What is Open Streets Macon?
Open Streets Macon returns Sunday, April 22nd from 2 pm to 6 pm! The streets of Downtown Macon will leap to life as 1.8-miles of Cherry Street and MLK Jr Blvd become a paved park. The stretches of street will be closed to motorized traffic (except for intersections where cars will be free to cross). There is no registration, and Open Streets Macon is free and open to the public.
Organized by Bike Walk Macon, Open Streets Macon is a car-free celebration of public space; bringing people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds together to walk, skate, bike, play, and re-imagine how we use our public streets.
The origin of Open Streets Program comes from Ciclovias, which started in Medellin, Colombia, and were celebrations in the streets. Car access would be temporarily blocked from certain streets, giving people the chance to run, bike, skate, play, and just enjoy the streets they may drive on every day in wonderful new ways.
At Open Streets there are no finish lines, parades, or sidewalk sales and this is something that sets Open Streets apart from other events like marathons or street festivals. Open Streets can provide stimulus to local businesses, offer a setting for greater civic participation and integration, and build support for the provision of broader transportation choices.
Cities across the world have adopted Open Streets celebration and Macon is one of them! Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to experience the streets of Macon in ways you never have before.
The April 2018 route will transform the streets of Downtown Macon by closing stretches of MLK Jr. Blvd. and Cherry Street off to cars so that you are free to enjoy it in a brand new way. Grab your friends and family and get ready to activate our community streets with human-powered amusement!