2014 Press Releases

2015 Press Releases Coming Soon!

Media Contacts

Susan King
Sunday Streets Berkeley Program Director
415-823-5524
sundaystreetsberkeley@gmail.com

Sandra Hamlat
Chair, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Transportation Working Group
(510) 363-5522
Sandra.Hamlat@gmail.com

BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION COALITION SURVEY
INDICATES SUNDAY STREETS’ POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
3RD Annual Sunday Streets Berkeley
on a car-free Shattuck Ave, October 12, 2014

Berkeley, CA—A coalition of Berkeley organizations, with the support from the City of Berkeley, are bringing back car-free streets to Shattuck Avenue for Sunday Streets Berkeley’s 3rd annual event on October 12, 2014. This popular event attracts tens of thousands of participants to come out and be active on temporarily car-free streets.  As preparations for Sunday Streets October 12 event are underway, organizers are pleased to share results from a 2013 survey among Sunday Streets Berkeley participants that indicate positive environmental impacts of the program.

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Transportation Working Group surveyed 360 participants at Sunday Streets Berkeley on October 13, 2013 to find out how they traveled to the event, how they typically get around town and if attending Sunday Streets influenced future their travel plans.

[1]Due to attending Sunday Streets and not driving for the day, those surveyed saved an estimated 5.9 pounds of carbon dioxide per person. If 50,000 people – Sunday Streets Berkeley’s estimated attendance for one day – left their vehicles at home for the day, they could collectively save 296,000 pounds of CO2, equal to taking 30 cars off the road for a year.

“Sunday Streets Berkeley provides a model for how different city streets would be with fewer cars—safe for people of all ages and abilities, full of interaction and engagement, with thriving local businesses” states Sandra Hamlat, Chair of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Transportation Working Group.

"Sunday Streets is part of an even broader strategy—we want housing, jobs, and infrastructure that help people enjoy Downtown Berkeley on foot and on bikes every day of the year," says Eric Panzer, Board Chair of Livable Berkeley.

Sunday Streets Berkeley is a collaborative effort, co-presented by the Downtown Berkeley Association, North Shattuck Association, who, collectively, represent nearly 100 Berkeley business owners, along with Founding Partner Livable Berkeley and made possible by funding from the City of Berkeley.  Additional support comes from generous corporate and community sponsors including Presenting Sponsor the Berkeley Half Marathon with major funding from Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence Livermore Berkeley Laboratories and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, who provide support for Sunday Streets as part of their strategy to reduce carbon emissions in the Bay Area.

“Sunday Streets events are great opportunities to get residents out of their cars and enjoying their pedestrian-friendly local business districts,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  “By encouraging walking, bicycling and taking public transit, Sunday Streets reminds residents they can reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases – by finding alternatives to reduce their daily driving.”

Sunday Streets Berkeley is presented by Livable Berkeley and the City of Berkeley in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association, the North Shattuck Association, Bike East Bay, the Ecology Center, and the Office of Mayor Tom Bates.

Sunday Streets Berkeley is made possible by our generous sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Berkeley Half Marathon, with major support from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and contributions from Andronico’s, Bayer, Clif Kid, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Mike's Bikes, Mechanics Bank, Safeway, Sports Basement, Rotary Club of Berkeley and Zipcar.

Valuable in kind support provided by a range of organizations including: City Car Share, Inkworks, Impact HUB Bay Area. Media sponsors provide media support to help get the word out to thousands of participants, thanks to Diablo Magazine, Berkeleyside, East Bay Express, Johnny  FunCheap, EastBay Loop and Yelp.

For more information go to: www.SundayStreetsBerkeley.org

[1] Survey results are based on 360 responses received, roughly 0.8% of Sunday Street attendees. Participants were selected at random and completed the survey voluntarily.


 

 

3RD ANNUAL SUNDAY STREETS BERKELEY BRINGS CAR-FREE FUN TO SHATTUCK AVE, OCTOBER 12, 2014

Livable Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley Association, North Shattuck Association and the City of Berkeley collaborate to transform the nearly two miles of the city’s main thoroughfare into temporary park for six hours of fun for all

Berkeley, CA—A coalition of Berkeley organizations, with support from the City of Berkeley, are pleased to announce the third annual Sunday Streets Berkeley on October 12, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Continuing its tradition, Sunday Streets Berkeley route will traverse nearly two miles of one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares—Shattuck Avenue—creating open space for people to bike, skate, walk, dance, and play. For the first time, the event will continue until 5:00 PM, giving people more time to enjoy the diverse activities and performances along Shattuck from Haste Ave to Rose St.

Sunday Streets Berkeley is a collaborative effort, co-presented in partnership by Downtown Berkeley Association and North Shattuck Association, who represent merchants and businesses located in the heart of Berkeley, along with founding partner Livable Berkeley, and in financial partnership with The City of Berkeley.

2014 Sunday Streets Berkeley organizing is bolstered by a leadership gift of $10,000 from the Berkeley Half Marathon. This significant financial boost provides core funding for organizing the event. “Berkeley Half Marathon is proud to support such a positive community event that promotes healthy living, and celebrates what Berkeley is all about,” says Berkeley Half Marathon Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, Lark Ryan.

Sunday Streets Berkeley began in 2012, modeled after San Francisco’s successful car-free streets program. Sunday Streets Berkeley debuted on October 14, 2012, when more than 42,000 people joyously mingled along 1.2 miles of Shattuck Ave, exceeding expectations, especially for a first-time event. Building on this success, organizers drew an even larger crowd for the second Sunday Streets Berkeley in October 2013.

2014 is a turning point for Sunday Streets Berkeley, as San Francisco Sunday Streets founding Director, Susan King, has joined the Sunday Streets Berkeley organizing team to build on the program’s initial success and help Berkeley create a long-lasting, sustainable Sunday Streets program similar to San Francisco’s.

The Downtown Berkeley Association is proud to co-sponsor the third annual Sunday Streets Berkeley,” stated John Caner, CEO of DBA. “Our goal is to not only produce a great event for the Berkeley community on October 12, but also establish Sunday Streets Berkeley as a sustainable, long-term program with multiple events each year.”

“Sunday Streets is a fantastic opportunity for our community to come together,” said Heather Hensley, Executive Director of NSA. “By removing car traffic for a few hours, we give local businesses, musicians, artists, yoga teachers, restaurateurs and community organizations access to this space to be creative and offer activities that really engage participants to experience our neighborhood in a whole new way.”

“Sunday Streets Berkeley is an exciting way to inspire citizens to bike and walk more in their daily lives. The breakthrough concept of Open Streets promotes sustainable lifestyle choices and builds community.” said Mayor Bates. “The City is committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2014 and beyond.”

“As the founding organization, Livable Berkeley is thrilled that Sunday Streets Berkeley continues to grow and evolve,” said Livable Berkeley Board Chair, Eric Panzer. “We hope Sunday Streets Berkeley will continue connecting people with the things they love most about Berkeley for years to come.”  

Stay tuned for program and activity details, including a broad range of free, healthy, and fun activities for participants of all ages and abilities. Popular activities include cycling, walking, and using other forms of wheeled transportation, as well as free recreational and social activities such as: dancing, skating, musical jam sessions, chess games, soccer, pedal-powered music, and free bike repair.

The Business Improvement Districts are also producing two companion events adjacent to the Sunday Streets Berkeley route, celebrating neighborhood restaurants and outdoor dining:

Vine Street Block Party, produced by the North Shattuck Association.

Downtown Berkeley Beats, Eats and Brews, produced by the Downtown Berkeley Association.

Sunday Streets Berkeley is presented by Livable Berkeley, the Downtown Berkeley Association, the North Shattuck Association, and the City of Berkeley. Additional support provided by Bike East Bay, the Ecology Center, and the Office of Mayor Tom Bates.

Media sponsors provide media support to help get the word out to thousands of participants: Thanks to Berkeleyside, East Bay Express, Diablo Magazine, and many others.

For more information go to:

SundayStreetsBerkeley.org

Facebook.com/SundayStreetsBerkeley

Media Contacts

Emunah Hauser
Sunday Streets Berkeley Program Director
510-333-8391
emunahhauser@gmail.com

Nils Moe
Mayor’s Office, City of Berkeley - Sustainability Advisor
510-910-6594
nmoe@ci.berkeley.ca.us
 

MAYOR TOM BATES AND BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF SUNDAY STREETS BERKELEY

2013 event will create almost two miles of parkways in the heart of the city by opening streets to pedestrians and cyclists

City of Berkeley committed to building an ongoing Open Streets Program in partnership with community organizations
 

Berkeley, CA—Mayor Tom Bates today announced the return of Sunday Streets Berkeley. Sunday Streets opens the city’s major car-traffic corridor to pedestrians, cyclists, all kinds of active transportation and recreational and social activities such as: dancing, skating, musical jam sessions, chess games, soccer, pedal-powered music & free bike repair. Businesses along the route, musicians, artists, yoga teachers, restaurateurs and community organizations use the new public space creatively, providing spontaneity and discovery. 

This form of street closure to cars is inspired by the distinctive Open Streets model, a growing worldwide movement to temporarily transform street spaces into public spaces and avenues for car-free transport. As of early 2012, more than 70 North American cities take part, and San Francisco has hosted a very popular and successful 5 years of Sunday Streets.

The First Sunday Streets Berkeley was last October.

Over 42,000 people joyously attended the first Sunday Streets Berkeley in 2012, exceeding expectations, especially for a first-time event. Partners, sponsors and activity leaders facilitated positive community interaction, sustainable lifestyles, active transportation, climate protection, arts & culture, family fun, public health, and much, much more.

“Sunday Streets Berkeley is an exciting way to inspire citizens to bike and walk more in their daily lives. The breakthrough concept of Open Streets promotes sustainable lifestyle choices and builds community.” said Mayor Bates. “The City is committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2013 and beyond."

Sunday Streets is a celebration of our commons; a rare opportunity to enjoy our streets as places to enjoy each other without the dominating impacts of automobiles” said Councilmember Laurie Capitelli.

“Inspiring people to reconnect with the urban environment by walking and biking is what Sunday Streets is all about,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air District. “We are proud to support Berkeley’s event as it encourages residents to improve air quality by going car-free and explore and enjoy their community.”

Not Just Any Street Closure

Open Streets are mission-driven street closures. By getting people in the street and interacting with their community and urban environment in a new way, Sunday Streets promotes public health, environmental sustainability and local economic development.

Love of Place & Local Business

Sunday Streets Berkeley connects two popular neighborhoods with entirely pedestrian and bikeable throughways. Downtown Berkeley and North Shattuck, Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto are both major destinations for locals and visitors alike. Downtown Berkeley features a cluster of world-class arts venues. The Gourmet Ghetto is a gathering of some of the most groundbreaking restaurateurs in the country. Sunday Streets is a very different way to experience these business districts and local businesses.

The celebration will include two companion events produced by Business Improvement Districts and adjacent to the Sunday Streets Berkeley route, celebrating neighborhood restaurants and outdoor seating.

●      Vine Street Block Party, produced by the North Shattuck Association.

●      Downtown Beats, Eats and Brews, produced by the Downtown Berkeley Association.

What's happened since last year's event:

Over 1,000 people
signed an online petition asking the City to partner with Sunday Streets Berkeley in a substantial way and ensure its vibrancy, as many municipalities across North America have done.

Sunday Streets Berkeley is presented by Livable Berkeley and the City of Berkeley in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association, the North Shattuck Association, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Ecology Center, and the Office of Mayor Tom Bates.

Financial partners include:
Berkeley Labs
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Alta Bates Medical Summit
AT&T
PG&E
Mike's Bikes
Mechanics Bank
Andronico’s
YMCA
East Bay Municipal Utility District
ClifKid
Sports Basement
Safeway
Cal Athletics
Rotary Club of Berkeley


Media Sponsors

Berkeleyside
East Bay Express
510 Families
SF FunCheap

In-Kind Sponsors include:
City Car Share
Xtracycle
Inkworks
Berkeley Public Schools Fund
Bike Station
Buy Local Berkeley
Fantasy t-shirts

Activity Highlights:

●      Rock the Bike Pedal Powered Music

●      Giant Bird Puppet Parade by Habitot Children's Museum

●      Berkeley Labs Home Energy Activities and Demos

●      Giant Chess Games by Berkeley Chess School

●      Kids’ Bike Rodeo by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition

●      Free Bike Repair by Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative, Sports Basement, Mike’s Bikes

●      Dodgeball Games

●      Capoeira Arts School performances

●      Discover public paths, steps and walkways by Berkeley Pathwanderers Association

●      Breaking, Bboying, Bgirling, MCing, Djing Performances

●      Free Yoga & Pilates Classes & Chair Massage

●      Klezmer Music all day hosted by KlezCalifornia and the Magnes Museum

●      Free Zumba Classes

●      Free Hula-Hooping Classes

●      Kids Activities at the Berkeley Public Library

●      Kids Beading Classes by Baubles and Beads

●      Performances by Crowden Music School

●      Art Gallery Tours

●      Art Demos

●      Storytelling

Emunah Hauser
Sunday Streets Berkeley Program Director
510-333-8391
emunahhauser@gmail.com

FIRST SUNDAY STREETS BERKELEY OPENS OVER A MILE OF SHATTUCK AVENUE TO BIKING, STROLLING, AND DANCING
First Open Streets Concept in Berkeley Connects Downtown Berkeley & North Berkeley Districts via Major Transit Artery Shattuck Avenue

BERKELEY, CA— On October 14, 2012, the first Sunday Streets Berkeley will open the heart of the city’s major traffic corridor to pedestrians, cyclists and recreational and social activities such as dancing, skating, musical jam sessions, free bike repair, “rock” climbing and more. Shattuck Avenue from Rose to Haste will be temporarily closed to automobiles from 11am-4pm for seventeen blocks. This form of street closure - which Berkeley has never seen before - is inspired by the distinctive Open Streets model, a growing worldwide movement to temporarily transform street spaces into public spaces and avenues for car-free transport. As of early 2012, more than 70 North American cities take part, and San Francisco has hosted a very popular and successful 5 years of Sunday Streets.

Not Just Any Street Closure

Open Streets are mission-driven street closures. By getting people in the street and interacting with their community in a new way, Sunday Streets promotes public health, environmental sustainability and local economic development.

“Sunday Streets Berkeley brings together so many elements of what Livable Berkeley works towards: Cultivating public demand for pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly improvements to our city; changes large and small for a more sustainable city; fulfilling the need for more public spaces and community gathering,” says Livable Berkeley Executive Director Erin Rhoades. “These events have brought such positive changes to other cities around the world, and we are excited for the public to imagine and think bigger about the possibilities for Berkeley.” Livable Berkeley is Sunday Streets Berkeley’s lead organizer and non-profit fiscal partner.

The Streets are Ours!

Local businesses, community organizations, clubs, individual artists, musicians, dodgeball players, Bboys and chess instructors will use the space creatively to engage others. Merchants and restauranteurs are invited to put out cafe-style seating for socializing. Some will host musicians in the parking lanes. There will be pedal-powered music rather than large amplified sound stages. Interactive activities are encouraged: jams, dancing, free classes and games.

Love of Place

Berkeley’s October 14 route will connect two popular neighborhoods with over a mile of entirely pedestrian & bikeable public streets as parkways. Downtown Berkeley and North Shattuck, Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto are both major destinations for locals and visitors alike. Downtown Berkeley features a cluster of world-class arts venues. The Gourmet Ghetto is a gathering of some of the most groundbreaking restauranteurs in the country. Sunday Streets is a very different way to experience these business districts and local businesses.

Merchant Association Collaboration

The celebration will include the Vine Street Block Party, produced by the North Shattuck Association, adjacent to the Sunday Streets route. It will feature wine tasting by Vintage Berkeley, eats by the Local Butcher Shop, a beer garden by a local microbrewery, and live music by local musicians.

Sunday Streets Berkeley is presented by Livable Berkeley in association with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Ecology Center, the Downtown Berkeley Association, the North Shattuck Association, and the Office of Mayor Tom Bates.

Financial partners include:
Alta Bates Medical Summit
AT&T
PG&E
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Alter Eco
REI
Mike's Bikes
Office of Mayor Tom Bates
Mechanics Bank
Office of Council Member Jesse Arreguin
Hudson McDonald
Zipcar
Rotary Club of Berkeley
Coldwell Banker
Gordon Commercial
TransForm
Vine Street Salon
Trumer Pils
The Berkeley Sauna
Aplus TAX
Wheelz
Safeway
Walgreens

In-Kind Sponsors
City Car Share
Calthorpe Associates
Inkworks
M.Lowe & Co
Red Cloud
Buy Local Berkeley

Media Sponsors
East Bay Express
510 Families
SF FunCheap
East Bay Loop