Atlanta Streets Alive connects neighborhoods from Westview to Grant Park

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hosts its first Atlanta Streets Alive event of the year on April 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. joining seven neighborhoods with free, family-friendly events.

Related: The cyclist’s guide to Atlanta

Four miles of streets running through Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill and Grant Park will be closed off to cars. Only bikes, foot traffic and other people-powered machines are allowed.

100523 - Atlanta - Julia Hill, from Atlanta, juggles on stilts on Edgewood Ave. as part of the Imperial OPA Circus Troupe. Modeled after similar events from around the world, including Colombia, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Paris, the first-ever Atlanta Streets Alive took place on Edgewood Ave. from Woodruff Park to Randolph St. Sunday. Atlanta Streets Alive was a ciclovia where the organizers closed streets to cars and opened them to all kinds of organized activities -- including belly dancing, street performing, fitness, hula hoops, tai chi, and dancing, all for free. Hundred of participants rode their bikes or walked the streets and took part in activities. Sun, May 23, 2010 Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Julia Hill, from Atlanta, juggles on stilts on Edgewood Ave. as part of the Imperial OPA Circus Troupe during Atlanta Streets Alive on Edgewood Ave. in 2010.  Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

The event, previously contained to West End, was expanded this year after residents of Summerhill asked to have Atlanta Streets Alive come to their neighborhood.

Activities include music by a cappella groups and bands, a public art bike tour of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, a pop-up chalk festival, special events for kids and Zumba and line dancing for all ages.

To open the event, the Great Bicycle Parade begins at 2 p.m. (meet at 1:30 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta where Georgia Avenue intersects with Cherokee Avenue). You can add to the fun by dressing up as your favorite zoo animal.

Related: Zoo Atlanta welcomes baby animals big and small

There will be three more Atlanta Streets Alive events in 2016. To view a full map of the route and for more information, visit:  http://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/schedule.

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