Experience Human Powered Amusement
Due to the success of the May 20th event this year, Atlanta Streets Alive is returning to North Highland Avenue on Sunday, October 7th from 2pm-6pm. This fall event will connect six neighborhoods – Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Atkins Park, Midtown and Virginia Highland – along two miles of North Highland Avenue, one mile of Virginia Avenue and nearly two miles of the newly finished Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. This means Atlanta citizens will be able to experience five miles of car-free human powered amusement.
What to expect on October 7th
Expect some 15,000 neighbors and fellow Atlantans to come out to the streets. Expect bikers, runners, and walkers interacting with dancers, yoga masters, street hockey, four-square, hop-scotch, belly-dancing, bike polo, double-dutch, zumba, capoeira, and so much more along the open streets. Expect more than 40 activity partners, including local bikes shops offering minor repairs (Outback Bikes, Intown Bicycles, Snyder Cycles, Sopo Bike Coop, and REI), Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, Free Poems on Demand, a “Pop Up Art” performance from Park Pride, and even Parkour Basics. Activities are free and designed for all ages and all physical activity levels.
Special Events and Activities
Kick off the event by joining the Great Atlanta Halloween Bicycle Parade as it lines up at the intersection of Sampson and Highland Avenue in Old Fourth Ward at 1:30pm and starts at 2pm. Enjoy exciting activities, scavenger hunts, urban adventures, sidewalk displays and street sales offered by local businesses, and find out what a parklet is. Restaurants and food trucks will open their doors, building sidewalk cafés, creating street friendly food menus, and partnering with New Belgium Brewing so that all attendees are satisfied after an afternoon of healthy active living. Then make a stop at Ponce City Market on the BeltLine to enjoy tours during the event followed by a secret performance at 7pm. All that activity is sure to make participants thirsty, so just stop by one of the three Vitamin Water stations sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. For a complete map of activities, go here.
Why Atlanta Streets Alive?
Atlanta Streets Alive —now in its fourth year—is a biannual people-powered event in our notoriously car-centric city. Atlanta has a disconnected 30 miles of bicycle lanes, a tremendous and expensive backlog of broken sidewalks, and relatively low (but growing) rates of bicycle commuting and walking. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and partners seek to shift these dynamics and replace them with a proactive community that comes together on a regular basis to participate in active transportation, physical activity, and cultural and artistic endeavors. Atlanta Streets Alive is a chance for neighbors, businesses and advocates for a better city to enjoy our neighborhoods and communities from a different perspective – on foot, from the street.
Inspired by Open Streets Projects
Atlanta Streets Alive is an event inspired by open streets projects all over the world. The idea originated in Bogotá, Colombia, where neighborhood activists open 70 miles of streets every Sunday for over 800,000 people to bike, skate, or use any human powered means of transportation. “Atlanta Streets Alive helps people of all ages and athletic ability to feel comfortable participating in active transportation, whether for fun, fitness or commuting,” noted Rebecca Serna, ABC’s Executive Director.
Partners and Sponsors
While Atlanta Streets Alive is organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the event could not happen without the support of our organizing partners and generous sponsors. This year, The Coca-Cola Company stepped up as the presenting sponsor and will help make Atlanta Streets Alive a reality for Spring 2013 and Fall 2013. We are also proud to have the support of Ponce City Market as our event sponsor and look forward to its continued community involvement along the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Atlanta BeltLine Inc. have been terrific partners in planning this event. We also owe tremendous thanks to 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. These members believed in the power of Atlanta Streets Alive from the beginning. New Belgium Brewing is another key sponsor of Atlanta Streets Alive and continues to support the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition through its many bicycle friendly programs and events. We also thank our sponsors REI, AM 1690, Scoutmob, Creative Loafing and Boot Camp for a Cause for being community sponsors. To become a corporate sponsor, please contact Rebecca Serna at Rebecca@atlantabike.org.
Media & Interviews
Opening remarks will be held at 1:45pm on Sunday, October 7th, at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Corley Street (near Highland Bakery & P’Cheen), prior to the bicycle parade at 2pm. Brief remarks from Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, City Council Member Kwanza Hall, Ponce City Market, and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will take place at 1:45 pm
Location: Five mile route from N. Highland Avenue from Glen Iris to Virginia Ave, and on Virginia Ave to Monroe and the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
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