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West Hartford Center Will Be Vehicle-Free for Fourth Annual ‘Center Streets’

Center Streets, West Hartford Center. Aug. 26, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto (we-ha.com file photo)

A loop around West Hartford Center’s central business district will be closed to vehicular traffic for a few hours on Sunday, Aug. 25, for the town’s fourth annual ‘Center Streets’ block party on wheels.

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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 Aug. 25, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This 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 Avenue, South Main Street, Memorial Road Extension, 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.

Generous financial support for Center Streets is being provided by many local business and residents. “Major Sponsors” include Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC), 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.

Dust off your bikes, scooters, rollerblades and strollers, and meet up at Center Streets!

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

This week’s Experience We-Ha podcast includes an interview with Ethan Frankel of Bike West Hartford. Click here to listen.

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