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John Lamb, Published July 11 2012

Streets Alive turns off cars, revs human motors

FARGO – Streets Alive will roll around again this Sunday, but organizers hope the message behind the event rolls around participants’ heads

for years.

This pavement phenomenon takes motorized vehicles off

three miles of select Fargo-Moorhead streets and turns those areas over to bikers, skaters, roller-bladers, runners, walkers and strollers. The event sports the motto: “Turn off your engines, turn on your hearts.”

“It’s more than just a fun day,” says Rory

Beil, director of Cass Clay Healthy People Initiative for Dakota Medical Foundation, which leads the event.

Sunday’s happenings, from noon to 5 p.m., include a bike safety workshop on the closed First Avenue Bridge.

What is being called Education Avenue south of Horace Mann Elementary, on 10th Avenue North between Second and Third Street, Fargo, Minnesota State University Moorhead Wellness team sets up “Dragon Corner” with games like balloon badminton, soccer, and lawn games. TNT Kid’s Fitness brings a blow-up climbing wall, the Boys & Girls Club hosts an obstacle course and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties will have a variety of active play games.

Other activity hubs include:

Beil hopes that by staggering these spots around the larger downtown F-M areas foot and bike traffic will encourage people to realize they can leave their cars behind more often.

“The spirit of the event comes from people moving through the streets with each other,” he says.

The variety of offerings all ties together to make the area a more healthy community, even if it’s a slow change.

He’s seen the event grow gradually in its first few years, from about 5,000 in 2010 to 5,500 in 2011.

While the second installment this summer is scheduled for Aug. 26, the event will also move east to Dilworth, Minn., for Loco Daze later this month. On August 21 a mini Streets Alive will set up at Eastwood Elementary School in West Fargo.

If you go

What: Streets Alive

When: Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Fargo and Moorhead

Info: The event is free. (701) 356-3132,


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533