Many of you are asking, “When is the next Sunday Streets Berkeley?” It is a question we heard over and over on October 14, 2012, when more than 40,000 people came to Shattuck Avenue to cycle, stroll, skate, shop, dance, do yoga, and connect with their community and urban environment in a transformative way. 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. Open Streets are a powerful (and fun!) way to create civic engagement in community sustainability and we want to make it happen again and again! Read more for how you can help make it happen again.
To make Sunday Streets Berkeley a repeat event, it must have City support. The Berkeley City Council will vote on the future of Sunday Streets Berkeley on January 22, 2013. This future will be determined by whether or not the city waives city costs and fees – a committment that has led to the success of Open Streets across the country. Urge your Council representative, the Council as a whole, and Mayor Tom Bates to make it happen. Let the Berkeley City Council know you loved Sunday Streets Berkeley and you want it to become a regular event! Click here to sign a petition to tell them to vote YES for Sunday Streets Berkeley.