With more than 400,000 visitors expected to descend on downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, the international art competition has decided by public vote and expert jury recently shared their plan for affordable, accessible, and environmentally-friendly transportation solutions in 2015. ArtPrize encourages visitors to seek alternative transportation options including walking, biking and public transportation as they explored the event from September 23 to October 11.
The ArtPrize Metro Pass will replace the familiar Wristbands at the ArtPrize Seven event—good for unlimited rides on the Silver Line and 10 free rides on all of The Rapid’s fixed routes during the 19-day event. At $5 each, Metro Passes come bundled with an Event Guide—the first stop for learning about the event, the awards, and how to delve into the ArtPrize experience—allowing visitors to leave their vehicles behind before entering the bustle of ArtPrize. Event Guides and Metro Cards will go on sale at seven area Meijer stores, which also serve as Park & Ride locations, on September 13—and then soon after at the ArtPrize HUB and Voting Sites.
“With box fares at each station and countdown clocks to tell you exactly when the next bus is coming, the Silver Line offers an easy way to get around downtown quickly, even during the height of the ArtPrize bustle,” commented Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications. “Nearly 250,000 rides were provided to ArtPrize visitors who took advantage of Grand Rapids’ public transportation systems during last year’s event. The Rapid is an important partner of ArtPrize. Their transportation offerings are an essential service to ArtPrize visitors and a key component to any world-class city.”
Officials will also continue the Rapid Rides to ArtPrize program, supported by The Rapid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. This program provides 5,000 free Event Guides and 10,000 ArtPrize Metro Passes to members of the community based on financial need.
Visitors are once again encouraged to venture off the beaten path through the ArtPrize Pathways located throughout downtown. For those with mobility in mind, Access Art Pathway will return for a second year to ensure that individuals who use wheelchairs, walker, or strollers can enjoy ArtPrize without barriers. Those using bicycles as a means of transport will also have access to bike valet services at the ArtPrize HUB.
To learn more about ArtPrize and all the event has to offer, read their full blog: http://www.artprize.org/blog/artprize-promotes-alternative-transportation-solutions-at-seventh-annual-event.
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