More than a street festival · Biking, walking, playing, and dancing
Santa Maria Open Streets
Sunday March 31, 2019 · 11am - 5pm
Main Street from Broadway to Blosser will become a public park for the day.
Open Streets around the world
It all started three decades ago in Bogotá, Colombia.
The community wanted an escape from the usual congestion and traffic and decided to close nearly 60 miles of roadways each week to cars and open the streets up for biking and other forms of human movement.
These ‘Ciclovias‘ (“see-klo-vee-as”), Spanish for ‘bike ways‘, paved the way for what has now become a growing international movement to allow communities to temporarily transform our streets and use them as a public space for all sorts of exercise and social interaction, making communities stronger and healthier.
The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for Santa Maria Open Streets, where for one day, a prominent street is closed to automobile traffic, so people can enjoy the space and rethink the use of streets in City planning. Open Streets events are coordinated with marketing and outreach support from SBCAG Traffic Solutions. See past Open Streets events.