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Cars begone! Walkers, cyclists take over roads during Open Streets TO

Pedestrians and cyclists took over part of Bloor and Yonge streets on Sunday, during the car-free Open Streets TO event.

Part of Bloor was turned into a 'pop-up park' with 5,000 square feet of grass on road

Yoga on the road? It happened on Sunday at the 'pop-up park' on Bloor Street, on which 5,000 square feet of sod was laid. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)

The car isn't king today.

Pedestrians and cyclists took over part of Bloor and Yonge streets on Sunday, during the car-free Open Streets TO event.

A portion of Bloor and Yonge streets were closed to cars on Sunday. People and their dogs enjoyed the open space. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)

Bloor Street was closed to vehicles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Ossington Avenue and Park Road, while Yonge Street was closed to traffic from Bloor to Queen streets. 

There were numerous activities lining the streets, including a charity truck pull, a dog walk, a bike ride, a ukulele jam, a skateboard park, yoga class, dance and improv workshops, and a free blood pressure clinic.

Part of Bloor Street was also turned into a "pop-up park," with 5,000 square feet of grass lining the road.

This was the first of two Open Street TO days this year, with the next event on September 15.

There were various activities along the roads on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A man and four children play a game on the grass. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)

It was a chance for the streets to become "paved parks" that people of all backgrounds can enjoy, the organizers said in a news release.

"The idea behind Open Streets TO is about getting out, being active and connecting people in the city without the barriers and stresses often created by vehicle traffic," David Simor, with Open Streets TO, said in a statement.

Open Streets TO, in its sixth year, is a partnership involving the city's parks, forestry and recreation division and Come Alive Outside.

This is the sixth year for Open Streets TO. There's another event on September 15. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)

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