FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Serna
Executive Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
-- Atlantans’ rapidly growing interest in open-street events shows demand and need for more pedestrian and pedal-friendly areas --
ATLANTA (October 2, 2014) – On Sept. 28, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition held its final “Atlanta Streets Alive” for the year, seeing event attendance dramatically increase compared to the year before. With 83,000 attendees on a similar route in 2013, the just-wrapped event attracted approximately as many as 23,000 additional people (even with looming clouds). Total attendance was estimated between 95,000-106,000.
The substantial increase in attendance wowed the event’s organizer, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, but reinforced the importance of the nonprofit’s efforts to help make Atlanta a more walkable city, as well as a top 10 city for cycling by 2016.
"Seeing so many people biking and walking just blew us away," says Rebecca Serna. "It just shows how much Atlantans want streets that are open for biking and walking. We especially loved seeing Boulevard full of people playing in the street, hearing hoots of joy as people whizzed down the hills of North Avenue, and experiencing our first-ever bike traffic jam on Highland."
For the event, the city closed a 4.5-mile loop of streets to cars, including N. Highland, Highland, Boulevard and North Avenue.
Atlanta Streets Alive (Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s open-streets initiative since 2010) is designed to encourage active, healthy living and celebrate vibrant people-oriented streets by taking cars out of the equation for the afternoon.