James Street North shuts down for Open Streets Hamilton

More than 2km of open road June 24

Let the roadway be your urban park.

Open Streets Hamilton is back and on Sunday, James Street North (from King Street to Guise Street) will be home to pedestrians and cyclists only.

"We want to show people they can get back and forth around the city without using a car," event co-ordinator Kathryn Wrong explained. "They can take transit or ride their bike over along things like the waterfront trail or go for a walk."

Wrong said the nearly two kilometres of uninterrupted street space gives a feel like no other.

"It won't look like your average street festival. It's really quite a lot of space," she said. "It won't be as packed as Super Crawl or some of the other outdoor events in Hamilton, but you can come spend a few hours and you'll see."

And what she means by see is the experience of walking or cycling to destinations instead of firing up the old engine.

"It's a day for people to try out these modes of transportation they aren't used to or maybe don't think of," she added. "As Hamilton gets larger, congestion is one of the things we're conscious of."

This is Open Streets Hamilton's fifth event since they began in 2010.

For a detailed street by street guide of events, click here.