If you always wanted to ride your bike down the middle of the street – without worrying about getting hit by a car – you can do that on Sunday.
A 3-mile stretch of North Highland, Highland Avenue and Boulevard will be closed down to motorized traffic from 2 – 6 p.m. on September 25 for Atlanta Streets Alive. People on foot, bikes, skates and other human-powered activities are welcome to fill the streets, according to the website. The event is an initiative of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
The event kicks off with a bike parade beginning in Virginia Highlands at the intersection of North Highland and Virginia Avenue Northeast. The parade will be led by Chantelle Rytter, the artist behind events like the Beltline Lantern Parade. Parade participants, who are invited to wear green to support neighborhood greenways, should start lining up at 1:30 p.m. The first fifty bikes to join the parade will get free decorations.
In addition to the bike parade, community groups and businesses will set up café tables and displays along the closed streets. Anyone can hop onto the route wherever it is most convenient.
The Atlanta Bike Coalition began the Atlanta Streets Alive initiative in 2010. This year, they will host four different events that closes down streets in various parts of Atlanta for an afternoon.
Atlanta Streets Alive is part of an open streets movement around the world that includes events to encourage people to drive less.
For more information and to see a route of the closed streets, click.
Information about detours for closed streets:
Monroe/Boulevard south bound traffic will be directed west at North Ave intersection.
Elizabeth St crossing N. Highland will be exit only.
Boulevard north bound traffic will be directed east on Highland Ave at Highland intersection.