Houston hopes street closures get people moving

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials are adopting a popular idea in San Antonio and other cities and plan to temporarily close busy streets to vehicles so that people explore neighborhoods by foot, bicycle and skateboard.

City leaders announced the program Wednesday and say it will begin next month with some contiguous streets closing to traffic on selected Sunday afternoons.

The Houston Chronicle explains (http://bit.ly/1cdLhea ) the program, called Open Streets, began in Bogota (boh-goh-TAH'), Colombia, more than 30 years ago. Houston officials say the aim is to encourage residents to exercise and explore neighborhoods they normally zip through in their cars.

Closing streets, even in car-crazed Houston, isn't new. It's done for festivals and other events. Officials say the cost of paying city workers and police officers for extra patrols will be low.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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