On Saturday, May 31, from 9 am to 1 pm, designated downtown Green Bay roads will be closed to motorized vehicles for bicyclists, walkers and rollerbladers. The 2nd annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay, along with the Saturday Farmer’s Market, kicks off the downtown Green Bay’s summer season. Both events are free and encourage family, fitness, nutrition and wellness.
“It’s great to see events like this come to Green Bay,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. “It’s important that we stay focused on health and wellness in our community. I would like to encourage everyone to get on your bike, walk or run, and participate in this free, family-friendly event.”
Aurora BayCare Open Streets is not a race and there is not a start or finish line. Community members are encouraged to enter at any point of the route, which spans from Fisk Park across the Main Street bridge to Whitney Park. In addition to the open roads, there will be a variety of fun activities, including:
- Yoga and Zumba
- BayCare Clinic youth bike helmet giveaway (300 available)
- Kids fitness activities and games
- Bike safety check and bike tune up
- Live music
- Bike valet
- Food and beverages for purchase
This event wouldn’t be possible without the help from area businesses, including the title sponsor, Aurora BayCare Medical Center and supporting sponsor Nicolet National Bank.
“We are happy and proud to participate in initiatives that will help improve the health of our community,” said Dan Meyer, president of Aurora BayCare.
Major in-kind sponsors include BayCare Clinic, City of Green Bay, Insight Creative Inc., Live54218.org and Stadium Bike.
To round out the day, event participants can take a stroll down the Green Bay city deck, which connects to the new location of the Saturday Farmer’s Market.
“We are elated to have two great events kick off the summer season downtown Green Bay on May 31, said Molly Vandervest of Downtown Green Bay. “The Saturday Farmers Market move will have many benefits for attendees, including better parking and wider aisles, and, we are also excited about the connection to the Fox River Trail and Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay.”
Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay also needs volunteers to help make this event a success. Registered volunteers will receive a $10 donation to the cause-of-choice for helping out with our event. Volunteers can register at www.openstreetsgreenbay.com/volunteer.
About Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay:
Introduced to the community in 2013, Aurora BayCare Open Streets is an annual one-day event held in downtown Green Bay. The streets are closed to vehicle traffic, and opened for fun and healthy transportation alternatives, such as biking, walking, running, skating and more. Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay is a non-profit event facilitated by volunteers and is supported by area businesses.
About Open Streets:
Open Streets initiatives were pioneered in the 1960s by cities with reputations for healthy living and alternative transportation. Seattle, New York and San Francisco were among the first to host Open Streets events and still do today. Open Streets are becoming increasingly popular in communities striving to achieve health, environmental, social and economic goals.