‘Open Streets Nashville’ on 12th Avenue South set for October

Walk Bike Nashville has announced the selection of 12th Avenue South for Nashville’s second ‘Open Streets’ event. 12th Avenue South from Kirkwood to the 11th Ave/12th Ave Split in the Gulch has been chosen for the October 30 event from 2-6 pm.

Open Streets Nashville is a movement to activate people, strengthen businesses and inspire public spaces by temporarily closing streets to cars. Open Streets (which are popular around the country and world) open streets up to the community to walk, bike, exercise, shop or just hang out. Open Streets Nashville, which is organized by Walk Bike Nashville in partnership with the Office of Mayor Barry seeks to promote a healthier city that provides safe active transportation options for all.

Open Streets Nashville will be coming to 2.3 miles of 12th Avenue South on October 30. This iconic stretch connects the Gulch, Edgehill and 12th South neighborhoods.

During Open Streets Nashville, the street will be closed to cars and open to walkers, bicycle riders, families, musicians, dancers and community groups from around the city. It is free and open to everyone. Businesses along the street will be invited to open out onto the sidewalk, and a variety of fitness classes and activities will be scheduled in the street along the corridor.

While 12th Ave South will be closed to cars during the event, there will be several soft closures to allow cross-vehicular traffic to move across the route. Full route map and draft street closure information can be found at www.openstreetsnashville.org.

Open Streets Nashville sponsors include: Google Fiber, Hawkins Partners, HG Hill Realty, Vanderbilt, Southeast Venture, Regions, Collier Engineering, Skanska, Lighting100/Team Green, RPM, Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Renasant Bank, Village Real Estate, Earl Swensson Associates, Proctor Marble and Granite and Woodson Gilchrist.