Sunday marked the first event of 2016 for the initiative Atlanta Streets Alive. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Atlanta Streets Alive temporarily closes a street or number of streets to car to create a “healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience.”
Inspired by open streets projects around the world, such as the “Une Journée Sans Voiture” – A Day Without Car – in Paris last fall, Atlanta Streets Alive is holding four events this year. Bicycles are encouraged but feet, and skateboards and rollerblades, and even the occasional penny-farthing (that bike with the one big wheel in the front – really, apparently at least one person in Atlanta owns one of these) are also a popular transportation option for streets alive events. The goal is to shift Atlanta’s culture to, according to their website, “to become a more liveable city – building community and highlighting neighborhood pride, providing healthy activities  for Atlanta residents and visitors.” Nearly 180,000 Atlantans participated in events in 2015.


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