Nashville, TN (TN Tribune)–Walk Bike Nashville, Strategize 619, and Simone Boyd are co-hosting the 2nd Open Streets on Buchanan. Open Streets is a global movement started in Bogota, Columbia, in the 1970s. In Bogota, over 60 miles of city streets are closed every Sunday to cars, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to use the main roads.
Open Streets is an invitation to see what our neighborhoods can be if we see streets as flexible, that can be used sometimes for cars and sometimes for people, art, and activities. When only 19% of our streets in Nashville have sidewalks, we should be looking at programming like Open Streets for our children, elderly and community at large to have a place to play outside”- Brenda Perez, community engagement manager at Walk Bike Nashville.
This year there will be over 30 artists, businesses, community organizations and individuals are hosting activities on Buchanan. Walk Bike Nashville says this is not a street festival, but a reflection of what can happen when communities can use the streets for multitude of uses. Here is a list of some of what you can expect at the 2nd Open Streets on Buchanan:
|The Little Frog Prince Presentation by Nashville Public Library||Gospel Music by Men on a Mission|
|Double Dutch workshops by Music City Double Dutch||Lino Print Workshop by Freedom Arts|
|7 mile Bike Ride hosted by Music City Dope Pedalers||3 Point Basketball Court By Trenches|
|Inflatable soccer field by Nashville Soccer Club||Performances by DJ Cashville and DJ R. Luke|
|Dog Training Session by Crossroads||North Nashville Family portraits by Lexander|
|Clay Molding workshops by Buchanan Arts||Rooted in Love Art Installation by Youth Artists|
|Performance by the Fisk Marching Band||Ebikes/Pedal assist Bike Station by Bcycle|
For a full list of programming visit www.openstreetsnashville.org. During the 2nd Open Streets on Buchanan the street will be open to walkers, bicycle riders, families, musicians, dancers and community members from around Nashville to attend and bring their bicycles, strollers, skateboards, and dogs on leashes. Businesses along the street are invited to open out onto the sidewalk. The event will be free and open to all. Walk Bike Nashville has sent community notification letters to the residents near Buchanan and Garfield. We Go bus riders of routes 22 and will be rerouted due to the road closure.