Atlanta Streets Alive 2016

Filed in Events by on April 1, 2016

Atlanta Streets Alive 2016

Atlanta Streets Alive 2016 is a program inspired by open streets projects all over the world. Atlanta Streets Alive is an initiative of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, shifting Atlanta’s culture to become a more liveable city – building community and highlighting neighborhood pride, providing healthy activities  for Atlanta residents and visitors, and educating the masses on transportation options to get where you work, live, and play. Atlanta Streets Alive does all these things by removing cars temporarily from key Atlanta streets, and opening them up for people. It creates public spaces for all and helps people think differently about streets in their communities.

In 2015, 179,000 Atlantans explored open streets safe for walking and biking and celebrated our unique neighborhoods and business districts. Bring your bicycle or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way. Atlanta Streets Alive 2016 will offer four different dates:

Sunday April 17, 2-6 pm

Expanding the Historic West End route connecting seven Atlanta neighborhoods via Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Georgia Ave. Neighborhoods include, from west to east: Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, and Grant Park.

Sunday, June 12, 4-8 pm

In tandem with the Atlanta Cycling Festival, celebrating Atlanta’s signature Peachtree Street, from Downtown Atlanta to Midtown Atlanta.

Sunday, September 25, 2-6 pm

Connecting four Atlanta eastside neighborhoods via North Highland, Highland Ave, and Boulevard. Neighborhoods include Virginia-Highland, Atkins Park, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park, and Old Fourth Ward.

Sunday, October 23, 2-6 pm

Final Atlanta Streets Alive of the year on Peachtree Street, from Downtown Atlanta to Midtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Streets Alive was inspired by the ciclovia in Bogotá, Colombia, where city streets are closed to car traffic to allow people to participate in all kinds of free health and community-oriented events. Thirty years after the first program, the concept has spread around the world from Tokyo, Japan to Kiev, Ukraine. Now it has been brought to Atlanta! The first Atlanta Streets Alive took place May 23, 2010 from 1-6 p.m. in Downtown Atlanta, and they’ve since held over 11 events in 13+ neighborhoods.

Atlanta Streets Alive is absolutely free to all participants. You can enjoy the open streets route by biking, strolling, skating, or just people-watching. Or you can take part in free activities like tango, yoga, hula hooping, break dancing and more, clustered in “activity hubs” along the route.

Atlanta Streets Alive 2016 is held on Sunday afternoons, a time of the week with relatively low motorized traffic. We carefully selected this time to avoid overlap with other large events going on throughout the city, and to allow those who attend religious services on Sunday to participate.

Additionally, there will be “soft closures” with cross traffic allowed at most intersections along the route and auto access for residents and businesses located within the closed route. This type of closure has worked very well in other cities around the world. Traffic will be monitored and future events will reflect any needed changes.

Atlanta Streets Alive is for everyone. It offers free and fun activities for Atlanta residents and visitors, turns streets into temporary parks in areas without many parks and that are not always people-friendly. Local businesses benefit from increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic along commercial corridors. Atlanta Streets Alive models how cities can provide healthy, environmental-friendly outdoor activities for their residents. Celebrate the unique character and community spirit of Atlanta neighborhoods. Reclaim public streets for the people – streets that appeal to people walking and biking, businesses, and neighbors. Click here for more information on Atlanta Streets Alive 2016.

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Aaron Hofmann is the founder of AllAboutAtlantaHomes.com and also a Realtor with Atlanta Communities focused on the Atlanta real estate market. Aaron is a transplant from the Midwest (amazingly not a native Atlantan) and has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years and has developed a love for this city and desire to share with current and new Atlanta residents.

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