Atlanta Streets Alive Cross-City

WE'RE READY FOR 8.8+ MILES OF OPEN STREETS!

Photo: Kid jumping in the rain at Atlanta Streets Alive: Southside 2017 | Photo credit: Erik Voss

There's some rain in the forecast, but we'll still be opening streets for people. If you want Atlanta streets to be alive every day, you can't let a little rain get in your way! By showing up, you'll showcase just how much we need safe streets for all.

 

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 Avenue 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 edition of Atlanta Streets Alive 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 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

KICKOFF PARADE

The fun kicks off at the junction of Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road where you can join in the official opening of the street followed by a parade of the route. Parade lineup is at 1:30 pm for a 2:00 pm 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 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.

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Street Closures and Detours

View Marta Bus Re-routes

You’ve probably seen Yoyo Ferro's bright and colorful murals around town, but have you seen our 2019 Atlanta Streets Alive special edition t-shirts?

Visit an Atlanta Bicycle Coalition tent on June 9 where a $25 donation gets you this exclusive tee + a one-year Atlanta Bicycle Coalition membership -- we've got kids sizes too. You can find us at the 8th Street Hub in Home Park, the Five Points Hub in Downtown, and the Inman Park-Reynoldstown Hub at Hurt Street.

Shirts will be exclusively available at any of our three Atlanta Streets Alive activations.

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 route on Howell Mill Rd, Marietta St, DeKalb Ave, and Decatur St:

*Note: Any street that dead ends 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.)

Streets Closed To Cars

From

To

Time Closed

Approx. Time Opened

Howell Mill Rd.

Chattahoochee Ave.

West Marietta St.

12:00 PM

9:30 PM

Marietta St.

West Marietta St.

Peachtree St.

12:00 PM

9:30 PM

Decatur St.

Peachtree St.

Airline St.

12:00 PM

9:30 PM

DeKalb Ave.

Airline St.

(Atlanta Streets Alive route)

Ridgecrest Rd.

(City of Decatur Extension)

12:00 PM

9:30 PM

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By MARTA or STREETCAR

This route is also accessible by six Marta stations-- You can use any rail line between Five Points Station in Downtown to the East Lake Station in Decatur to access the route. For bus route options, please see above. Hop on or off the Atlanta Streetcar at the Woodruff Park stop.  

 

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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.

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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?