Santa Barbara Open Streets returns for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 25th
Enjoy 2.2 miles of Cabrillo Blvd. from Anacapa St. to Los Patos Way
On Saturday October 25th from 10 – 4 pm Cabrillo Blvd. will once again become Santa Barbara’s longest public park for a day – closed to cars and opened for people-powered fun! Last November thousands of participants enjoyed the streets as they usually can’t, without cars, fumes or traffic, and the overwhelming response was “we want more!” Due to the success from 2013, the City of Santa Barbara approved the event permit for the second annual Santa Barbara Open Streets and sees the potential for an annual event. More biking, skateboarding, scooting, strolling, dancing, fitness, moving and shaking… traffic free!
In recent years Open Streets initiatives have spread across the globe with more than two hundred similar events worldwide and over a hundred of those in the United States. The idea for Open Streets type events started in Bogotá, Colombia, where they have been hosting a Ciclovía for over 30 years. Even our neighbors in car-centric L.A. started their own CicLAvia four years ago.
The goal of Open Streets is to promote public health, physical fitness and community by transforming streets to a public park for a day. The Santa Barbara Open Streets event is coordinated by COAST with event consulting by Global Good Impact and marketing assistance from Traffic Solutions. Robin Elander, the event coordinator explains how magical the event was last year. “There were so many smiles from people of all walks of life enjoying what is normally a busy street but for a day is so much more. People are used to streets being closed down for events, but for the first time it was open for anyone to get active and play in.” Robin recommends that you come to the event with your bike so you can easily access the many free activities stretched along the two miles. Enjoy dance classes, bootcamps, yoga, music, art, a skate park, street games and so much more for free and for all ages! This year there will also be healthy SOL Food / Cultivate Events food vendors along the route and a 5K run at 10:30 a.m. The animal costumed themed Run Wild 5K and Zoo Run goes through the Santa Barbra Zoo and along Cabrillo Blvd. The $30 registration fee supports the SB Open Streets effort.
Show your support for SB Open Streets by volunteering at sbopenstreets.org/volunteer or join our crowd-sourced fundraising campaign at igg.me/at/santa-barbara-open-streets-2014. Check out a video montage of the 2013 SB Open Streets event at http://vimeo.com/90841394. Learn more at http://sbopenstreets.org/