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Pokémon Go to Shut Down Streets for Public Events

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st event in Charlotte, NC will close car traffic for pedestrian and bicycle traffic on May 7

Game developer Niantic is partnering with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to host community events for Niantic's games (Ingress, Pokémon Go) in public spaces in the United States. The events will involve temporarily closing off car traffic on certain city streets, and opening them for pedestrian and bicycle traffic to promote interaction, dancing, playing, and other events. The events will take players on a predetermined tour route through the area, and will include in-game events along the way, such as PokéStops and Gyms.

The first of these events will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 7, and will coincide with Open Streets 704, a separate community event that similarly will close car traffic for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The event is experimental, and will collaborate with the Open Streets 704 event to feature Pokémon Go-related content.

The Pokémon Go app launched in select countries including the United States on July 6, and has since launched in more than 50 countries.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac (Jordan Khan)

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