Blvd
September 24, 2022
9 AM - 3 PM
On the routes
Is Open Streets Boston always the same route?
No, in our inaugural year of 2022, we are planning on showcasing three different routes throughout the city.
You can visit our event pages to see the map routes.
Is Open Streets Boston accessible to those with disabilities?
Yes! Participants with mobility limitations are welcome to use motorized wheelchairs, scooters, pedal-assist bikes, and adaptive bicycles. There are minimal inclines along each route and any portion deemed steep will have the proper signage. While steep areas and congested areas are usually mandatory dismount zones, participants unable to dismount are not required to do so. Service animals are welcome.
Is Open Streets Boston stroller friendly?
Yes, these events are for everyone, especially children and families. There will be ample space for strollers along the route—simply stay to the right to avoid faster traffic.
Are dogs allowed at Open Streets Boston?
You can think of Open Streets Boston like a public park! Dogs (and dog owners!) are welcome, just please stay to the right, keep them on a leash, and remember to pick up after them.
When will the routes re-open to cars?
On Open Streets Boston event days the roads will begin to reopen to cars at 3:00pm.
What if I don’t ride a bike?
You don't need a bike to participate! You can walk, run, scoot, rollerblade, picnic, dance, shop, and more.
What direction does pedestrian traffic flow?
Traffic flows in both directions, just like a traditional street. There is no start or endpoint, and no "right" place to join the route. All you need to do is pick your starting point, choose a direction, and join in on the fun!
Is this a race?
No! This event is for people first, so there are opportunities to walk, run, sit, dine at local restaurants, watch entertainment, and shop at local stores.
Can I come if I don’t ride a bike?
Absolutely! This event is meant for everyone of all ages and forms of mobility (walking, rolling, biking, running).
Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes, this event is meant for everyone of all ages.
Will there be places to lock up my bike?
Yes, there will be designated zones along the route. We recommend bringing your own lock.
Where can I find water along the route?
Free water refill stations will be available at water stands spread throughout the route and at participating businesses. Water spots will be noted on event maps prior to each Open Streets event. Please bring your reusable bottle.
Are there bathrooms along the route?
Yes, there will be portable toilets along the route and at participating businesses. Bathrooms will be noted on event maps in the days leading up to each Open Streets event.
How can my organization have a presence at Open Streets Boston?
How can my business along the route best participate in Open Streets Boston?
You can play music, offer Open Streets discounts, and even extend your business onto the street for the day (on the asphalt where parked cars are typically located). All businesses hoping to set something up in the street should fill out our partner form.
How can I become a sponsor?
If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I'm a pop-up vendor interested in vending goods or food?
Small businesses and Individuals interested in vending can contact email@example.com and complete the programming registration form to see if you can set up at one of our activity zones!