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Thunder Bay Open Streets event encourages walking, biking

Organizers of Thunder Bay's first Open Streets event hope for a good turnout on Sunday.
Late last year at an open house meeting, Thunder Bay residents talked about the pros and cons of closing down a city street a few times a year to encourage other forms of non-motorized traffic. The first-ever event for the city will be held this weekend. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Organizers of Thunder Bay's first Open Streets event hope for a good turnout this weekend.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, parts of Algoma Street and West Lyon Boulevard will be closed to cars.

People will be free to wander the streets by foot, bike, or other modes of active transportation.

"Basically it's a really good way to build the community,” said Ashley Priem, program co-ordinator with EcoSuperior.

“It gets people reimagining the streets, starting to feel like streets are not just for cars, roads are not just for cars. They can be for people as well."

Priem said she hopes the pilot program will encourage people to do more walking and biking as part of everyday life.

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