Two Launceston streets will be closed to cars next week, but not for the usual reasons.
Following the Launceston Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7, St John Street and the Avenue will remain closed for an additional four hours as part of the City of Launceston council's Tomorrow Together community engagement program.
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said the council would use the event to seek community feedback on transport and accessibility related topics.
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Several stalls will provide information on road safety and new bus timetables for next year.
Metro buses in and out of the city will be free on the day, and St John Street and the Avenue will host children's activities, a scooter stunt course, face painting, a jumping castle, and entertainment.
"It is really only a few times a year that we close a CBD street to traffic, and when that occurs it is usually for major community events like the Christmas Parade," Cr van Zetten said.
"But we thought it might be interesting to see how people utilise a street closure once an event has finished and the streetscape can be opened up to other options, whether that's shopping, cycling, or activities and entertainment.
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"So this year we will leave the St John Street and the Avenue road closures in place from after the Christmas Parade at noon until 4pm, and we'll essentially open the street up to pedestrians, cyclists, shoppers, and anyone who wants to utilise it.
"We're hoping the event sparks some ideas from the community, and we'll be there on the day to take on board any feedback from the public."
The Open Streets event is being coordinated alongside the Department of State Growth and the University of Tasmania.