Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Open Streets Akron

Another Knight Foundation event took place over the weekend in Akron - The Open Streets Project had Main street shut down to motorized traffic between Bartges Street and the Cuyahoga Falls Ave(where the Better Block was taking place). The event was proposed my soon-to-be-mayor Gary Moneypenny who said, "....I am really excited for this event and I can’t wait to walk across the Y-bridge with fellow walkers, bikers, skaters, and runners, and take in the City from this unique perspective.” There were different activity stations set-up along the way - miniature golf, yoga, chalk drawing, food trucks, performances and more. I rode with a group of Better Block organizers and we spent a couple of hours riding and taking it all in. The weather cleared up and it was an awesome afternoon.

"Bladding on the Bridge"
"Lunch Time"
Dancing Police
"Dancing Police"
Rick's Mug
"Mug" Rick getting ready to roll.
Open Streets
Local business along the route were encouraged to be open and participate in anyway.
Open Streets
"Stopping for a Chat"
Down by Diamond
"Downtown with the Better Block Guys"
Kyle and Gary
B Ball
There was also a basketball tournament in front of Spaghetti Warehouse.
Biking on Main
"Cruisin' Kyle"
Getta, Kyle, Nicole
Getta, Kyle and Nicole
Arriving Downtown
Main and Mill
"Crossing Mill"
Mandatory Dismount Zone
"Mandatory Dismount Zone"
Kyle on the Open Streets
"Jason on the Y-Bridge"
This was truly one of my favorite Akron events - it was so fun to be able to safely ride the streets and take everything in.

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