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.
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 we are bringing it to Atlanta! Our first Atlanta Streets Alive took place May 23, 2010 from 1-6 p.m. in downtown Atlanta, and we'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. Information on these activities will be posted on this website and our Facebook page as the date draws nearer.
Atlanta Streets Alive 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.