Atlanta Streets Alive Cross-City

 

WHEN AND WHERE

On Sunday, June 9, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is activating our longest route yet! We're combining our Eastside and Westside routes into one slightly audacious and delightfully cohesive Atlanta Streets Alive Cross-City, activating Dekalb Ave and Decatur Street, all the way to Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road!

But, wait. There's even more in store for our June activation! Not to miss out on the fun and connectivity, the City of Decatur will launch its first open streets by adding West Howard Avenue to the mix, bringing the newest addition to the Atlanta Streets Alive lineup to almost 10 miles. You'll be able to roll or walk all the way from Underwood Hills to Decatur! We're going to need more time for this one, so we're extending it to six hours of open streets, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm.

 

KICKOFF PARADE

The fun kicks off at the junction of Marietta St. and Howell Mill Rd. where you can join in the official opening of the street followed by a parade of the route. Parade lineup is at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm launch. FREE bike decorations available while supplies last!

 

EXPLORE

After the opening program and kickoff parade Downtown, make your way through 21 neighborhoods visiting Activity Partners and Route Hosts along the route for a wealth of interactive experiences hosted by community organizations, local businesses, and our sponsors. You can also enter or exit the route at any cross street at any anytime during the six-hour activation.

Atlanta Streets Alive is FREE and FUN for all ages. Bring your friends and family, and share in the experience of enjoying our city streets as public space.

The Route

2019 Atlanta Streets Alive - Cross-City Map

Atlanta Streets Alive Cross-City

Atlanta Streets Alive Cross-City

The Details

    1. It’s FREE and for EVERYONE. No matter the age, ability or neighborhood you rep, even if you have no clue what exactly an Open Street is, get out and onto the street. We promise you'll like it!

    2. Hop on the route wherever is most convenient for you. Remember there’s no BEGINNING or END and the flow of people is like a two-way street -- it goes both ways!

    3. The streets are open for you to EXPLORE your CITY without the intensity of car traffic -- stroll or roll to eat, shop, play, socialize or simply enjoy the outdoors. The possibilities are endless.

    4. OPT out of TRAFFIC! Getting to Atlanta Streets Alive is easy by MARTA, by bike or any human-powered mode of transportation. Consider challenging yourself to leave your car at home all day and, if you have to drive, then with friends/family is always best. 

Streets closed to car traffic intersecting event route on Howell Mill Rd, Marietta St, DeKalb Ave, and Decatur St:

*Note: Any street that deadends into the route will be closed to traffic one block back, however local traffic and neighbors will be able to access this area)

17th St (access to Howell Mill Rd) Boulevard (access to Decatur St)
West Marietta (access to Marietta Moreland (access to DeKalb Ave
  1. View our Google Map for street closures and detours. - TBD

  2. Our full listing of street closures and bus re-routes is also available for your reference. - TBD

Streets Closed To Cars

From

To

Time Closed

Approx. Time Opened

Howell Mill Rd

Chattahoochee Ave

West Marietta St

12:30p

9:30p

Marietta St

West Marietta St

Peachtree St

12:30p

9:30p

Decatur St

Peachtree St

Airline St

12:30p

9:30p

DeKalb Ave

Airline St

(Atlanta Streets Alive route)

Ridgecrest Rd

(City of Decatur Extension)

12:30p

9:30p

#OptOutofTraffic

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By MARTA or STREETCAR

The Five Points MARTA station is the closest to the starting location of the kickoff parade in Downtown. This route is also accessible by six Marta stations--from the Five Points Station in Downtown to the East Lake Station in Decatur. For bus route options, please see above. Hop on or off the Atlanta Streetcar at the Woodruff Park stop.  

There are multiple stations close to the starting location of the kick-off parade. You can use any rail line between Edgewood/Candler Park and Five Points to access the route. 

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By Bike

Use Google Maps bike routing tools to find the best route to get there by bike. You may also use Atlanta's various bike share and scooter options. This route connects with the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, PATH Parkway near Georgia Tech, and the Stone Mountain Trail in Decatur.

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By Foot & Other Human-Powered Wheels

The Cross-City route is accessible by foot and other human-powered modes of mobility and is in walking distance to 21 neighborhoods! 

Photographers will be active at Atlanta Streets Alive. If you do not wish to be in photos, please remove yourself from the view of the camera.

 

Theme: Build Safe Streets

Two Complete Streets projects bookend the Cross-City route. Don’t let this opportunity slip away. This is about connectivity, mobility, and safety. Whether this is a pipe-dream or reality depends on what happens in early 2019 around the Renew Atlanta prioritization list.

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Biking down DeKalb Avenue and Decatur Street during Atlanta Streets Alive Eastside this year was eye-opening for a lot of people. Over and over, participants shared how the experience sparked their realization of what a useful route this would be if it were safe and accessible for walking and biking.

 

 

In its first year of connecting neighborhoods along Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road, Atlanta Streets Alive - Westside had a similar impact. Residents thanked us for allowing them to have a peaceful moment next to the Water Works Reservoir rather than being stuck in their cars, feeling stressed and anxious about traffic.

 Take the pledge and stay in the loop!

Atlanta’s cultural shift from car-centric to people-powered is starting to reflect in its street design. During the 2018 Westside street activation, we held a ribbon cutting with the City of Atlanta for the Marietta Street improvements, including bike lanes on the stretch north of Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard. Meanwhile, for DeKalb Avenue, plans to extend the multi-use trail that currently ends at Rocky Ford Road and remove the reversible lane are advancing. The type of safe access for people outside of cars that Atlanta Streets Alive allowed us all to experience and envision on this corridor is taking shape.

You probably noticed these two routes (and all our 2018 routes) met in the middle, at Five Points -- intentionally connecting neighborhoods and business districts to the heart of Atlanta. But, have you ever tried to get across town, from East Lake to the West Midtown district?