On Sunday, October 17, 2010, Atlantans have another chance to experience the streets of our beautiful city like never before. From 1-6pm, Atlanta Streets Alive! is once again taking back the streets for people to get active and get engaged. Bring out your bikes, rollerblades, and your best moves. There will be an hourly bike loop, hooping, jump rope, double dutch, frisbee, relay races, zumba, capoeira, kickboxing, tai chi, nia, …salsa, ecstatic, persian dance & poetry, circus performers, storytelling, music, art, and many more surprises. Be ready to learn to tango, stretch with some yoga, go on a bike rodeo adventure, and mingle with your friends and neighbors to the tunes of local musicians.
You spend enough time in your car already – come out and play in the street! For a map of the route, visit http://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/route-activities (more info on activities and participating businesses coming soon).
Kickoff is at 1pm at Woodruff Park!
The first ‘ciclovia’ started as a ground-breaking event in Bogotá, Colombia over 30 years ago when local activists, struggling with overwhelming traffic and unsafe spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists, worked to close a few blocks, then a few miles of city streets to cars and open them up for people.
Today, the Ciclovía is a major source of pride and recreation for millions of Bogotanos, as 30% of the city’s population (nearly 2 million) take to the streets every Sunday and holiday – on a route that now spans over 80 miles of road closures and seamlessly connects 70% of the city’s 20 diverse neighborhoods.
Similar events now take place in countries all over the world including the US, where in recent years, ciclovias have spread like wildfire to major cities including New York, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Miami.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with City Councilman Kwanza Hall and supported by organizations including Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control, and local universities have now brought the ciclovia experience to our fair city with Atlanta Streets Alive!
Sponsored by local businesses including The Coca-Cola Company, round two of Atlanta Streets Alive means we’re one step closer to making this a year-round program. See you on the streets!