Peterborough Pulse returns on July 15, 2017!

Posted Apr 6, 2017

Peterborough Pulse returns on July 15, 2017!


Get ready to bicycle, skateboard and walk with your family downtown on July 15 as Peterborough Pulse returns for a third year. 

Peterborough Pulse invites the whole city to walk, bike, dance, play and socialize in spaces typically used by cars. For one summer day, George Street is closed to motorized vehicles and is filled with cyclists and roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, karate and fencing demonstrations, art and music, and more.

“Once a year, Peterborough Pulse enables the transformation of public space from asphalt to garden, from thoroughfare to destination, and from car-centric to human-scaled,” says Brianna Salmon, Executive Director of GreenUP. “This transformation helps us to reimagine our public spaces as places of play, gathering, renewal, and sustainability. GreenUP is thrilled to be a part of this transformation!”

This year’s route will run along George Street from McDonnel Street to Sherbrooke and follow along the Trans Canada Trail through Millennium and Del Crary parks and run the length of Crescent Street. The route will also include the bustling commercial district on Charlotte Street between George and Louis streets, making it the longest Pulse route yet! We’re opening the route to non-motorized activity from 9 am to 3 pm.

“I am eager to see how our third Pulse event unfolds,” says Susan Sauvé, Transportation Demand Management Planner for the City of Peterborough. “Through the involvement of so many Peterborough people, Pulse is an incredible community builder and feel good day.  With a longer route that includes Crescent Street, this year's route will be fun for families to explore by bicycle.”

New this year is the George Street 150 Exhibit. Peterborough Pulse will be creating a photo series of George Street to showcase the rich history, culture and landscape of our historic downtown thoroughfare.  In celebration of Canada’s 150, Pulse will spotlight up to 10 historical photos along the route. Each historical exhibit will be narrated in partnership with Peterborough Museum and Archives and Trent Valley Archives and funded by the province through Ontario150.

Thanks to this year’s funding partner Ontario150, Peterborough Pulse will be providing our local artist community with the opportunity to reimagine public space through installation art. Peterborough Pulse will be supporting the development of two temporary public art installations with an honorarium of $1,000 for each project. Peterborough Pulse’s call to artists welcomes visual artists, sound/audio artists, performing artists, media artists, and others to submit a proposal. Applications are now open online at and will close on May 29 at 12 pm.

“Peterborough Pulse is one of my favorite days of summer!” says Tegan Moss, Executive Director of B!KE. “The opportunity to re-imagine how people can use our shared streets is truly exciting. I look forward to walking, biking, and dancing down George again this year.”

Pulse was recognized at the 2017 Business Improvement Area National Conference on April 3, winning the award for Large Special Events & Promotions.

“Over the course of the last two years, Pulse has quickly become one of the biggest annual downtown events,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “It’s a great event in that there really is something for everyone — it’s accessible, the activities are free of charge and it’s the perfect opportunity to casually explore downtown.”

“Peterborough Public Health is pleased to support Peterborough Pulse again this year, as this event provides free and inclusive recreation for people of all ages and abilities,” says Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Pulse reminds us that we can and should transform our city landscape into one that supports all of us to be more physically active. We can use and celebrate our streets as places to enjoy the outdoors, connect with neighbours and use our bodies and senses to move and play. That’s good for our mental health too.”

Pulse would not be possible without our sponsors and partners:

• Funding Partner: Ontario150

• Gold Sponsors: Peterborough Transit, Country 105, Energy 99.7

• Silver Sponsor: Pulse Physiotherapy and Massage

• Bronze Sponsors: WildRock, Offices That Work!, Engage Engineering, McLeod’s Eco Water

• Organizing Partners: City of Peterborough, GreenUp, Downtown Business Improvement Area, Peterborough Public Health, Community Shifting Gears, Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, B!KE: The Community Cycling Hub, and Peterborough Square

For more information about Peterborough Pulse, visit our website at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Apr 6, 2017, 12:20 pm