Atlanta Streets Alive, West End

Atlanta Streets Alive was great today! Streets were closed to cars and open to human powered transport in the lovely historic West End neighborhood.

The route included the West End Trail of the Beltline. Another highlight: goats! It was definitely one of the best Streets Alive events I’ve been to — it drew a huge crowd and everyone looked to be having a good time.

My favorite part was seeing West Enders in front of their houses saying hi to visitors. It’s a friendly place.

Streets Alive Bicycle Parade
Another photo from Streets Alive yesterday. What a great turn out!Tons of people were out on bikes and skateboards and foot, walking up and down the city’s most famous street and having a great time.
I took this photo from the New Belgium beer stand on the interstate bridge, where I sold many, many beers — with part of the proceeds going to my Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association and part going to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
It was an event-filled weekend and I’m fairly exhausted from it, but I enjoyed seeing all these people having fun outdoors and celebrating their city.
Significant for me: I set aside my beloved kick scooter for the day and actually rode a bicycle on Peachtree. It was so much fun, and it strengthened my support of the effort to put bike lanes on this street. Sign the petition!

Streets Alive Bicycle Parade

Another photo from Streets Alive yesterday. What a great turn out!Tons of people were out on bikes and skateboards and foot, walking up and down the city’s most famous street and having a great time.

I took this photo from the New Belgium beer stand on the interstate bridge, where I sold many, many beers — with part of the proceeds going to my Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association and part going to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

It was an event-filled weekend and I’m fairly exhausted from it, but I enjoyed seeing all these people having fun outdoors and celebrating their city.

Significant for me: I set aside my beloved kick scooter for the day and actually rode a bicycle on Peachtree. It was so much fun, and it strengthened my support of the effort to put bike lanes on this street. Sign the petition!

Atlanta Streets Alive, Sunday September 8, 2013 | 2pm-6pm
This one crept up on me! I’d forgotten that another of these great Streets Alive events was happening in just a few days. This time, the route is going along Peachtree Street from the upper part of Midtown all the way to Mitchell Street Downtown.
For those who don’t know, Atlanta Streets Alive “takes a valuable public space - our city’s streets - and opens them up for people to play, walk, bike, breathe, and make their own.” It’s always a good time and a nice way to experience the streets on foot.
EDITED TO ADD:
Just found I that I will be pouring beer at the beer garden in Woodruff Park during Streets Alive. Fun! Here’s the info from Downtown Atlanta:

"2-6 p.m. We are turning Woodruff Park into a Family Fun Zone complete with live bluegrass music, fresh items from Sweet Auburn Curb Market, animals from Zoo Atlanta, a balloon artist and beer garden!"

Atlanta Streets Alive, Sunday September 8, 2013 | 2pm-6pm

This one crept up on me! I’d forgotten that another of these great Streets Alive events was happening in just a few days. This time, the route is going along Peachtree Street from the upper part of Midtown all the way to Mitchell Street Downtown.

For those who don’t know, Atlanta Streets Alive “takes a valuable public space - our city’s streets - and opens them up for people to play, walk, bike, breathe, and make their own.” It’s always a good time and a nice way to experience the streets on foot.

EDITED TO ADD:

Just found I that I will be pouring beer at the beer garden in Woodruff Park during Streets Alive. Fun! Here’s the info from Downtown Atlanta:

"2-6 p.m. We are turning Woodruff Park into a Family Fun Zone complete with live bluegrass music, fresh items from Sweet Auburn Curb Market, animals from Zoo Atlanta, a balloon artist and beer garden!"

downtownatlanta:

Real excited for Atlanta Streets Alive this Sunday, May 19! Stop by and see us at the intersection of Peachtree & Ellis Street 

I’ll be there rain or shine!

downtownatlanta:

Real excited for Atlanta Streets Alive this Sunday, May 19! Stop by and see us at the intersection of Peachtree & Ellis Street 

I’ll be there rain or shine!

Streets Alive takes over Peachtree Street on May 19

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It’s less that two weeks away! On Sunday, May 19, almost three miles of the famous Peachtree Street will be closed to cars and open to human-powered transportation for Atlanta Streets Alive. This route covers most of the street’s length through Midtown and Downtown and will run from 2pm-6pm.

Cyclists and pedestrians will enjoy musical entertainment and activities throughout the route. It’s a great event that I’ve been happy to see in Atlanta the last couple of years and I’m particularly excited for it to be on a high-profile street like this.

Saporta Report has a post about the event, tying it into the push for increased pedestrian infrastructure in Midtown. Here’s a quote:

Property owners were asked what should be the highest priority for the Midtown Improvement District to invest its money.

The No. 1 answer was pedestrian projects, such as sidewalks, streetlights and crossings with 58 percent saying it was a very high priority and 36 percent saying it was a high priority for a combined total of 94 percent.

“It seems to me as though there is widespread acceptance from everybody that walkable, urban places are where people want to be and where they want to invest,” said Kevin Green, president and CEO of the Midtown Alliance.


Oddly, the post also points to survey results that show property owners to not place nearly as much value in cycling. Maybe seeing the cyclists on Peachtree will change some minds. As I’ve posted before, cyclists are great customers for local businesses.

Wow! October’s Streets Alive is going to be huge.
EDIT — Whoops, it’s not going to be this huge
Maybe some day this will be a Streets Alive route, but it turns out the Oct 6, 2013 route has been significantly shortened. Take a look here.

Wow! October’s Streets Alive is going to be huge.

EDIT — Whoops, it’s not going to be this huge

Maybe some day this will be a Streets Alive route, but it turns out the Oct 6, 2013 route has been significantly shortened. Take a look here.

Streets Alive hits Peachtree Street in 2013

This is awesome — Streets Alive, the ciclovia-type event that closes an Atlanta street to cars, is going to be on the city’s main street for the first time in 2013.

Previous routes have been Edgewood Avenue from Downtown to Old Fourth Ward, and Highland Avenue alongside the NE Atlanta Beltline path. This time, the route will be on Peachtree Street and will go from Downtown at Edgewood Avenue all the way up to 17th Street in Midtown!

What a huge event this will be for the city, to have the main drag closed to cars and full of cyclists and pedestrians.

The date is May 19, 2013. Keep up with news on activities for the event at AtlantaStreetsAlive.com.

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