For our cyclists and pedestrians: EXPERIENCE HUMAN POWERED AMUSEMENT ON NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE, SUNDAY MAY 20th 2-6 PM. On Sunday, May 20th from 2-6pm, you can experience the joy of open streets along a two mile stretch of North Highland Avenue. With the support of Atlanta City Council members Aaron Watson, Post 2 At-Large, Alex Wan, District 6, Kwanza Hall, District 2, Carla Smith, District 1, and Lamar Willis, Post 3 At-Large, this event transforms neighborhood streets into a coordinated cultural experience starring physical activity, the arts, and sustainable communities.
Amusing activities are planned all along the route including the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade, a walking play produced by Wonderroot, StoryCorps, viaCycle bike check-outs, CNU Atlanta and Tactical Urbanism, laughter yoga, salsa, double dutch, boot camp, Soccer in the Streets, kung fu, tai chi, cornhole, a bicycle rodeo and so much more. Starting at Virginia Ave near Murphy’s restaurant, the route traverses five Atlanta neighborhoods: Virginia Highland, Atkins Park, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park, and the Old Fourth Ward, ending at the Highland Bakery. The route connects to the popular Freedom Park Trail and the Atlanta BeltLine project.
“Our vision is to develop healthy, living streets that appeal to people outside of their cars. Closing the street to cars four hours on a Sunday afternoon allows people to truly meet their streets by encouraging walking, biking, visiting local businesses and interacting with neighbors,” said Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC), the nonprofit organizing the partnership.
Atlanta Streets Alive is inspired by open streets projects all over the world. The idea originated in Bogotá, Colombia, where neighborhood activists opened the streets for people to bike, skate, or use any human-powered transportation, while temporarily closing them to motor vehicles. In Bogotá today, the city opens 70 miles of streets to over 800,000 people – young and old, on foot, bike, and every imaginable kind of wheeled device – who take part each week.
“What a wonderful way to enjoy our beautiful city. This event not only encourages healthy activity but healthy commerce with the many restaurants and shops in the neighborhoods. I look forward to riding my bike down North Highland and invite every Atlantan to join me,” said Aaron Watson, Atlanta City Council Member At-Large.
Other sponsors include REI, AM 1690, Cigna HealthCare, Boot Camp 4 A Cause, SugarCoat, Creative Loafing, Scoutmob, Atkins Park, Pure Taqueria, RateCapital Inc., The Highland Inn, Kimley Horn & Associates, Video Drome, HalfMoon Outfitters, Untie Atlanta, Roswell Bikes, Youngblood, Frutella, P’Cheen and San Francisco Coffee.
Join us on May 20th on North Highland Avenue and experience human powered amusement.
Location: 2 mile route from Virginia Ave to Corley St.
Facebook: Atlanta Streets Alive
Media Contact: Rebecca Serna
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About the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
ABC’s mission is to create a healthier, more sustainable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to bicycle for fun, fitness, and transportation. Bicycling helps everyone by creating a higher quality of life through improved public health, cleaner air, less congestion, and stronger communities. Our programs include bike safety classes, advocacy for better conditions for cycling and greater investments in bicycle infrastructure, bike rack installation, valet service at festivals, events including the BeltLine Bike Tour and Atlanta Streets Alive, monthly social rides, and member discounts at local businesses. To learn more visit www.atlantabike.org.