Last weekend Atlanta welcomed Streets Alive to the streets of some of its more walkable neighborhoods. Streets Alive is a twice a year event where roads and streets are closed off to car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists have free roam of the space. This time, the event connected the Atlanta Beltline with Virginia Highland, Inman Park, and Boulevard. The event turns into more of a party, with bicycle parades and a general convivial atmosphere.
Atlanta has its problems when it comes to transportation, but events like this show that the city is ready for more walkable and bikeable streets. Streets Alive is based on Ciclovía, an event in Bogota where streets are closed weekly to car traffic, and open exclusively for the use of pedestrians and cyclists.