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 29.

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 city.

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See you on the open streets!

There is something for everyone!

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Open Streets 704 Route

Open Streets 704 Spring 2018 route