Open Streets Coming Next Saturday 6/22

14 Jun

RVAStreetsAlive_logo_8fin_VERTHopefully you’ve already set aside a chunk of your day next Saturday 6/22 to head out to Richmond’s first-ever open streets event, RVA Streets Alive.  Organized by Sports Backers, the event is free!

From 10 am to 3 pm, a 2.5 mile loop connecting the Mayo and Manchester bridges will be closed to auto traffic and open to anyone who wants to bike, jog, skate, ride a unicycle, walk on stilts, or whatever else you can think of that is not motorized.  At this point it looks like there will be at least 50 vendors set up along the course, many of which will be offering not just information but also fitness-related activities.

The idea originated with “ciclovia” in Bogota, Colombia, which occurs every Sunday.  American cities, including New York and L.A. but also many others, have recently embraced the idea, and the events have attracted ever-growing numbers of participants.

Although the event is not just about bicycles, this kind of event can offer a reminder of how invigorating riding a bicycle is, and what it feels like to ride without having to worry much about cars (kind of like when you have bike boulevards, cycle tracks, and other separated bike facilities).

It’s also not just about fitness.  Although “community” is an over-used word, getting a big cross-section of Richmonders out on the streets together, enjoying their city and being outdoors, can’t be a bad thing.  And it’s just a great way to experience the city too.

Hope to see you at Streets Alive — and given that parking in the area is limited and may cost you something, why not ride a bike to the event?!

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