Peterborough PULSE

 Peterborough Pulse runs every July and is the city’s largest Open Streets event. Open Streets temporarily transform our largest public space – our streets – into a paved park. Streets once filled with cars instead fill with families pushing strollers, dog-walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers, art installations and more. Pulse wants to inspire Peterborough to become the healthiest and happiest city it can be. By opening the streets to people, Peterborough Pulse promotes healthy and active communities, local business, and interactions among neighbours.

As an annual community event, Peterborough Pulse:

  1. Promotes healthy living
  • Provides free and inclusive recreation for people of all ages & abilities
  • Creates outdoor space where physical activity is accessible, social, and fun
  • Encourages active transportation, including walking, biking, skateboarding, rolling, and more
  1. Reimagines public space
  • Enables you to use active transportation
  • Demonstrates the benefits of people-friendly streets by creating space for people and active transportation
  • Showcases exciting examples of livable urban design, including pop-up parks, street cafes, pedestrian markets, bike parking, and more
  1. Celebrates the downtown
  • Draws tourism into your downtown
  • Showcases local businesses, restaurants, and shops along the route
  • Spotlights the vibrancy and excitement of shopping downtown
  1. Enhances community bonds
  • Celebrates your city’s community and culture
  • Connects you to your community and each other
  • Introduces you to local groups and organizations

Program History

‘Open Streets’ is a global initiative that has been sweeping North America for over 40 years as a way to promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and livable cities. In 2014, 100+ cities hosted Open Streets events, including Hamilton, Waterloo, Ottawa, Toronto, and Thunder Bay. Pulse has been an annual event since 2015, and is a collaborative project of City of Peterborough, Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area, GreenUP, Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, B!KE, and Peterborough Square.

Program Contact Information

Name: Hillary Flood
Position: Transportation and Urban Design Project Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 205
Fax: 705-745-4413
Email: hillary.flood@greenup.on.ca

Partners

Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health

City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough

B!KE

B!KE

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

Ontario Government

Ontario Government

Peterborough Square

Peterborough Square

Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee

Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee

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