Get ready to ditch the car and hit the streets with your feet, bike, skates, or scooter.
Next month, Atlanta Streets Alive returns with three events for 2019. Starting on April 7, the first event features the “Central” route, the flagship route for the sixth consecutive year.
From 2 to 6 p.m., pedestrians will take over 3.1 miles of Peachtree Street, traveling through Midtown and downtown without a motorized vehicle in sight—unless, of course, it’s parked, or stuck at a cross-street.
To get the celebration going, Atlanta Streets Alive kicks off at the intersection of Peachtree and 16th streets in Midtown with a parade. Lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. start. Participants will receive free bike decorations while supplies last.
Peachtree Street will be closed from Mitchell Street to 17th Street for motorized vehicles starting at 12:30 p.m. and will reopen at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Cross-streets Peachtree Place, Fourth Street, and Edgewood Avenue also will be closed to crossing car traffic during this time.
Then, on June 9, Atlanta Streets Alive embarks on its first “cross-city” trek, with a huge route stretching between Underwood Hills and Decatur.
Given the extra distance in this route, the event will run longer, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Finally, on Sept. 29, the event moves to the city’s southwestern corner, although that particular route is yet to be announced.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the event’s founder, sought input from the Southwest Atlanta community regarding their opinion on what the exact route should be, but has not revealed the results.
Update: According to ABC officials, the survey regarding the Southwest route is still open until March 13. Southwest Atlanta residents are asked to weigh in with their thoughts on selecting the route.
Additional details regarding road closures for the June and September events have not been provided, but should be updated on the Atlanta Streets Alive website as those dates approach.
During each individual event, look for activity partners and hosts along the route for interactive experiences. This free event, as always, is open to all ages.
An initiative of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, this celebration of non-motorized vehicles first debuted in Atlanta in 2010 along Edgewood Avenue with just 5,000 participants.
Since then, the event has swelled to as many as 130,000 attendees.
This article was updated to reflect the new survey deadline regarding the Southwest route.