Street Selection. When large areas are being closed to traffic, streets should be carefully considered within the larger network and clearly communicated in advance of the event. Select streets that benefit multiple neighborhoods. See: Pedestrian Networks.
Destinations. Smaller street closures of a few city blocks can add open space to adjacent destinations such as schools, transit stops, and museums. See: Designing Streets for Place.
Enforcement. While police enforcement may prove helpful, it is not always necessary or desirable. A temporary control device or barrier should be used to ensure that vehicles do not enter the space.
Signage. Where closures are weekly or daily, ensure that hours and days are clearly indicated on regulatory signage.
Programming. Closures are most successful when they are programmed with events and activities throughout the day. Programs may include performances, invited gatherings, food-related events, and other activities.2
Cycles. Allow cyclists to ride through temporary closures, yielding to pedestrians. Open Streets or Ciclovía events that follow longer routes should actively encourage cyclists by providing dedicated space and amenities.
Equipment and Amenities. Provide seating, tables, food stalls, recreational equipment, and lighting to help activate the space.
Loading. When streets are closed, arrangements should be made with local businesses for deliveries and unloading during morning and evening hours.
Branding. Consider local context and intended audiences and participants when branding and marketing these street projects.
Night Closures. Evening closures can allow events such as concerts, movie screenings, dining, and other activities. Additional lighting and police enforcement are recommended. Noise and other disruptions may be a consideration when locating these in residential neighborhoods.