Philly Free Streets Announces Special Guests, Prizes and More!

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2016
Published By: Office of the Mayor
Contact: Mike Dunn, (215) 686-6210, Mike.Dunn@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (September 20, 2016) —   Mayor Jim Kenney and radio personality Patty Jackson are among the special guests who will lead activities this Saturday, September 24, along the route of the first-ever Philly Free Streets: the City of Philadelphia’s people-powered initiative which creates 10 car-free miles for people to walk, bike and play.

Mayor Kenney will lead a mile-long power walk at Philly Free Streets.  “I want to show Philadelphians how easy it is to use walking as a means of transportation,” said Mayor Kenney.  “Walking is a simple, easy lifestyle change you can make to improve heart health.”  Patty Jackson, a stroke survivor, will walk a mile without the use of a cane for the first time since the stroke.  Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis will officially open Philly Free Streets by leading a bike ride.

“Philly Free Streets  encourages Philadelphians to be active and get moving by offering over 7,500 prizes and discounts for participation,” said Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson. “Philly Free Street attendees will have a chance to earn rewards by completing challenges, participating in activities, or exploring the City through our scavenger hunt.”

Vea Fitness, the official App sponsor of Philly Free Streets, has partnered with various nutrition, health, and fitness companies, including Snap Kitchen, the premier food sponsor of Philly Free Streets, to offer discounts and promotional deals as rewards for competing fitness challenges.

For a chance to win prizes, attendees can download and participate using the Vea Fitness app at Philly Free Streets.  For those who prefer an alternative to the app, participants may also play using a paper Prize Passport available at any info station along the Philly Free Streets route.

Various organizations will provide a variety of fun and exciting activities, including boot camps, bike riding lessons, group rides and runs, music performances, mural mazes, and interactive educational games.  The complete schedule of events and information on how you can compete for Philly Free Streets prizes will be posted Wednesday at www.phillyfreestreets.com.

Led by the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), Philly Free Streets temporarily creates a car-free environment, inviting people to walk, bike, and play. Philly Free Streets highlights the positive impacts that such active transportation has on public health, the environment, business, and the community. Snap Kitchen, Vea Fitness,  AARP Pennsylvania and, Open Streets PHL are sponsors of the event.

The inaugural route will run from Front & South to the South Street Bridge, then on to the Schuylkill River Trail, into W. Fairmount Park and now continuing on to MLK Drive to the Falls Bridge.  In addition, streets in West Fairmount Park will be closed for activities.

For more information regarding Philly Free Streets, including information regarding the event and volunteer opportunities, go towww.phillyfreestreets.com.

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