Rolling street party

NEW CICLOVIA BIKE RIDE AMONG RIVERROCKS’ OPEN­ING WEEK­END EVENTS

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - BY MARK PACE STAFF WRITER Con­tact staff writer Mark Pace at mpace@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6659.

The Chat­tanooga City Cel­e­bra­tion & Ciclovia will wheel through six Chat­tanooga neigh­bor­hoods as one of RiverRocks’ newest events this week­end.

This rolling street party is a bi­cy­cle ride of 6 miles that con­nects neigh­bor­hoods be­tween the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter to Dod­son Av­enue. It will be held from noon to 7 p. m. on Sun­day, Oct. 8.

The free fam­ily event will al­low cy­clists of all lev­els to ride through Chat­tanooga, stop­ping at six lo­ca­tions: Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter, South Holtz­claw Av­enue, High­land Park Com­mons, Ridgedale, Or­chard Knob El­e­men­tary School and Glass Street.

“The idea is to give Chat­tanoogans the op­por­tu­nity to see the city and its com­mu­ni­ties in a dif­fer­ent light. To see neigh­bor­hoods they wouldn’t nor­mally see. To in­ter­act with oth­ers they nor­mally wouldn’t in­ter­act

This rolling party is a bi­cy­cle ride of 6 miles that con­nects neigh­bor­hoods be­tween the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter and Dod­son Av­enue. Fes­ti­vals at each stop will be fam­ily-friendly.

with,” said Jim John­son, a lo­cal cy­cling ad­vo­cate who con­ceived the idea.

“And by mak­ing this a bik­ing and walk­ing event, we’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get out of their cars and con­nect with each other in a fun, unique and en­er­giz­ing way.”

Roads will be par­tially closed to pro­vide a wide bike lane, with street mu­si­cians per­form­ing along the way.

The first stop of the in­au­gu­ral Chat­tanooga City Cel­e­bra­tion & Ciclovia is BlueCross BlueShield of Ten­nessee park­ing lot, where at­ten­dees can park their ve­hi­cles and ride over to The Bessie for mu­sic, lo­cally brewed craft beer, free food and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

There will be climb­ing con­tests, group ex­er­cise with Orange The­ory Fit­ness, soc­cer ac­tiv­i­ties with the Chat­tanooga Foot­ball Club, the Chat­ta­hooli­gans and Op­er­a­tion Get Ac­tive. There will also be a “Pin the Bike on the Polling Place” game to help spread the word on polling lo­ca­tions and re­mind peo­ple of the im­por­tance of vot­ing.

Fes­ti­vals will be stag­gered, so each will start an hour after the pre­vi­ous stop.

Other stops will in­clude art and dance at the Mu­ral Fest & Arts Expo stop, the High­land Park Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val, Ridgedale Art in the Al­ley, Kids’ Cor­ner @ the Knob at Or­chard Knob El­e­men­tary and Glass Street Live, an an­nual pa­rade and cel­e­bra­tion to cap the day.

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