Atlanta Streets Alive to include more events, neighborhoods

A popular event involves temporarily closing city streets to vehicular traffic so that bicyclists and pedestrians can frolic without fear will be held on four occasions this year, and will connect more neighborhoods than ever before.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will host four Atlanta Streets Alive events in 2016. The first will be from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Historic West End. The four-mile route will connect the neighborhoods of Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill and Grant Park.

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Edgewood Ave. is filled with pedestrians and bike riders as the street was closed for Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, May 23, 2010. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Other events will be held on June 12 and Oct. 23 from Downtown to Midtown, and on Sept. 25 in Atlanta eastside neighborhoods.

This Sunday’s event kicks off with a 2 p.m. Great Bicycle Parade starting at Zoo Atlanta. Participants are invited to dress up like zoo animals.

Other activities include music by singing groups and bands, bike polo, a Public Art Bike Tour of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, a pop-up chalk festival, dancing for all ages, kids games and zones and more.

Since 2009, Atlanta Streets Alive events have been hosted to help change the way people view the city’s streets — taking motorized vehicles out of the equation for an afternoon and allowing Atlantans to experience the benefits of people-filled, active neighborhoods.

To view a full map of the route, visit: http://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/schedule.

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