Active Streets brings community together for an afternoon

Aedyn Martinez balanced on his child-sized skateboard, pulled his hands up and hurdled down University Avenue on Sunday.

The 6-year-old attended the free Active Streets event, which closed off University Avenue from West Sixth Street to Northeast Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While vehicles were unable to pass through nine blocks of downtown Gainesville, locals were able to dance, cycle and play in the streets.

Aedyn said he liked to skateboard in the street, and his 8-year-old brother, Elijah, said he enjoyed seeing people of all ages.

The goal of the event is to bring together diverse groups of people who might not meet in everyday life, said Joseph Floyd, Active Streets’ co-chair.

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