Peterborough Pulse is back July 21

It’s time to walk, bike, dance and play in the middle of the street with the return of Peterborough Pulse on July 21.

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.

“Pulse is the ultimate way to experience our downtown. As a city, we are becoming more walk and bike friendly, and we know that the downtown is where the most demand for walking and cycling is,” says Susan Sauvé, Transportation Demand Management Planner with the City of Peterborough. “With the recent designation of the downtown as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area by Ontario by Bike, we are ready to showcase what is on offer at Pulse.”

Now in its 4th year, Pulse will run from 10 am to 3 pm. This year’s Pulse route will run along George Street from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. and will include Charlotte Street from George St. to Aylmer St.

“Pulse is an amazing way to see what this community has to offer,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area. “With more than 100 businesses and community groups involved, you’re going to have the opportunity to try some unique activities as well as see some new local dining and shopping possibilities.”

New this year is a snack hub on Charlotte Street next to the George Street intersection.
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“It has been a pleasure to see our Open Streets event mature over the past four years into one of the largest events in the summer calendar that now attracts over 10,000 people,” says Hillary Flood, Pulse Coordinator with GreenUp. “Pulse is one of those events that Peterborough didn’t really know it needed. Our event creates a space for people to engage in their community, a space to experience all the wonderful things that make Peterborough so unique and colourful, and most importantly, a space for people to collectively envision a future Peterborough where physical and social health are at the forefront of our community.”

As a temporary event, Pulse reimagines the possibility of community and the public realm for a single day. This year the Pulse team will be expanding the Pulse effect all summer long with the Pulse Play Guide. The Pulse Play Guide is a uniquely local summer passport curated to reflect the magic of Pulse with recreation activities the whole family can discover together, from axe throwing to star gazing. The Play Guide will offer families free access to some of the most spectacular recreation opportunities offered in the city of Peterborough. Printed Play Guides can be picked up at a number of the local art galleries and museums including: The Museum and Archives, Hutchinson House, The Canadian Canoe Museum, Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the OFAH Heritage Centre. A download option will also be made available on the Pulse website at

“This Play Guide will help local families create lasting memories all summer long and we are extremely grateful for the support from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Power Off and Play program,” says Flood. “The entire Pulse committee is so excited to see this project finally become a reality.”

“The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Peterborough Pulse this summer to reduce screen time for children and families in the City of Peterborough,” says Claire Townshend with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge at Peterborough Public Health. “Research studies have found that less than 25% of children in Canada are meeting the recommended guideline for screen time. In today’s technology driven world many Canadian families are struggling with reducing screen time in the home. 85% of 3 to 4-year-olds are exceeding the one hour screen time recommendation and 76% of children between the ages of 5 to 17 are also exceeding the screen time recommendation of less than two hours per day. It is our hope that the Pulse Play Guide will empower more families in our area to ‘Power Off and Play’ with this uniquely local recreation guide.”

Peterborough Pulse would not be possible without our sponsors, partners and patrons:

• Funding partner: Healthy Kids Community Challenge: Theme 4 Power Off and Play

• Organizing Partners: City of Peterborough, Peterborough Public Health, Downtown Business Improvement Area, B!ke: Community Cycling Hub, Peterborough Square and GreenUP

• Sponsors and Pulse Patrons: Peterborough Transit, Country 105, Energy 99.7, Bell Media, Pulse Physiotherapy, Cherney Properties, Allstate Insurance, McLeod’s EcoWater, and Wild Rock Outfitters

For more information about Peterborough Pulse, visit our website at