Knox County Tennessee

Open Streets Knoxville returns Oct. 9

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2016) - On Sunday, October 9 from 2 to 6 p.m., Knoxvillians are invited to walk, bike, jog or dance their way through town at Open Streets Knoxville. Sutherland Avenue, Mohican, and Homberg Drive will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing attendees a day of shopping, playing, exercising and socializing all on foot or two wheels.

Open Streets Knoxville, hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville with support from the City of Knoxville, Knoxville Regional TPO, Visit Knoxville and Knox County, aims to promote physical activity and community interaction during this free event. This international initiative promotes healthy living, local businesses and sustainable transportation in cities. The May 2016 Open Streets Knoxville event was a huge success with 6,000 in attendance.

“Open Streets has been a great way to get people out of their cars to play in the street,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “The first two events were a big hit in North Knoxville and I’m excited about Open Streets happening in Bearden. Keep an eye out for me on my homemade bamboo longboard.”

“The first two Open Streets Knoxville events along Central Street were a lot of fun," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. "Thousands of participants discovered a brand new way to appreciate and enjoy one of our urban corridors. This fall, Open Streets will move to the Bearden area. It’s exciting to bring this unique family-friendly experience to different neighborhoods. Come join us as we play in the streets along Homberg Drive, Mohican Street and Sutherland Avenue on Oct 9!”

The event will feature free games, activities, and classes. Attendees can try their hand at Zumba or yoga, or peacefully stroll the street while enjoying live music and street performers. There will be activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Open Streets is family and pet friendly. Strollers, scooters, skateboards, and bikes are welcome – just no cars!

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