MISSION: Santa Cruz Open Streets fosters individual and community health through creative use of public space.
Thank you Santa Cruz for making the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz Open Streets a huge Success!
A wonderful day was had by thousands of people at the 2nd Annual Santa Cruz Open Streets which took place on Sunday, October 13th. Families and community members were thrilled to play in the CAR-FREE Street on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz!
Friends and neighbors enjoyed bicycling, walking, skating and more through the closed roadway. Thanks to all the wonderful musicians, community groups, volunteers and business sponsors that made the event such a wonderful celebration of community health.
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If you want to see more Santa Cruz Open Streets events happen, please Make a Donation. This grassroots community event is a huge undertaking and is entirely dependent on individual and business contributions. We can’t do it without your support!
Thanks to everyone who walked/biked/carpooled or took the bus to this year’s event. Over a thousand participants stopped by one of our three SCOS Information booths to enter the FREE Green Commute Raffle. Winners will be notified by phone. Thanks for helping to reduce the traffic impacts on the neighborhood! This year’s raffle prizes include: a Giant Escape 3 bicycle* and helmet donated by the Bicycle Trip, a Moved by Bikes bicycle surfboard rack and many more!
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Santa Cruz Open Streets Thanks You!
First Santa Cruz Open Streets a Huge Success!
Thousands of people came to the first-time Santa Cruz Open Streets event on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. West Cliff Drive was filled with happy, smiling people of all ages on bicycle, foot, skates, scooters and more. The atmosphere was festive with music, dance, fun activities and information booths – all with the purpose of promoting active, healthy and sustainable life-styles.
Event founder and director, Saskia Lucas, was thrilled with the turn-out and over-whelming positive community response. About the event, she said, “People kept saying, ‘We have to do this again. Can we do it on a regular basis?’ Clearly the community wants more safe public spaces for getting out and being active together. The community is hungry for more Open Streets.”
Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, partnering organizations and elected leaders which contributed to help make the event such an overwhelming success.
Event organizers are already working on plans for future Open Streets events. To support more events, please sign up to be on the email contact list, be a volunteer and make a donation. If everyone pitches in a little bit, we can have more Open Streets!
Santa Cruz Open Streets Goals :
- Create new public spaces and opportunities for safe, free, outdoor active recreation in urban settings
- Improve community health through active living
- Promote environmental connection and stewardship
- Foster community and civic pride
- Spark ideas for creative use of public space that promote quality of life
- Promote local businesses and eco-tourism
- Provide a memorable, fun and unique experience to participants