Open Streets Windsor 2021 – Be Part of Something Amazing!

Open Streets Windsor returns this October to connect our diverse neighbourhoods and people across the community. The popular outdoor event will include enhanced safety measures and is scheduled for Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Open Streets Windsor is one of our favourite annual community traditions, and I’m happy to see it return this year,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “City staff and all community partners have worked hard to design a route and event that will be safe, accessible and memorable for all who participate. This is a great opportunity to experience the city’s streets and neighbourhoods in a unique way while being healthy and active.”

Since 2016, thousands have witnessed this free community event, which involves an eight-kilometre route, spanning numerous neighbourhoods from the west end of the city to the east, temporarily closed to cars. This year’s route runs along Sandwich Street, Riverside Drive West, University Avenue West, Wyandotte Street East and Drouillard Road. Visit OpenStreetsWindsor.ca for details on this year’s route.

With Halloween just around the corner, participants are encouraged this year to decorate their bikes or mobility devices or wear costumes themselves. Costumes that limit the mobility of the wearer or impede sight lines for others should be avoided. Have fun and show us your best, but remember: safety first!

Event organizers are looking for organizations and businesses to contribute ideas and activities at hubs along the event route as community partners.

Community Partners

  • In addition to providing a space for people to walk, cycle, roller blade, etc. along the route, hubs are designated for community partners, including individuals, businesses and organizations, to carry out activities that promote health, physical activity, arts and culture. Activities must be free and encourage participation from people of all ages and abilities.

Adopt-a-Barricade

We have the barricade – you have the workforce! We are seeking groups of volunteers through community organizations, service clubs, or business that would supply groups of volunteers to assist in keeping the route secure. Must be 18-plus years of age. Please contact openstreets@citywindsor.ca for further details

If you would like to become a community partner, the Community Partner Application Form is available until October 7, 2021.

“Open Streets Windsor helps connect us to our community,” said Ward 5 Councillor Ed Sleiman. “The event really helps people look at neighbourhoods like Ford City in a new way. We meet people, and we explore some of what the amazing areas of the city have to offer. We’re able to see the investments that have been made, the businesses that have opened their doors, the art and stories all around us and across the community. It’s a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.”

"I am extremely excited for this year’s Open Streets Windsor,” said John Alvarez, owner of The Grand Cantina. “I believe it is very important for the people of Windsor to get out and enjoy some fresh air and support small business around Windsor, especially in these trying times."

Thank you to our sponsors: Motor City Community Credit Union, AM800 CKLW, CTV, The Windsor Star, windsoriteDOTca News, YourTV Windsor/Leamington, Tim Hortons and Zehrs Markets.

For more information, visit OpenStreetsWindsor.ca or contact 311.

Open Streets Windsor logo, October 17, 2021

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