Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate? Do I have to sign-up?

Santa Cruz residents of all ages, families, local businesses and visitors are all invited to join the fun. Come one come all. No sign-ups required. We are working with an array of organizations to coordinate activities out along the route, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Information provided in this website.

How will SCOS impact West Cliff Drive neighbors?

West Side residents are best positioned to take advantage of this unique opportunity to come out and enjoy West Cliff Drive from a whole new perspective. However, event organizers understand the importance of working with neighbors and community based organizations to ensure that any negative impacts are minimized through thoughtful advanced planning, collaboration and outreach.

Steps being taken to ensure minimal impact are:

  • West Cliff Drive residents, as well as homes one block off of the route, will receive a street closure notice one month in advance of the event, and once again three days prior. A contact phone number will be provided to handle any issues.
  • The route will be a ‘soft closure’ with auto access for residents on West Cliff Drive to their homes with a police escort, if needed. This type of closure has worked very well in other cities doing Open Streets events.
  • In addition, every effort is being made to minimize parking impact on West Cliff Drive neighbors. In promoting the event participants will be strongly encouraged to arrive by alternative means to driving alone (biking, walking, carpool and bus). People needing to drive will be asked to use nearby designated event parking areas.

Who will benefit?

Community members will enjoy the large, free and fun physical activity space set against the spectacular scenic back drop of the Monterey Bay. Local businesses will also benefit from increased exposure by hosting an activity or booth at the event. In addition the event provides a model of how cities can provide healthy, environmentally friendly outdoor activities for their residents.


A quality city is not one that has great roads but one where a child can safely go anywhere on a bicycle.

Enrique Peñalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia.