A two-mile stretch of Sacramento’s Broadway will shut down to cars Sunday to open up for the community to engage in healthy activities.
“Sunday Street” is a family friendly event that will engage the community in yoga, bicycle demos, street performers, and other events for families to enjoy.
Spokesperson for the Greater Broadway District, Erika Bjork, says the idea is to changed the mindset and engage people with the importance of being a pedestrian and bicycle friendly city.
The event is expected to draw thousands and the idea came from other urban areas like San Francisco that are hosting similar events.
“Open streets events are part of a global movement of transforming streets into pop-up parks and activated public spaces,” according to the City of Sacramento website.
Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen says the Broadway corridor has a lot of potential for revitalization. He mentioned recent projects that have seen success through public support like on R Street.
“The R Street corridor is a great example of how through some public investment in the street, we can catalyze other sites," Hansen said.
Hansen said the city needs to continue to focus on project along Broadway, Alhambra, and areas of J street that are blighted by vacant properties.
Inside New Helvetia Brewery on Broadway, founder David Gull is preparing for the weekend event he would like to change the way people see the area.
“Broadway has some of the biggest and best opportunity sites in the central city," Gull said, he's been in business there nearly five years.
The event Sunday will encourage the public to visit businesses along Broadway -- It's not really giving them an option, unlike other street events, outside vendors aren't being brought in.
Click here to view the promotional video about the event posted by the City of Sacramento.
The “Sunday Street” route map is available on the City’s Website.
The event will take place from Riverside Boulevard to 2nd Avenue and East Broadway, from 8 a.m. to noon on May 21.
It's a part of the Broadway Street Improvements plan, that aims to identify and produce changes that will make the historic street a more inviting place.