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 2019 to present the 7th Sunday Streets Berkeley on June 2 for World Music on Telegraph, June 9th for North Shattuck and July 14th Bastille Day in Downtown Berkeley, 2019.
Sunday Streets Route:
2018 features an expanded route that includes the length of Shattuck from Rose to Channing, and continues on Durant to Telegraph. Find our Activities lineup HERE.
Rose, Cedar, University, Channing, and Haste will remain open, as well as Fulton, and Bancroft to allow access to the UC Campus area.
NOTICE: Shattuck Ave. from Rose to Channing, Durant Ave. from Shattuck to Bowditch, and Telegraph Ave. from Bancroft to Dwight will be CLOSED to parking and traffic from 9am to 6pm on the event day.
The Downtown Berkeley BART station is in the heart of Sunday Streets Berkeley. AC Transit lines 6, 18, 36, 51B, 52, 65, 67, 79, and F all serve the Downtown Berkeley Area. Many of these lines will be on detour for Sunday Streets Berkeley from 10am - 5pm, but they will still bring you close to the action! Use 511.org or ACTransit.org to plan your ride, and be sure to check for updates from AC Transit (here at actransit.org) to find out about detours the day of Sunday Streets Berkeley.