Mayor of Atlanta Georgia pledges $50,000 to traffic-free day

March 9, 2013 by  

Atlanta, Georgia will welcome ‘Atlanta Streets Alive’ to its streets this May, thanks to the support of Mayor Kasim Reed, who pledged $50,000 to fund the event.

The commitment was made during the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Blinkie Awards held in February this year. Peachtree Street will be closed to all cars on the day in favor of people-powered modes of transport. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition promotes the enjoyment of people who want to walk or cycle through the streets, helping improve health and fitness.

Nearly three miles of Peachtree Street will be closed to motor vehicles, welcoming people on foot, bicycle, rollerblades, skateboards, or any other means of getting around. Outside vendors are not permitted inside the event, with local businesses receiving support, including local print companies which may be utilized to promote the event.

Peachtree Street is the oldest street in Atlanta and will be the perfect location for all to celebrate and have fun together, without using motor vehicles. Thousands of visitors are expected, providing business for the local community. It is hoped that the event will change people’s perception of the city without car traffic. Anyone who would like to see streets in Atlanta with fewer vehicles is encouraged to speak out, which may even result in a bikeway being included on Peachtree Street.

Bicycle riding is environmentally friendly, improves health and wellness and encourages families to spend more time together having fun. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition needs the support of local people to help make Atlanta a bike-friendly city.

The event will be held on May 19.