This summer is the 5th Annual Peterborough Pulse, where people are invited to walk, bike, play and socialize at the event in downtown Peterborough. Pulse takes place July 27th this year, and allows the public to reimagine the purpose of city streets and expand the public realm.
Peterborough Pulse will once again be transforming George Street into a lively car-free corridor full of entertaining recreational activities. The streets will be packed with cyclists, families pushing strollers, roller skaters, dancing, music and more! Pulse is the perfect way to enjoy vibrant Downtown Peterborough while supporting the development of a healthier, more active community.
Peterborough Pulse media event launch at City Hall (photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)
"Pulse has quickly become a favourite event of this community,” says Terry “Mr. Downtown” Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.
“What better way to connect with a new community group or discover a unique downtown business, all while interacting with multiple family-friendly activities and entertainment,” adds Mr. Downtown. “We are connecting healthy ideas and active living to people whose focus is on a healthy heart, healthy mind and a healthy spirit—all at an award-winning event.”
Photo courtesy DBIA
Peterborough Pulse will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 27th. This year’s route will run along George Street from McDonnell St. to Sherbrooke St.
Over the years, Pulse has worked to change Peterborough’s mindset on healthy living. Open street events allow people to access spaces they typically can’t, expanding their ability to be mobile and engage with their neighbours and community.
Peterborough Pulse is now getting recognized across the country as an innovative and engaging event. Indeed, Pulse took top honours at the 2017 Business Improvement Area National Conference hosted by the Ontario BIA Association in Toronto on April 3rd, winning the award for Large Special Events & Promotions.
“Pulse has become one of our most exciting events and it’s wonderful to be recognized by our peers from BIAs across the country and show what Peterborough has to offer,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.
(L to R): Sam Sayer, DBIA Board Representative and owner of Sam’s Place; Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director; Sue McDowell, OBIAA president; Joel Wiebe, DBIA Communications Manager.
Pulse is a vibrant, playful and active car-free corridor through the heart of Peterborough. For one summer day, the streets are filled with cyclists and roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, karate and fencing demonstrations, art and music, and more.
Congrats to the downtown on winning this award. Keep innovating.
To see more about what Pulse is about, click here.