Atlanta Streets Alive takes over Peachtree on Sept. 8. (Photo by John McNichols, courtesy of Atlanta Streets Alive Facebook)

More than 50,000 people took part in yesterday’s Atlanta Streets Alive event on Peachtree, which closed four-miles of the city’s iconic thoroughfare to vehicular traffic from Midtown to Downtown. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the group’s executive director, Rebecca Serna, said the huge surge in attendance made it the most attended Atlanta Streets Alive to date.

The event included three beer gardens courtesy of New Belgium Brewing, a bike parade extending down Peachtree Street, a rock-climbing wall, ‘Pimp Your Bike’ at MODA, Park Pride pop-up park and much more.

Amber Friar and Sherry Kibler enjoyed Streets Alive. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Streets Alive)

“The energy along Peachtree at Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday was incredible,” Serna said. “To see Atlantans embracing other human-powered methods of transportation means that big things are on the horizon for our city’s bike progress. It is so exciting to see people having fun and enjoying Atlanta in a new way while setting a new attendance record of over 50,000 people at an Atlanta Streets Alive event.”

Atlanta Streets Alive is back on Oct. 6 with an even larger route along Highland Ave. from 2 to 6 p.m.. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hopes to continue the incredible growth in attendance. Even at last spring’s Peachtree vent, 15,000 showed up in inclement weather, while 2012’s Highland event drew 25,000.

For more information about the next Streets Alive, visit atlantastreetsalive.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.