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Taking it to the Streets

A popular car-free program reclaims the asphalt in Berkeley.


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COURTESY OF DOWNTOWN BERKELEY ASSOCIATION

 

For the last six years, Susan King has been transforming San Francisco streets into pedestrian paradises for Sunday Streets. We caught up with King to get the scoop on the East Bay iteration.


 

Q: What is Sunday Streets?

A: The star of the show is the street. Sunday Streets isn’t a street fair or a block party or a bicycle event. It’s a pathway that winds through a city, closing down streets to car traffic so people can walk or run or play, or just congregate where they live or work.
 

Q: What will Berkeley’s Sunday Streets look like?

A: We are aiming for multiple outdoor events in different Berkeley neighborhoods that are both exciting for residents and successful for merchants. On Sunday October 12, Sunday Streets will take over Shattuck Avenue, and we hope to have another event in April.
 

Q: What are the craziest things you’ve seen people do during Sunday Streets?

A: Bring a pack of llamas! Merchants also line the sidewalks with their wares. Sunday Streets isn’t intended to be a commercial event. It’s really a public health event to get people outside and active, and to build an appreciation for where they live and who their neighbors are.

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