FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The City says that now is the time to get your creative juices flowing and decorate your bike for the Open Streets Fort Wayne Bike Parade.
Open Streets Fort Wayne will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m. And the parade is a new addition to the day that opens more than 20 blocks of Calhoun Street up to walkers, joggers, and bicyclists and closes it to vehicles.
Join the Parade; a celebration of Calhoun Street being open to bicycles for Open Streets 2019. Participants do not have to decorate to be part of the parade, but the judging categories are for those with decorations. Entries will be judged for awards before the parade starts.
Open Streets partner, Trinity English Lutheran Church will have a free decorating station available near the start of the Parade.
Bike Parade entries should report to the registration desk no later than 12:15 p.m. The registration desk will be on Calhoun Street under the railroad viaduct, near Superior and Calhoun. Registration opens at 11:15 a.m. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. and will go to the entire route of Open Streets, just over one mile, to Pontiac Street. Young children who aren’t able to do the full route are able to participate and will have a shorter route ending at Berry Street. Pre-registration can be done at https://openstreetsparaderegistration.eventbrite.com.
Mayor’s Choice – The Mayor’s choice awards go to entries that capture the “Spirit” of the City of Fort Wayne.
Downtown Theme – Awards are given to those with theme tying to Downtown Fort Wayne. Awards presented by the Downtown Improvement District.
Good Health Award — Awards are given to themes that promote good health. Bicyclists have an opportunity to win the Health Award, presented by Parkview Health.
Costume – The look that defines the theme is rewarded with the Costume Awards. Category includes separate awards for children, families and adults.
Use of Color – From bright to dark and shades in between, awards will be given for how entries are bringing color to Calhoun. Category includes separate awards for children, families and adults.
Creativity – Out of the norm, award winners in this category give a fresh idea or look to their decoration. Category includes separate awards for children, families and adults.
Business/Corporate Theme – Awards given to those celebrating their business or company.
Fort Wayne’s Open Streets is a unique way to get some exercise, socialize with new and old friends, visit the businesses on historic Calhoun and enjoy the 100 free activities along the route including live music, golf, roller derby, soccer, pickleball, giant-sized board games, Pokémon Go, dancing, baseball, basketball, bubble machines, and much more. Additionally, the route offers access to the Three Rivers Festival Art in the Park and Chalk Walk. Visit openstreetsfw.org for activity hub updates and all the latest information.
This year’s event connects the neighborhoods of West Central, East Central, LaRez, Hoagland Masterson, Historic Williams Woodland, Fairfield and Williams Park with the Central Business District on Calhoun Street. The route stretches from Superior Street to Pontiac Street.
Open Streets Goes “Pop Up”
The Summit City Match program will connect attendees to the entrepreneurs to activated “pop-up” retail and art spaces. The shops will be open throughout the day. “The pop-up shops allow business owners and artists to test their concepts with real customers at very little risk,” offered Trois Hart, Director of SEED Fort Wayne. SEED is also inviting the local entrepreneur start-up community to help the building owners find new tenants. SEED serves as the lead administrator for the Summit City Match, along with other City staff, several non-profit organizations, and funder, JP Morgan Chase.
2019 Brings Extended Hours
Based on suggestions from 2018 attendees, this year’s event will have an after party from 3-5pm near the intersection of Calhoun and Masterson Avenue. The joint event offered by Open Streets and Summit City Match will allow attendees more time to connect celebrate, socialize and visit the pop-up shops that are opening for the event.
Public Works and Open Streets
The Public Works Division started Open Streets Fort Wayne as a way to encourage residents to increase their walking and biking on the City’s Active Transportation network that includes more than 1,600 miles of sidewalks, a trail network of 116 miles, 20 miles of bike lanes and bike routes, 350 bike racks, and more visible and accessible countdown signals, crosswalks and ADA ramps.