The city of Seattle has just announced the 2010 dates for Seattle Summer Streets. For the third year in a row, the city will close designated roadways to motor vehicles and open them up for people to ride bikes, play games, and walk around.
I attended the Rainier Valley Summer Streets event last year, and it was a blast. People were playing chess, jumping rope, riding bikes and lots more. Tutta Bella even set up tables in the street and served dinner.
Besides being a fun community event, closing down an arterial really is an opportunity for everyone to reexamine how we use public space. “One of my favorite parts of Summer Streets is seeing toddlers drawing with chalk or riding their tricycles on the street without having to worry about their safety around cars,” said Terri Glaberson, executive director of CoolMom.
Come out to one of the many dates below and say hi to the Cascade Bicycle Ambassadors who will be attending each event.
Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike to Work Day After Party
Friday, May 21, 4 to 7 p.m.
Bergen Place Park and 22nd Avenue Northwest between Market Street and Ballard Avenue
West Seattle High School PTSA’s 5K Run / Alki and Seattle Summer Streets Party
Sunday, May 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alki Avenue Southwest from California Way Southwest to 63rd Avenue Southwest
The Greenwood / Phinney Chamber’s Art Up / Open Up Summer Streets Party
Friday, Aug. 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Phinney / Greenwood Avenue North from North 65th to North 87th streets
Rainier Valley Chamber’s Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Party
Saturday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rainier Avenue South from South Orcas to South Alaska streets
Also Seattle Parks and Recreation holds Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Boulevard almost every weekend, including May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 27; July 5, 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 22, 29; Sept 5, 12, 19 and 26. $10 Helmets will be sold by Cascade Bicycle Club from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Seward Park.
Summer Streets partners for 2010 include: Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, Great City, the Greenwood / Phinney Chamber of Commerce, the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital, CoolMom, West Seattle High School PTSA and Public Health – Seattle and King County. City agencies such as the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Parks and Recreation are also partners in this effort.