On Sunday, September 29, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will activate 4.8 miles of Cascade Road and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard for Atlanta Streets Alive - Southwest. We'll close the streets to cars and open them for people to walk, roll, bike, and play!



The fun kicks off in front of the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve at the intersection of Cascade Road and Veltre Circle where you can join in the official opening of the street followed by a parade of the route. Parade lineup and opening remarks are at 1:30 pm followed by a 2:00 pm parade launch. All are welcome to walk, roll, and stroll! FREE parade decorations are available while supplies last.



History, culture, spirit, and pride are dominant themes in Atlanta’s Southwest neighborhoods and communities. Another aspect of life for residents in Southwest Atlanta is greater exposure to severe or fatal injuries from traffic collisions. Despite higher rates of walking and transit usage, communities in the Southwest have some of the lowest sidewalk coverage in our city.


Safe and complete streets improve connectivity to transit, jobs, schools, social and recreational destinations, healthcare, and other services. The way to achieve safe, complete, and inclusive streets is through community engagement -- that's why we involved community members of Southwest Atlanta in helping us select this route. Whether we are advocating for bike lanes, safe crossings, or Complete Streets, all the streets in our city should be safe for all people.


Join us as we mobilize community support for safe streets for all. 



After participating in our opening program and kickoff parade Sunday afternoon, visit Activity Partners and Route Hosts along the route for a wealth of interactive experiences and family-friendly fun hosted by community organizations, local businesses, and our sponsors. You can explore the open street from end to end, or enter and exit the route at any cross street and any time during the four-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

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 carpooling with friends/family is always best. 

View MARTA bus re-routes.

In addition to safe streets, Atlanta Streets Alive is intended to promote sustainable transportation, including transit. We recognize that Route 71 is a vital bus line for this corridor and are working with MARTA to create bus route accessibility.

Street Closures and Detours 

All cross streets open to car traffic.

All dead-end streets into the route will be closed to traffic one block back (local traffic and neighbors will be able to access this area)

Streets Closed To Cars



Approx. Time Closed

Approx. Time Opened

Cascade Rd

Veltre Cir

Centra Villa Drive

12:00 PM

7:30 PM

Cascade Ave

Centra Villa Drive

Ralph David Abernathy Blvd

12:00 PM

7:30 PM

Ralph David Abernathy Blvd

W Ontario Ave

Lowery Blvd

12:00 PM

7:30 PM




The H. E. Holmes MARTA station is the closest to the starting location of the kickoff parade. It is a 30-minute bike ride from the station via the Lionel Hampton Trail. West Lake, Ashby, and West End MARTA Stations are also close to the route. 


By Bike

Use Google Maps bike routing tools to find the best route to get there by bike. The route is near both the Lionel Hampton Trail and the Atlanta BeltLine. 


By Foot & Other Human-Powered Wheels

The Southwest route is accessible by foot and other ther human-powered modes of mobility, like bikes, scooters, wheel chairs, and skateboards among others. Participants can enter the route through multiple different neighborhoods at any point along the route. Motorized and human-powered modes of transportation must adhere to a speed limit of 8 miles per.

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.


Safe Streets for ALL

Biking down Cascade Road and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard can be eye-opening for a lot of people. Over and over, participants of Atlanta Streets Alive share how the experience sparks their realization of what a useful route this would be if it were safe and accessible for walking and biking.

Through Atlanta Streets Alive, we create an environment we hope will evolve into tangible, communal changes – including infrastructure changes. All streets in Atlanta should be safe for everyone to use!



Come out to celebrate Southwest Atlanta and visit AtlantaBike.org to see our vision for transforming Atlanta's High Injury Network streets into livable, accessible, and equitable public spaces that strengthen and connect our communities with opportunities to thrive.


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