By Ellie Ritter, contributor
On Sunday, June 11, Atlanta Streets Alive will come to the Westside neighborhood for the very first time. The event, an initiative of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC), kicks off at 4 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m, according to an ABC press release. A four-mile stretch of Howell Mill Road. and Marietta Street will be closed to cars.
Atlanta Streets Alive invites Atlantans to walk, bike, skate or roll on two of Atlanta’s popular streets for an afternoon with no cars around. The event’s goal is to allow residents to “explore community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way,” according to their website.
The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with the Great Bicycle Parade, which is open to participants of all ages and starts downtown. Afterward, attendees can walk along the route and enjoy family-friendly activities. It will take place in conjunction with the Atlanta Cycling Festival.
ABC is also inviting local businesses and organizations to get involved, taking the opportunity to connect with their community in a new, personal way, the release said. Any organization or group can host one of the many free activities along the route as an “Activity Partner.”
Additionally, businesses along the route can extend onto the sidewalk by setting up cafe tables or displays. To learn more about this opportunity or to sign up, click here.
The featured activities include:
- Artist Showdown: Two artists going head-to-head on 6’ X 6’ canvases
- Face painting
- A mini-race demo of Adult Size Big Wheels
- Live music
- Line Dance and Zumba classes
For more details of this weekend’s Atlanta Streets Alive, and to view the route map, learn more about logistics, and explore ABC’s Atlanta Streets Alive initiative visit their website.
For more details about the parade’s meeting location and theme, visit the Facebook page.