Project Dates: 2010-2013
With the Open Streets project we sought to measure the successes and challenges related to the St. Louis Open Streets and Ferguson (MO) Sunday Parkways .
Specifically we were interested in:
- Who attends Open Streets initiatives and are participants representative of the city’s population?
- What activities do participants do while at Open Streets and how active are they?
- Do Open Streets initiatives change awareness of active transportation and sense of community?
- Are there economic benefits to Open Streets?
Implications for Research and Practice
Through this project we produced a guide for measuring success (evaluation toolkit) that we hope is useful for researchers and practitioners.
Amy Eyler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Investigator: Chris Casey
Research Assistants: Jill Kuhlberg, Julie Lokuta, Genevieve Cheng, Rachel Smidt, Ben Glosenger
Active Living Research (RWJF): #68899; “Supporting development and evaluation of strategies to increase participation of youths and families in St. Louis Open Streets events” (2011-2013)
Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging’s Global Aging Initiative, Washington University in St. Louis (Hipp, PI), “Open Streets to All: Older Adults and the Ciclovia Movement” (2014)
The Open Streets Initiatives: Measuring Success toolkit provides cities, bicycle/pedestrian agencies, academics, and others interested in measuring the success of Open Streets initiatives a framework for capturing physical activity, participant counts, business buy-in, and other relevant measures.
Included in this toolkit are measures for communication, reach, activity hubs, participant counts, physical activity type and level, cost-benefit analysis, and local business evaluation. There are also examples of collected data, policy briefs and references to published work.