MISSION: Open Streets Santa Cruz County fosters individual and community health through creative use of public space.


Open Streets Watsonville Planning Underway

Planning for a new Open Streets Watsonville event is currently underway.

Join us!

Be a part of this exciting new initiative. Planning meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, 3-4:30pm at the Watsonville Public Library Meeting Room, 275 Main Street, Suite 100. All are welcome to attend.

Send an message to info@scopenstreets.org to join the planning committee email list and receive notices of upcoming meetings and updates.

Open Streets Watsonville is tentatively scheduled to take place in September 2015 in the downtown area.


Open Streets Capitola Debut on May 4th a Hit!

Open Streets Santa Cruz County debuted with great success on the Capitola Village Esplanade on Sunday, May 4th. Thousands enjoyed the “pop-up park” created by the event for people to walk, bicycle and play in a safe and enjoyable environment without cars. An estimated 6,500 people enjoyed the car-free street and participants expressed enthusiastic support for future Open Streets Capitola events (click Survey Results to learn more). See event pictures here (courtesy of KarenKefauver.com)

A big thanks to the dozens of community groups and musicians that hosted free, fun and educational activities; to local merchants for hosting a Village Passport activity for participants to enjoy; to the 40 volunteers who donated their time; and to the the event’s major contributors: Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, California Coastal Conservancy, the City of Capitola and Ecology Action.

Together we demonstrated how great things can be achieved when government and the private sector work together to enhance quality of life for the community.
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Thank you Santa Cruz for making the 2nd Annual Open Streets Santa Cruz a big success

A wonderful day was had by thousands of people at the 2nd Annual Open Streets Santa Cruz 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.

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. You helped reduce the traffic impacts in the neighborhood! This year’s raffle prizes included: a Giant Escape 3 bicycle* and helmet donated by the Bicycle Trip, a Moved by Bikes bicycle surfboard rack and more!


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


Make a Donation

If you want to see more 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!


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.

To see photos from the event, be sure to visit the Gallery page. To read press coverage about the event, click here.

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!





See you at the next Open Streets event!