RenOpen Streets: Inspiring an Active Community, Street-by-Street

RenOpen Streets

If you have ever wished the streets were clear of vehicles for dancing, biking, skating or even hula hooping, your wish is about to come true. On Oct. 17,  you, your friends and neighbors can boogie, bike and bounce from Riverside Drive to Virginia Street in Midtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during RenOpen Streets.

It’s time to take to the streets!

RenOpen StreetsRenOpen Streets will transform two miles of downtown streets into a celebratory community move-fest for biking and skating, dancing and exercising, and activities, including yoga, massage and fall cooking demonstrations.

“We are excited to sponsor RenOpen Streets because this effort aligns so closely with our mission of improving health in our communities,” says Phyllis Freyer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Renown Health, and Chairman of Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities. “Using public spaces to promote an active lifestyle is exactly the kind of movement we want to support.” 

RenOpen Streets: The Beginning

RenOpen Streets co-founder Noah Silverman attended the Portland, Ore., Open Streets event several years ago and was hooked. He and co-founder Julie Hunter then traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to volunteer at the Cyclovia Tucson event.

RenOpen Streets is part of national movement that began in early 2010 when The Street Plans Collaborative teamed with the Alliance for Biking & Walking to form The Open Streets Project. Their focus is to promote healthy, vibrant communities.

Recently having returned from Guadalajara, Mexico’s Open Streets, Noah is eager and ready for the first ever RenOpen Streets. “Our goal is to have a world-class event,” he says.

Alongside Noah and Julie, major event sponsors — City of Reno, Washoe County Health District, Renown Health, Abbi Agency, Regional Transportation Commission, Reno Bike Project, This is Reno, Laughing Planet and New Belgium Brewing — collaborated and planned for nearly a year to create RenOpen Streets.

Planning Your RenOpen Streets Outing

So, where should you begin? Anywhere along the two-mile stretch (see map). RenOpen Streets

You can park at the Washoe County Courthouse on Virginia Street or Reno High School on Riverside Drive if you are not within biking, skating or walking distance.  Or start your route at Riverside Drive and Washington Street and take your time meandering toward Virginia Street and Midtown.

In addition to bikers, skaters, and dancers, you will encounter some of your favorite local businesses and organizations along the way.

Get your heart rate up by joining in any variety of activities such as Zumba, kickboxing, fencing, hula hooping, jump roping or hopscotch. Or take a breather after strolling with yoga, Qi Gong or a chair massage.

A stage will be set up near the Hub Coffee Roasters on Riverside Drive and feature a variety of cooking, exercising, music and drumming segments throughout the day. Reno Taiko Tsurunokai will perform Taiko drumming; the band 7-Out will provide music; and a free photo booth will be available. 

During three cooking demonstrations, Renown Chef Justin Bart will whip up delicious fall dishes and provide the audience with samples. Howard Chen, MD, medical director of Preventative and Integrative Medicine at Renown Health, will present a Qi Gong demo, and Mena Spodobalski from Evoke Fitness will lead the crowd in an energetic kickboxing/body weight boot camp.


10 a.m.

Food demonstration with Renown Chef Justin Bart

10:45 a.m.

Qi Gong with Howard Chen, MD, medical director Preventative and Integrative Medicine, Renown Health

11:30 a.m.

Food demonstration with Renown Chef Justin Bart

12:15 p.m.

Kickboxing and Body Weight Bootcamp with Mena Spodobalski, Evoke Fitness

1 p.m.

7-Out, live music

1:45 p.m.

Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, Taiko Drumming

2:30 p.m.

Food demonstration with Renown Chef Justin Bart