The RenOpen Streets Program is still in its infancy, but we're headed towards something that is helps define great cycling cities. If you're not familiar with the program it's pretty simple. Close down a bunch of streets and let them be reclaimed by people rather than cars! You know...like it used to be even back when I was a kid. A pickup game of touch football, a stick ball game in the street, set up a little park outside your business, expand your business into the street, etc. It garners a spirit of community that is somewhat lost these days, and is generally just a great way to get out and walk or bike and explore your city (outside of a sound dampened metal box)!
RenOpen Streets Route for this year (one route ~ 1.5 miles):
Portland's Routes this year (5 routes ~ 7-9 miles each in length):
So...this is Reno's starter year. If everything goes well, we'll make the even at least bi-annual and expand the routes in the future. Just looking at Portland makes you see it could go pretty big! The question is does your city do it!? And if not, why aren't you ready to make it happen?