Event Preview: StreetsAlive! Encourages Locals To Work Up A Sweat In Downtown Fargo

by on Aug 18, 2017

Photos by Sarah Arntson of Dakota Medical Foundation

There’s something exhilarating about riding your bike down the middle of an open street. When experiencing streets without motorized vehicles, it makes people think of other ways streets can be utilized to encourage communities to be physically active. Spacious biking paths? Pedestrian plazas? Community events?

Open streets or ciclovías (meaning “cycleway” in Spanish) events originated in Bogotá, Colombia, in the 1970s. It was a way for communities to get people moving in non-motorized ways—such as walking, running, biking, rollerblading and other human-powered movements. Adapting this open-street outlook, Fargo-Moorhead’s annual StreetsAlive is closing down over two miles of city streets on Sunday, August 27, from noon to 5 p.m. to all motorized vehicles. The free event encourages participants to add non-motorized travel into their daily lives and look at their community from a healthier, more active perspective.

Sunday, August 27 from noon – 5 p.m.
Outside of Great Northern Bicycle Company
425 Broadway N., Fargo

Fargo Moorhead Streets Alive

Organized by Great Rides, StreetsAlive is transforming Downtown Fargo into routes filled with special events, pop-up bike lanes, demonstrations, music, exhibitor booths and more.

Fargo Moorhead Streets Alive

“People should come out to the StreetsAlive event to enjoy activities with friends, family and coworkers, to challenge themselves physically, to explore our public spaces in a new way, to engage with our neighbors and to celebrate our diverse community,” said Great Rides’ Director of Operations Alyssa Johnson.

Fargo Moorhead Streets Alive

Attracting roughly 14,000 attendees last year, StreetsAlive will have 40 different organizations participating and even more activities anywhere along the route.

“When children and families find a physical activity they enjoy, there is a greater likelihood that they will continue that activity for a lifetime and reap the benefits of routine physical activity,” Johnson said.

Fargo Moorhead Streets Alive
Map courtesy of

What can you expect at this year’s StreetsAlive?

10th Avenue North: Activity Alley with kids’ games and events such as Fargo Force puck shoot, the Boys and Girls Club Play Outside Daily Unit, Imagination Playground, and Sanford Women’s Baby & Me Yoga. Live demonstrations by the Science Academy at Concordia College will entertain kids and adults. The Red River Zoo will also be out on the route with their Zoomobile!

2nd Street: Pop-up bike lanes will give cyclists the opportunity to enjoy independent street space. Great Rides Bike Share will extend a free day pass promotion throughout the event, using promo code 82717 (the event date).

Broadway: Athletic performances and all kinds of play opportunities will be demonstrated by individuals of all ages. Pole vaulting will be back again. You’ll also see skateboarders and fencing demonstrations. TNT Kids Fitness will provide gymnastics and tumbling. Creative Care for Reaching Independence will showcase their adaptive bikes. The Gold Star Marching Band will march and perform on the route. Musical entertainment and other special side events are sprinkled throughout the route.