EVENT ENCOURAGES ATLANTANS TO DITCH THEIR CARS FOR THE DAY

BY: Karon Warren

On June 9, enjoy Atlanta like never before when some of its streets close down to cars and open up to pedestrians. Through Atlanta Streets Alive, an initiative of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the cross-city route will stretch nearly 9 miles from east to west along Howell Mill Road, Marietta Street, Decatur Street and DeKalb Avenue, connecting 21 neighborhoods.

Started in 2010 along Edgewood Avenue with 5,000 participants, the event now attracts more than 130,000 attendees. In addition to walking, biking and scootering along the route, participants can enjoy games, exercise classes, live music, street performances and more. “The open street environment of Atlanta Streets Alive lends itself to impromptu social gatherings and the discovery of local businesses that are often missed from within the confines of a car,” says Atlanta Bicycle Coalition program manager Heather Luyk.

ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE–CROSS-CITY
June 9, 2-8 p.m. Free
Check website for route
404.881.1112, ext. 1
atlantastreetsalive.com/cross-city