Hoop’n it up at Streets Alive!Photo by Mary Mumbrue

Community members are invited to enjoy a mile of Main Street dedicated to biking, strolling, playing and community-building from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the annual Evanston Streets Alive!  This year’s theme is “Staying Healthy, Staying Alive: Streets Alive!” The goals are to inspire healthy, green forms of transportation like walking, biking, and transit; and to help visualize innovative ways to use public space.

Streets Alive! features free activities for all ages on Main Street from Robert Crown Park to Chicago Avenue, including a climbing wall, yoga, parklets, karate demonstrations, exercise classes, music, interactive art, food trucks, and a water station. The event will connect to Dodge Avenue’s protected bike lane and incorporate a Divvy bike share station.

A highlight for 2016 is an “intersection repair” project at Custer Avenue and Main Street. Artist Heather Hancock will create a giant artistic crosswalk while participants learn about Evanston’s abundant transportation options.

Streets Alive! again will partner  with the Evanston Environmental Association to feature the Evanston Green Living Festival, which showcases products, services, and ideas that encourage and empower attendees to lead more sustainable lives. This year’s exhibitors will be presenting solar electric and hot water solutions, sustainable landscaping services, creative gifts made from recycled materials, urban lumber products, bamboo flooring, organic hair salon services, and much more.

Streets Alive! is presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem, and organized by environmental nonprofit Citizens’ Greener Evanston, the Evanston Environmental Association, and the City of Evanston. Major sponsors of Streets Alive include the Evanston Bicycle Club, First Bank & Trust, and Archer-Patterson Family Foundation.

More information is available at evanstonstreetsalive.org or evanstongreenfest.org.