Open Streets ICT hits Douglas Ave. for second year

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It was a beautiful day for Open Streets ICT

Wichitans gathered on Douglas from College Hill to Delano for the second iteration of the community-building event. 

The event closed a usually busy street to traffic and opened it for biking, walking, running, dancing and other activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. 

Along with food and street vendors, attendees had a shot to send Mayor Jeff Longwell into a dunk tank for $5. 

Proceeds went to United Way. 

“I survived, the money goes to a great cause. We’re helping raise some money for united way, they’re taking care of Wichita and that’s what this is about, the community coming together,” said Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell. “So it’s a lot of love, I hope a lot of people come and dunk Ramsay, he deserves it. The mayor didn’t deserve it but it’s okay I survived.”

Longwell wasn’t the only one to get dunked. 

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, Councilman Pete Meitzner and Councilman Jeff Blubaugh also participated. 

One group took the time to promote bike safety while enjoying the fun along Douglas Avenue Sunday. 

The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association gave away 500 children’s helmets. 

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, children ages five to 14 go to emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries more than with any other sport. Many of those are head injuries. 

So Sunday, kids as young as toddlers were able to get the safety gear. 

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