Open Streets 704
returns for another Sunday Funday
A day of car(e)-free
streets is April 29
It’s that time of year when Charlotte cranks some of its
most popular streets wide open for everything on wheels -- except cars. The
spring Open Streets 704 powered by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina will
bring its day of car(e)-free streets to a 4-mile path north and east of uptown
Charlotte, between NoDa and Commonwealth, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April
The route’s Arts and Science (Red) Zone runs through the
heart of NoDa, on North Davidson Street. The Green Zone, focused on wildlife
and nature, will trek through Optimist Park, including Cordelia Park and the
Greenway. Once you cross the Greenway, you’ll find family-friendly activities
in the Belmont neighborhood and the Family (Yellow) Zone. Wrap up the day in
the Wellness Zone, or Blue Zone, in Plaza Midwood and on Commonwealth Avenue,
which was a busy part of last spring’s Open Streets 704.
“We’re excited to have so many people coming into the
neighborhood to see what Plaza Midwood is all about,” remarked Brittany Smith,
Marketing Coordinator at Legion Brewing on Commonwealth.
In another first, Legion Brewing is partnering with four
other breweries along and near the route to brew a special beer for Open
Streets 704. Legion collaborated with Birdsong, Free Range, Heist, and Salud on
a pale ale base, and each will add its own “twist” for a unique flavor.
Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier,
connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to
walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not
possible in a car. It’s a chance to slow down and take in your surroundings in
Charlotte’s neighborhoods, in a way you’ve probably never seen.
Charlotte B-Cycles will offer free bike rentals at every
zone hub, and Trips for Kids has a limited number of bikes to lend to little
ones. (Don’t forget your helmets!) “We’ve got a lot going on!” exclaimed Dianna
Ward, who is the director of B-Cycle and on the Open Streets 704 committee. She
listed nearly two dozen activities off the top of her head, including a game
room in the street at Davidson Street and Parkwood Avenue, free trishaws
(pedal-powered rickshaws) in the Family Zone, tandem bikes from Para Guides for
people with vision disabilities in the Wellness Zone, and lots of opportunities
to join dance parties in almost every area along the route.
If you’re wondering where to park, take the light rail! The
brand new LYNX Blue Line Extension is open, and includes a stop at 36th Street
in NoDa -- and yes, you can bring your bike on the train. It’s just one more
way that Open Streets 704 is encouraging residents to park their cars for a day
and try other forms of transportation to get where they’re going around the
Want more information? Visit openstreets704.com.
See you on the open streets!