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Atlanta Open Streets Summit Considers Auto Alternatives

The 2015 National Open Streets Summit will be held from September 25 to 27 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Gil Penalosa, whose motto is, “Pedestrians first,” is a keynote speaker. The event features sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced open streets organizers, led by experts from the Open Streets Project, 8-80 Cities, Atlanta Streets Alive and other local organizers.

Summit attendees will learn about building a coalition of supporters; outreach to key community partners and stakeholders; marketing and branding; choosing a route; program frequency; volunteer recruitment and management ;sponsorship, fundraising, and sustainability; and evaluating the initiative.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in Atlanta’s own open streets initiative, Atlanta Streets Alive, on Sunday, in which the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition closes the streets to cars and opens them to people. The program will focus on the health benefits of Open Streets in communities.

Location: 407 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. For pricing, registration and more information, visit BikeWalkAlliance.org/trainings/open-streets.

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