Monday, May 6, 2013

Why close down a street for SomerStreets?



SomerStreets events are fun street festivals, but there’s an ulterior motive as well. Each one is designed to make it easy for everyone to get outside and moving. By closing the roads to cars and opening them to you, we're hoping to make it an active, healthy day for you and your friends or whole family. We spread events along the closed roadway so you can stroll, bike, skate, jog, or silly walk between entertainments. Or you can just come to make use of the open road and bike or skate in a car-free area all you want. 


So, why do this? In recent years, a significant shift has occurred in the thinking on how to promote active lifestyles. Instead of just reminding people that being active is good for health and well-being, cities like Somerville are changing their infrastructure and offerings to make being active and healthy easier and more fun for residents. We build better crosswalks to promote walking. We add bike lanes to promote cycling. We build and improve our parks to provide space for outdoor activities from baseball to gardening. SomerStreets is just one more piece of this overall effort to make the best, active use of our 4.1-mile-square city.

Starting this summer, join us for the Fourth Annual SomerStreets series and take advantage of car-free streets in your neighborhood. All events run from noon to 4pm and are help rain or shine.

Carnaval
Sunday, June 2, 2013
East Broadway (McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Avenue)
Activities will include:
              Motion Parade with Mayor Joe Curtatone (meet at 11:45am at the Cross Street and Broadway)
              Music on two stages - Cross Street and East Broadway Library
              Farmers’ Market
              Arts and Craft vendors
              Free Family Fun Activities
              Scavenger Hunt
                                    

Seize the Summer
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Highland Avenue (Walnut Street to Cedar Street)       


Shore Drive
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Shore Drive


Going Green on Route 16
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Route16 (Dilboy Field to Broadway)       


MonsterMashed Up
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Somerville Avenue

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