Carrboro opens streets to bikes, kids and ... yoga

mschultz@newsobserver.comApril 15, 2014 

— Yoga can be the golf of recreational sports. Think silence, save for the sitar and instructor’s soothing voice.

So what was a leotard-class yoga class doing practicing their vinyasa on the pavement of East Weaver Street Saturday morning?

It was all part of the second annual Carrboro Open Streets.

Open streets, also called ciclovias (Spanish for “cycle-way” in Colombia where they began), close streets to cars, to promote community, well being and alternative transportation.

Last year’s event sponsored by the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, attracted 1,500 people. This year’s town-sponsored event included slow bicycle races (left), taekwondo and kettle bells deomonstrations, and rock wall climbing. Some local businesses set up booths, several Weaver Street merchants opened early or held sidewalk sales, and families brought the kids and the dogs.

“This is about activity,” said Eric Allman, chairman of the coalition and the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “We’re ‘recreating’ the streets,” he explained, in both senses of the word.

But yoga?

“There are a lot of life-affirming sounds,” Alderwoman and yoga instructor Johnson said amid the music, bikes and babies. “I just want people to take it all in and see if they can still find their center, find their breath.”

 

Schultz: 919-932-2003

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