Mark your calendars for a full day of fitness, healthy activities, wellness demos, and more with “Open Streets Green Bay” on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Brought to you by Aurora Baycare, “Open Streets” will be closing off a number of downtown city streets to vehicle traffic in an effort to promote fun transportation alternatives, such as biking, walking, running, skating and more.  Similar to what many of you have probably experienced on State Street in Madison, “Open Streets” will give you the unique opportunity to casually walk, bike, or jog the downtown area while also enjoying music, food, and entertainment.

Personally, I am happy to see efforts like this as one of our current initiatives is making a more pedestrian and biker friendly Green Bay. While we have seen some progress with the expansion of our trail system and the renaming of the Green Bay Traffic Commission to the Green Bay Traffic, Bike, and Pedestrian Commission, we still have a long way to go to truly accommodate a walker’s/biker’s lifestyle. Please note that I think the city of Green Bay Planning and DPW staff do an excellent job with the projects they work on (which, included bike lanes and pedestrian considerations to the recent Military Ave, Broadway Ave, and Monroe Ave projects as well as the upcoming  Webster Ave and University Ave projects), however we as a community simply need to rework some of the past infrastructure. In any case, anything we can do to help get people walking, biking, running, or simply being more active is a good thing and I am excited for this event to once again hit the downtown area.

The four primary objectives of “Open Streets” (pulled from their website) include

  • Empower participants with the ability to improve their health and wellness
  • Encourage cycling, walking and running as ways to be fit
  • Increase community awareness, knowledge and acceptance of active modes of transportation
  • Connect the neighborhoods, parks and businesses within our communities

The event will also consist of multiple “Activity Zones” (also from their website), which include:

  • Fit Fest at Leicht Park – A wellness festival with “Try it” fitness classes and local fitness and wellness professionals with tips, products and ways to help you live well. Plus, the Celebrity “Red Zone Challenge”, which will pit area personalities against each other on the gridiron in a friendly exhibition flag football game.
  • Rock n’ Roll Zone at Neville Museum parking lot – Participants can get energized with music, bike rodeo, and helmet giveaway. Sign up for the kids bike giveaway.
  • Safety Zone at Fisk Park – Take the .85 mile bike ride then cool off in the Splash Pad. Get your bike tuned up and learn how to fix a flat tire.
  • Kids Zone at Fort Howard School– Enjoy family-friendly activities, games, and face painting. Climb aboard a firetruck or sit in a police car.
  • Family Zone at City Deck – Join story time or create some crafts and squirt a shirt, find out what cross fit training is all about, learn self defense, and how to play a guitar.
  • Nature Zone at City Deck– Meet and hold different animals, large and small, and learn how to preserve our environment. The Fox River Trail will be open for FREE all day and is an access point to Open Streets.

So, join us for what should be an excellent day downtown and a rare chance to (safely) walk the streets of Green Bay. Click here for full details: http://openstreetsgreenbay.com/

Blog entries regarding Green Bay’s Fit Fest and the Celebrity Red Zone Challenge will be posted in the next few days, so check back for updates.

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Posted by: Brian Danzinger

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