Ever wanted to see the cars move aside so you could get out and play in the street? If not, I’m sure your kids or grandkids have! Lucky for us, Bike Walk Knoxville puts on a bi-annual event called Open Streets to let us do just that. Even luckier – you’re just in time to join in on tomorrow’s Fall 2017 Open Streets on the Gay Street Bridge and along the South Waterfront!
At the Open Streets event, you’ll find roads closed to vehicular traffic, but open to pedestrians, bicycles, dancers, andmore. This safe space gives our community the opportunity to get outside and come together for a fun afternoon of outdoor activities that encourage us to use active transportation and pursue healthy living while having a blast.
More than 50 local organizations and businesses will set up along the closed road, offering activities for all ages such as skateboard demos, free yoga and Crossfit classes, yard games, rock painting, hula hooping, and a kids bicycle rodeo to name a few. Many of the businesses along Sevier Avenue which have popped up within the last couple of years due to the draw of the Urban Wilderness have embraced their outdoor and active lifestyle focused customer base, offering great products and services that fit this type of event perfectly.
Another unique benefit of Sunday’s Open Streets event is that it connects to the City’s new Suttree Landing Park along the south side of the Tennessee River. If you haven’t visited this waterfront park yet, now is the perfect time to find it full of friendly neighbors and opportunities for fun.
There are lots of ways to get to Open Streets, but consider making a day of it and walking or biking to Gay Street or Sevier Avenue to get the full experience.