Help Oakland Name Its Own “Summer Streets”

uptown_unveiled1.jpgA night scene from Oakland’s Uptown Unveiled. Photo: Living in the O

We were excited to welcome two dynamic Oakland, CA, groups to the Livable Streets Community this week: Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) and TransForm. Inspired by the success of San Francisco’s Sunday Streets, WOBO wants to launch its own East Bay version and is asking for input on what to call the event. Shannon T. writes:

So we took the “Sunday Streets” issue to the streets — literally — at last Thursday’s Uptown Unveiled!
event at 19th and Telegraph, which itself provided a dramatic
illustration of how sweet it is to block off the streets for community
entertainment. Hundreds of Oaklanders filled the streets to enjoy
performances, people-watching, and other free activities. WOBO’s table
drew a stream of walkers and cyclists, and we tapped their creativity
to gather suggestions for a name. Together with the ideas generated at
Tuesday’s Volunteers Meeting, we’ve got quite a list.

Ideas include "Open Roads," "Streets for People," "Walkland" and "East Bay Easy" — leave a comment to put in your vote!

Elsewhere, PA Walks and Bikes brought up an opportunity to participate in updating the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Pedestrian Guide; Upper Manhattan residents gave the MTA their suggestions for better routes for the Bx20 bus; and a member in St. Louis Park, MN is looking for advice about a local bridge.

  • That’s great! I look forward to see this happen in all around the bay. Perhaps spread like the farmer’s market. Actually I think “Sunday Streets” should get a better name for herself. The words are too plain and they don’t do well in search engine.

  • MJ

    Would love to see an event which connects the Sunday Jack London Square farmers market with the one in Temescal on a non-motorized, all-fun Telegraph Avenue. No snappy names for this event though, just big dreams.

  • Yay Oakland. How exciting. Whatever you call it, it will be fantastic. Street parks. Play streets. Calles sin coches. Ciclovia. OTown Avenues.

    And don’t forget to come on over to the second Sunday Streets in the Mission on July 19th. If you take Bart to the 24th Street stop you will be in middle of the route.