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First-Ever Sunday Streets Event Transforms Downtown Berkeley

Some 40,000 people flooded downtown Berkeley on a brilliantly sunny day in October, as the city became the latest in the San Francisco Bay Area to host a "Sunday Streets" open streets-style event.  Organizers closed 17 blocks of Berkeley's Shattuck Avenue to cars––and opened them to pretty much everything else. Cyclists pedaled, hula hoops turned, children frolicked, climbers scaled a mobile rock wall, and musicians inspired scores to break out in dance.  Families took leisurely strolls through streets transformed, while restaurants in North Berkeley's "gourmet ghetto" turned a brisk business.  Residents surveyed a demonstration "parklet" that could soon see Berkeley parking spaces transformed into temporary green spaces, and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition showcased plans for a major upgrade to the city's bicycle network at Hearst Avenue.

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  • the Automat

    So, when and where is the next Sunday Street?

  • Jennifer

    When is the next Oaklavia?  A daytime first Friday on Sunday?

  • Anonymous

    Looks awesome! We had a smaller scale one of these in Ithaca, NY a couple months ago! 

  • William M Popper

    excellent video...

  • BobF.

    Wow! Awesome film of an awesome event. Biketopia in Jack London Square this Friday! 

  • http://ianmooredesign.com/blog/ Ian Moore

    Fantastic documentation of a fantastic event!  John, your video truly captures the spirit and success of Berkeley Sunday Street.  Thanks for your work.

  • Firehouse Art Collective

    Great shots of Jon Merker's music class for tiny tots at the Firehouse North Gallery on 1790 Shattuck Avenue...check our calendar for his class schedule 4 days per week.http://firehouseartcollective.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html