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Ride the Route at Fort Collins’ Second Open Streets Event of 2017 Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Released on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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Come Ride the Route along the western portion of the Pitkin Bikeway on Sunday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open Streets events are car-free, family-friendly, and community-focused events. The September 17 event will be the second and final event of 2017.

Participants are encouraged to grab a bike or walking shoes to enjoy a day full of activities, live music, food trucks, and a car-free environment. Five “plazas” will pop up along the event route which includes Pleasant Valley Rd., Clearview Ave., Castlerock Dr., and Springfield Dr. Overland Park and Avery Park will feature a variety of artistic and creative activities for participants, too.

“We’ve been working hard to recruit local artists and musicians to feature at Open Streets,” said Nick Heimann, FC Bikes Program Specialist and Open Streets coordinator. “Plus, this route is unique, including two parks and several great neighborhoods. Neighbors along the route are encouraged to organize their own car-free activities in the street or just come out to enjoy the event. If you’re in a band, bring your music to the street. If you have other creative and artistic talents, show off your work at Open Streets, right in front of your home.”

Participants can enjoy food for purchase from a variety of local food trucks, including: Umami, Sustainable Spoon, The Goodness, Elli’s Deli, Revolution Artisan Pops, Human Bean, Kona Ice, Divine Ice Cream, and The Drake Parlour. Free activities are available in every “plaza” provided by local organizations such as FC Bikes, Bicycle Ambassador Program, Morning Fresh Dairy, Salud Family Health Centers, Element Catalyst, and much more.

Live music and performances will be held at the Colorado Sound Stage located at Avery Park for the duration of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch Lois & The Lantern and Liz Barnez from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The NoCo Bike Show will be live from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join free yoga at 10:00 a.m. Catch the Gora Gora Orkestar procession, beginning on Clearview Ave. near Overland Park, starting at 2:00 p.m. and ending at the Colorado Sound Stage.

More than 6,000 participants are expected to attend the September 17 Open Streets. Police and emergency vehicles will be present on the event route to help as necessary. For area residents, local access will be provided with the aide of event volunteers for the duration of the day. Residents are encouraged to park vehicles off the event route to limit the need for driving on the route.

For further details on this nationwide initiative, visit fcgov.com/openstreets.

About Open Streets:
“Open Streets” is a nationwide initiative that promotes community involvement, local businesses and physical activity, while encouraging the use of public space as a means for the community to gather and meet, play, and try active modes of transportation. With more than 100 documented initiatives in North America, Open Streets are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.

About FC Bikes Program:
A program of the City of Fort Collins, FC Bikes works to create a safe and healthy community by encouraging more people to bicycle in the city. FC Bikes provides year-round educational programs for all ages and hosts several special events fostering and encouraging the public to use bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation. Their efforts have led to Fort Collins being awarded Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists, one of just five such communities in the county.

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