Open Streets Knoxville is coming to East Knoxville May 21

Communications Director

Jesse Fox Mayshark
jmayshark@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3710

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Open Streets Knoxville is coming to East Knoxville May 21

Posted: 02/10/2017
On Sunday, May 21st, 2-6 PM, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, bike, jog or dance their way through town at Open Streets Knoxville. Magnolia Ave., from Randolph St. to North Chestnut St., with a small loop onto East Depot Ave. will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of playing, exercising, socializing, and shopping 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 community event. This international initiative promotes healthy living, local businesses and sustainable transportation in cities. We had 2 successful events in 2016, with an average attendance of 5,000 people. 

Quote from Mayor Rogero: 
“Through Open Streets Knoxville, thousands of families have discovered brand new ways to appreciate and enjoy our urban corridors. One of the goals of Open Streets is to highlight different neighborhoods. The first two Open Streets events celebrated the energy and uniqueness of Central Street. Last fall, we enjoyed visiting with our neighbors and playing in the streets of Bearden. Join your friends and neighbors on Sunday, May 21st, as Open Streets’ fourth event debuts on Magnolia Avenue.” 

Quote from Mayor Burchett: 
“Each Open Streets is more popular than the last, and I’m excited for the upcoming route through East Knoxville. Closing down the streets for the afternoon so folks can safely bike, walk, or even skateboard is fun for everyone, especially families.” 

The event will have a variety of performances, with a focus on music and dancing. Attendees can try a cardio focused group exercise class, yoga, play a game, 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! 

Organizers currently are asking for sponsors and donations from members of the community to help make Open Streets Knoxville a huge success. For more information on donating or sponsoring, go to www.openstreetsknoxville.com. For media inquiries, contact Bike Walk Knoxville President Dr. Caroline Cooley at bikewalkknox@gmail.com or event coordinator Lindsey Kimble at openstreetsknoxville@gmail.com.