Mayor Chris Beutler and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln today announced that the third annual Streets Alive! event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 29 will include a new route and new activities. The three-mile route generally runs from Lincoln High School at 22nd and "J" to Everett Elementary School at 11th and "C." The entire route is closed to vehicular traffic so families can safely bike, walk, run, skate or skateboard.
"We are faced with an epidemic of obesity and poor fitness, and we know that will have a negative impact on our future health and productivity," said Mayor Beutler. "It is extremely important that we set a good example for our children. Streets Alive! is an opportunity to get off the couch and get out and explore this great community. Let's show our kids that there are many alternatives to sitting in front of the TV or computer and snacking on junk food."
New activities this year include VegFest, a farmer's market organized by Community Crops, and Biketacular, a celebration of all aspects of biking in the community with activities for adults and children. The free event also features entertainment and displays along the route, which also includes McPhee Elementary, 820 Goodhue Boulevard, and First-Plymouth Congregational Church at 20th and "D." Participants may enter the event at any location along the route.
"This is a community-friendly event for people of all ages and mobility levels," said Maria Salinas Sherffius, Board President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln. "Last year's event attracted over 4,000 people and more than 100 exhibitors representing everything from tasty and healthy snacks and health education to Zumba dancing."
Streets Alive! is produced by Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln with the support of the City of Lincoln. The Mayor thanked the many volunteers from neighborhood associations, community agencies, private companies and other groups interested in helping Lincoln become a healthier community. Other supporters include the Community Health Endowment, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Assurity, Lincoln Industries and Smith Hayes Financial.
More information on Streets Alive! and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln is available at healthylincoln.org/streetsalive.