Sunday Streets Berkeley

Cycle, stroll, dance, discover, skate and play in the street!

October 13, 2013, 11am - 4pm 
Open Streets are coming back to Berkeley!

Downtown Berkeley to North Berkeley 
(Shattuck Avenue from Haste to Rose)

What is Sunday Streets?

  Sunday Streets (also called “Open Streets”)  closes streets to automobile traffic for a day so that people may use  the space for other physical and social activities. The streets become  parks as people replace car traffic. People walk, bike, skate and dance  and play. Everyone from businesses and community organizations to  musicians and artists use the space creatively, engaging the public and  providing spontaneity and discovery.  

It sounds simple, yet it really is very different and exciting. 

People get out and connect  with their community and urban environment in a transformative way. This temporary public  space inspires creativity and change for the better, on that day - and  beyond. As of early 2013, there are more than 70 Sunday Streets events in North  America.

Check out StreetFilms.org for more about Open Streets around the world.

The first Sunday Streets in Berkeley was on October 14, 2012. More than 42,000 people came  to Shattuck Ave to stroll, skate, cycle, dance, play in the street.

People  came from all over the Bay  Area to experience Berkeley anew. Local Berkeley businesses reported a  30-50% increase in sales on the day of  the event. The first-ever Sunday  Streets Berkeley was by all measures a  great success.

Sunday Streets Berkeley has very much been inspired by Sunday Streets San Francisco’s successful 5 year run. We are so thankful for their leadership, encouragement and sharing of resources and wisdom in producing Sunday Streets Berkeley.

Watch the Streetfilm of Sunday Streets Berkeley
Filmed on inline skates by John Hamilton

 

Sunday Streets Berkeley takes place on Shattuck Ave for 17 blocks from Rose Street to Haste Street. It is a celebration of local businesses and organizations. Storefronts will be unobstructed, and business owners   will be encouraged to promote commerce and visibility by setting out   seating on the street, hosting activities, and otherwise inviting interest and community.

Open Streets Worldwide

San FranciscoBogota, Portland, St. LouisDallasLos AngelesNew YorkMexico City, Vancouver, Minneapolis and more have had many successful years of Open Streets. The public’s love for these events is overwhelming.

Promoting Economic Development, Public Health, Car-Free Transportation, and More

Open Streets are increasingly common in cities seeking new and fun ways to achieve economic, environmental, social, and public health goals. These goals are shared across business, civic and community groups.

Open Streets offer new economic opportunities for commercial districts. In a recent study of an Open Streets event in St. Louis, 73% of attendees spent money at a restaurant or store along the route, 68% became aware of a store or restaurant that was new to them, and 94% responded “Yes - Positively” to the question: “Does Open Streets change your feelings about the city?”

Sunday Streets Berkeley is presented by Livable Berkeley and the City of Berkeley

in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association, North Shattuck AssociationOffice of Mayor Tom Bates, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, & Ecology Center.

Livable Berkeley promotes sustainable land use and transportation policies to reduce our impact on the environment and make our city more walkable, and more cyclist and public transit-oriented, with vibrant public spaces and commercial districts.

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