Dance on the Falls Bridge in East Falls

On Saturday, September 15, 2012 the East Falls Development Corporation will host “Dance on the Falls Bridge,” a unique event with live music, dancing, and refreshments on the Falls Bridge.

This East Falls event is one of many events where a neighborhood closes off city roads to automobiles for recreational purposes.  Other neighborhoods hold block parties, bike races, and charity walks, which all require street closures.  In recent years, many cities have opened their streets for activities under the ‘Sunday Streets’ campaign.

People Enjoy a Sunday Streets Event in San Francisco
(Photo Courtesy of David_Hill via Flickr)

The Sunday Streets movement is a series of recreational events put on by participating cities that promote healthy living.  Each Sunday, a large, temporary, public space is made by closing off portions of the city street to automobile traffic, allowing pedestrians, bicyclists, and other activities to occur.  Sunday Streets originated in Bogotá, Columbia as way to encourage bicycling and has recently spread to other cities in the world including Tokyo, Kiev, and San Francisco.

For over ten years now, Philadelphia has closed West River Drive to all automobile traffic, leaving the street wide open for joggers, rollerbladers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to enjoy a safe and scenic route through Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River.

If you haven’t been to the Schuylkill Banks yet, take advantage of the good weather and go on relaxing bike ride or walk this weekend along West River Drive.

For more information:

Dance on FallsBridge

Schuylkill Banks Website

San Francisco Sunday Streets

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