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.
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. Check out StreetFilms.org for more about Open Streets around the world.
The first Sunday Streets Berkeley was on October 14, 2012. More than 42,000 people cameto 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.
The North Shattuck Association, Downtown Berkeley Association, Telegraph Business Improvement District, and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland are proud to team up in 2018 to present the 6th Sunday Streets Berkeley on June 3, 2018.