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The next Atlanta Streets Alive route will be massive

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Grease your gears because the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Atlanta Streets Alive returns this year with expanded routes and additional dates.

And the first route planned for the no-cars-allowed event in April will be massive. On April 17, 2016, ASA will connect seven neighborhoods in southwest and southeast Atlanta with a nearly 4-mile route stretching from Westview to Grant Park. ASA is an all-ages event where selected streets are closed to motorists and open to pedestrians and cyclists, with stops along the way including food trucks, activities and vendors.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition events coordinator Heather Like says the expansion allows the route to be more linear like the open-street festivals held in other cities that inspired organizers.

Like says the linear route promotes open streets with “hubs” of activity and serves to showcase what each neighborhood has to offer. Residents will get a chance to bike through Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, and Grant Park. They can also get a peek at ongoing construction of the Atlanta Beltline's Westside Trail. 

Additionally, the Peachtree route from Downtown to Midtown, which is usually scheduled for one date, will include two ASA events in June and October. And organizers plan to return to Eastside neighborhoods such as Virginia-Highland, Poncey Highland, and Old Fourth Ward in September. Here's the full schedule. Activities for the 2016 ASA events are still being planned.

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