West Hartford’s block party on wheels is fun for all ages

"Center Streets," hosted by Bike West Hartford, invites walkerss and bicylists to ride the streets of central West Hartford on August 25.

WEST HARTFORD — Folks of all ages are invited to “take to the streets” for a care-free and car-free summer morning in West Hartford Center on Sunday August 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fourth annual free family-friendly event expects to surpass last year’s estimated crowd of 2,000 participants.

The town will close traffic on four roads that form a rectangular loop around the central business district: Farmington Ave., South Main Street, Memorial Road Ext., and LaSalle Road. Ride your bicycle or scooter, or take a stroll down the street, without automobiles. Participating restaurants will offer brunch specials and free food surprises, many merchants will feature discounts, and great live music will be performed all morning. Children will be able to ride bikes and scooters, play hula-hoop, jump rope, and draw with chalk in streets closed to traffic.

Now in its fourth year, Center Streets has become a highly-anticipated end-of-summer tradition for many town residents. The event is the signature community initiative of Bike West Hartford, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes bicycle-friendly policies and programs in town.

Financial support for Center Streets is being provided by many local business and residents. “Major Sponsors” include Autism Services and Resources Connecticut, The Residences at Steele Road, and Tenpath. Bike West Hartford, Inc. is working with ASRC to make this year’s event accessible and inviting for children on the autism spectrum.

To contact the Center Streets co-organizers Ethan Frankel, call 860-670-4528 or email ethan@bikewesthartford.org, or call Ed Pawlak at 860-305-7587.

Bike West Hartford, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation promoting the development of bicycle infrastructure and education within West Hartford. Visit www.bikewesthartford.org/ for more information.

Connecticut Media Group