PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Thousands are expected to participate in another Open Streets event this weekend.
Last month, the city held its first Open Streets event, where several miles of Penn Avenue were closed to cars to make rooms for street events, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Two more Open Streets events are expected to take place this Sunday and again on July 26.
But local business owners are divided over whether or not they’re fans of the event.
Some businesses say the increased foot traffic was good for revenue, but others say the lack of access for drivers meant a drop in business.
The owner of Enrico Biscotti Bakery and Café says he saw an increase in business of 30 percent, where the owner of Strip District Meats says he lost around $10,000 in sales.
“Originally we were very worried that there was going to be no foot traffic whatsoever and it was going to completely kill business and it was the busiest Sunday we’ve ever had,” said Sam Lagattuta with Enrico Biscotti Bakery.
But Ray Turkas with Strip District Meats says he saw a 20 percent dip.
“It’s not a good thing for me, because no one is going to come down on a bicycle or a skateboard and buy a meat order and take it home, so it’s another lost day for us.”
More than 15,000 people participated in last month’s Open Streets event.
This Sunday’s event will include a cycling tour, walking tour, Yoga in the Square, Salsa in the Streets and numerous other physical activities and events throughout the day.
Check out the rest of the events here.