A very, very cool event coming up this weekend. Straight from the source:
What, exactly, is Atlanta Streets Alive?
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 for the first time ever!
When is Atlanta Streets Alive?
Atlanta Streets Alive will be held on May 23rd from 1-6 p.m. in downtown Atlanta. The staging area will be located at Woodruff Park, on the corner of Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue.
How much does it cost?
Atlanta Streets Alive is absolutely free to all participants. Some will enjoy the route by bicycling, strolling, skating, or just people-watching. Others will participate in free group events such as tango, yoga, hula hooping, break dancing and other physical activities. These group events will be spaced out at various locations throughout the route. Information on these activities will be posted on this website as the date draws nearer.
Who can participate? Do I have to sign up?
Atlanta-area residents of all ages, families, local businesses, and visitors are all invited to join the fun. Everyone is welcome, no sign-ups required. Participants will enjoy this unique opportunity to safely enjoy the streets and experience their city in a new way. We are working with a wide range of organizations in Atlanta to coordinate activities along the route that take into account the city’s incredible diversity. There will be something for everyone!
How will Atlanta Streets Alive impact city traffic?
Atlanta Streets Alive will be held on a Sunday afternoon from 1-6 p.m., a time of the week with low auto traffic. We have carefully selected this time frame to avoid overlap with other large events going on throughout the city, and to allow those who attend church services to participate after services end.
Additionally, there will be “soft closures” with cross traffic allowed at a limited number of points 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.
Who will benefit?
Atlanta Streets Alive offers free and fun physical activity space to all Atlantans, and will provide open space in areas that have not been people-friendly in the past. Local businesses will benefit from increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic along commercial corridors. The event will provide a model of how cities can provide healthy, environmental friendly outdoor activities for their residents.