Roswell Moves! An Open Streets Event

Bike Roswell! and the City of Roswell will bring “open streets” back in 2023 on Sunday, April 30th with Roswell Moves!

A five-block section of Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell, from the south end of Canton Street to Webb Street, Elizabeth Way, Norcross Street, the New East Alley, Plum Street and North Canton Street. Activities will take place from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m., while roads will close to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your wheels and feet to this FREE innovative experience! Roswell Moves encourages people to explore the community by walking, pedaling, rolling, and even playing. While some vendors will be permitted in this area, attendees are encouraged to experience and savor the offerings provided by local merchants in this corridor.

Using a formula that has been in practice since the 1970s in major cities across the globe, Roswell Moves! aims to promote:
active lifestyles
alternate modes of transportation
positive environmental impacts
positive economic impacts

“Open streets programs stress the word ‘open’. Communities can turn a street into a temporary park, using this car-free space for people of all ages and abilities to flow freely in an urban area. We want to encourage people to visit and wander in historic Roswell with a new perspective,” said Lise Walker, President of the Board of Directors for Bike Roswell!, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting safe cycling.

The Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride, will continue as part of the new Roswell Moves! festivities again in 2023. This full-supported, recreational bike ride will offer distances of 18, 42 and 64 miles, all routes beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all Mayor’s Ride participants. The Mayor’s Ride is the largest fundraiser of the year for Bike Roswell!.

Roswell Moves: An Open Streets Event

ROSWELL, Ga. – Five blocks of Canton Street in historic Roswell will be converted into a car-free park on April 30th 2023. Back for a Fourth year, Roswell Moves! is an “open streets” event, transforming the pavement into an urban playground. Bike Roswell!, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, manages the event, with substantial support from the City of Roswell and sponsors.

Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with the Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride, a recreational bicycle ride with options from 18 to 64 miles. It is the 18th year for the recreational bicycle ride, which begins and ends at Roswell Area Park. For Roswell Moves Canton Street, from Heart of Roswell Park to Woodstock Road, will close to vehicular traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will take on the pavement, sidewalks and yards in this area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A registration fee is required for the Mayor’s Ride, while admission is free for other Roswell Moves! activities.

Tell us about bicycling conditions in your community

We are asking Georgia residents and local cycling organizations to submit field reports about what they are seeing on neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and trails in their communities.

More people biking, walking and rolling? More kids? Different times of the day when folks are getting out?

How about driver behaviors? More attentive or less? Increased speeding?

Any other changes in how people are getting around?

Please share so we can assemble more crowdsourced data. Email and let us know what’s happening where you live.

Resources for teaching bike safety at home

Looking for something to keep the kids engaged in learning and safe on their bikes? We’ve a webpage to aggregate links to videos, activities, and other resources for parents, guardians, relatives, and caregivers interested in teaching bike safety at home. With schools closed, it’s important for children to engage in healthy outdoor exercise. However, children and adults must ride safely to prevent injuries that could place demands on already burdened healthcare providers and emergency responders.