Downtown and Eastbound: El Corazón
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

September 17, 2017

Walk, skate, bike and play! Open Streets in San Jose!

Viva CalleSJ is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before.

Each year's event opens upwards of six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods for people to come out and play for the day!

The basics

  • It’s free!
  • It will take place Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 10am – 3pm.
  • It’s not a race, and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate.
  • There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far as you would like.
  • The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.
What's happening & where!

Along the Route

White Road Neighborhood Park – Have you ever looked out at a busy street and wondered what it would be like if you could just go run out and play, or have a picnic, or simply sit down??? Well now you can find out! For this year’s Viva CalleSJ, we are working to transform White Road, a typical busy street, into something dynamic for you to experience. Come find out what this stretch of road has to offer! You might find some really fun things, like a zip line or soccer games in the middle of the street?? You won’t know unless you ride by.

City Hall Welcoming Hub - As part of this year’s Viva CalleSJ event, PRNS is collaborating with the Office of Immigrant Affairs to kick off National Welcoming Week. We will be turning City Hall’s West Plaza into Viva CalleSJ’s Welcoming Hub. Similar to our Activity Hubs along the route, City Hall West Plaza will feature a number of activities, performances, and resources that demonstrate the incredible cultural diversity and vibrancy of our community. Be sure to stop by!

Neu2u Fashion Show - Neu2u Thrift Boutique/CPSimmons Designs Presents: 2017 Fall Fashion Fashion Show. Come and enjoy a fun show! Get creative ideas on how to transform gently loved clothing into new trendy looks. Clothing will be modeled by members and students of our community, committed to help bring fun to our city. The show will begin at 1:00 PM. This is an outside show, a standing event. "As always, in effort to bring fun to our community”

East Valley Family YMCA - the YMCA is planning a series of fun and engaging activities during Viva CalleSJ in their parking lot! Activities include: Bike valet, hydration stations, resource tables, a live DJ, carnival games, yoga, boot camp and family Zumba demo, rock climbing wall and more!

Lake Cunningham Park

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services' Lake Cunningham Park has acres of open space, a 50-acre lake, and offers something for everyone. Tackle the par course - perfect for jogging or walking. Bring your own volleyball and horseshoes for the perfect barbecue picnic, grab your rollerblades for a lakeshore cruise, or jump on your skateboard and visit one of the largest skateparks in North America. Venture on over to Lake Cunningham Park and see what this family friendly Activity Hub has to offer! Bathrooms, water, bicycle repair, and Viva CalleSJ merchandise can be found in this location.

Viva CalleSJ Opening Ceremony - Join us in kicking off this year's Viva CalleSJ! Beginning at 9:30am, we will start the day by hearing from some of our greatest supporters.

PRNS Youth Programs - Giving your child a wide range of experiences to make their childhood magical, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) offers developmentally appropriate programs to help inspire your child’s imagination, creativity, athleticism, and academic prowess. Arts and crafts, games and fun all day don’t miss out on what our youth programs have to offer.

SJ MADE Local Maker Fair - Local food artisans and entrepreneurs showing off their skills. Don’t miss your chance to chow down on some sweet treats and savory snacks!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Youth Helmet Giveaway and Bike Rodeo – Get your safety on and make sure your child is prepared for a day of riding, the City of San Jose's Department of Transportation will be giving away 500 free youth helmets and teaching children how to safely navigate city streets at their Youth Bike Rodeo.

Free U-Jam Fitness Class – Begin your day the fun way, with U-Jam! Provided by Plank Up, Drink Up.

CrossFit Kindred Fitness Showcase & Family Fitness Class

11:30am – 12:00 CrossFit Weightlifting Showcase

12:00pm – 12:10PM  Kindred Kids – Strength & Conditioning Demonstration

12:10pm - 12:45pm Free Family Fitness Class. Fun workouts that can be done by any age 6+ and any fitness level! 

Bicycle Repair provided by Good Karma Bicycles (Please note, bicycle repair stations are intended for minor issues that arise at the event including: flat tires, loose brakes, or squeaky chains. They will not be able to completely repair a broken bicycle.)

Alum Rock Village

Alum Rock Village resides at the base of the east foothills in San Jose's vibrant east side. Home to James Lick High School, the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Library, and historic local businesses like Peter's Bakery, this diverse community has so much to offer.  This hub will have all kinds of engaging activities going on throughout the day, be sure to check it out!

Alum Rock Village Café Street Bistro – Looking for a place to relax? The Alum Rock Village has you covered! Stop in, grab a milk tea or some ice cream from one of the local business, and relax in the street-side seating provided by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

San Jose Public Library Resource Area – The San José Public Library seeks to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information. For this year's Viva CalleSJ, the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Library will be bringing the fun! Craft tables, book sale, Library resources, and engaging story time– stop by and say hello!

SJPL Maker[Space]Ship - The San Jose Public Library's Maker[Space]Ship is an innovative mobile workshop which overcomes access barriers in San José to foster creative ideas, connect people with technology, and encourage problem-solving, collaboration, and discovery. Don't miss out on the chance to stop by and make something!

Live Mural Painting - Exhibition District, working in collaboration with the residents of the Alum Rock Village and art students from James Lick High School, is on a mission to make San José a cultural arts destination in Silicon Valley. Come check out how they do it! An Exhibition District artist will be working on the mural all day long– watch as they transform a simple wall into a vibrant art piece.

Roots to Rise Yoga – Yoga lessons on the hour, every hour, all day long! Come and get your stretch on! Yoga mats will be available, but quantities are limited, so you are encouraged to bring your own if possible.

Alum Rock Village Performance Area Schedule

10:00AM to 11:00AM – Free morning Zumba class provided by Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

11:00AM to 11:30AM - Story Time provided by the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Library

11:30AM to 12:30PM – Free Zumba Class provided by Escuela Popular

12:30PM to 1:00PM - Story Time provided by the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Library

1:00PM to 3:00PM – Musical performances provided by Capitol Express. Coordinated by the Alum Rock Village Action Committee. 

Mexican Heritage Plaza Hub sponsored by AARP of California

How do you transform a public space into something dynamic and vibrant? Come see how the creative minds at The School of Arts and Culture and GIANT Creative do it. Working in collaboration with the City of San José Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, the great folks who call the Mexican Heritage Plaza home will transform their front porch into something amazing for this year's Viva CalleSJ. Enjoy music performances all day, a pop-up park and beach, maker’s area and a food truck eating area with picnic tables. Bathrooms, water, bicycle repair, and Viva CalleSJ merchandise can be found in this location.

The School of Arts and Culture Stage - More information coming soon!

VTA Bus Showcase - Does taking your bike onto the bus make you nervous? Don’t know how to use that bike rack on the front of those nice new blue busses? Swing by and let the experts at VTA show you how! Take VTA to Viva CalleSJ.

Bicycle Repair provided by San Jose Bike Clinic (Please note, bicycle repair stations are intended for minor issues that arise at the event including: flat tires, loose brakes, or squeaky chains. They will not be able to completely repair a broken bicycle.)

Roosevelt Park

Roosevelt Park is home to the Roosevelt Community Center, SJ Sports Arena at Roosevelt, outdoor basketball courts, softball field, picnic areas and playgrounds. Programmed by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), this activity hub will feature all kinds of fun and excitement. Be sure to check out Roosevelt Park for some fun filled activities.

Roosevelt Community Center Stage - Cultural dance performances and demonstrations, music, and fun all day long! Come check out African drumming and dance from the Akoma Arts group or Aztec dancing provided by Tezkatlipoka, and much more!

PRNS Therapeutic Recreation Services - The City of San José, Therapeutic Recreation Services provides recreation, education, and community service opportunities to enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Wheelchair slalom, fun with bubbles, and therapeutics resources. Check out what our Department has to offer!

PRNS Active Adult 50+ Services - If you are looking for a more casual setting and the ability to interact with people who have similar interests, the PRNS programs for active adults offer a wide range of possibilities. You can brush up on your painting, learn how to play new card games or step into some new dance skills while enjoying the company of those around you. For this year's Viva CalleSJ, PRNS Active Adult specialists have planned some major fun in the sun. Fundraiser walk, morning tai chi, and a resource fair-- don’t miss out!

Aloha Roller Rink - Public skate sessions, music and fun! Aloha Roller Rink provides skate rentals, music, parties, and outdoor fun in the sun with friends! This summer, Aloha Roller Rink hosted weekly themed skate parties every Sunday night at the SJ Sports Arena at Roosevelt.


Over 125 years old, San Jose's Japantown is one of the oldest Japantowns in the world and one of only three remaining authentic Japantowns in the United States. Are you looking for local music and good local makers? Don’t miss your chance to check out what this dynamic and vibrant community has to offer! Bathrooms, water, bicycle repair, and Viva CalleSJ merchandise can be found in this location.

SJ MADE Local Maker Fair - 20 + local entrepreneurs selling everything from jewelry to bicycle gloves! Come check out what some of the most talented artist, crafters, and creatives have to offer.

SJ Jazz Boom Box Stage - Local bands and performances all day long! Programming provided by the Japantown Business Association.

SJ Taiko - Connecting Communities Ride – Mobile Taiko? (Old)School Shwinn Koi caravan? Flash mobs? What could be more fun! Join SJ Taiko for an amazing experience connecting the Mexican Heritage Plaza to Japantown. Working in collaboration with the folks at the School of Arts and Culture, SJ Taiko will begin their day at 11AM in the Mexican Heritage Plaza Hub for a brief performance to be followed by a group ride to Japantown, drumming all the way!

Japantown Farmers Market - Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and handcrafted culinary treats. Come down and get your weekly grocery shopping done while enjoying the Viva CalleSJ fun!           

Luna Park Chalk Art - Do you like chalk? Because Luna Park Art Foundation does! Come play with chalk and bring your creativity to this collaborative art project.         

Lotus Preschool Youth Activity – Looking for something engaging to do with your children in the Japantown Hub? The Lotus Preschool has your back! Be sure to stop by and see what they have to offer. 

Photo Booth – Be sure to swing by The Get Down Studios on the corner of Jackson and 5th Street to check out their sweet photo booth.

Bicycle Repair provided by Bicycle Express (Please note, bicycle repair stations are intended for minor issues that arise at the event including: flat tires, loose brakes, or squeaky chains. They will not be able to completely repair a broken bicycle.)

Viva CalleSJ Tips

Viva CalleSJ provides people with the chance to enjoy a day of fun connecting with other residents of San Jose and their city in a whole new way. There are many ways to enjoy this opportunity, here are some tips to help you get the best experience out of Viva CalleSJ:

  • Viva CalleSJ is not just a bicycle event, it is an open streets event! Feel free to walk, bike, skate or just come play in the streets!

  • Maintain a safe speed! Stay in control, go with the flow of traffic, pass on the left, slower traffic please keep to the right.

  • Be aware of your surroundings! Never Stop in the middle of the route and keep your eyes sharp to avoid accidents and obstacles.

  • Wear a helmet! We care about your safety and so does the law! Participants under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and everyone is encouraged to wear one.

  • Viva CalleSJ staff, volunteers, and public safety officers can be found on route and in activity hubs, ask for help!

  • Take public transportation. Parking will be difficult in the areas around the route, avoid the hassle by taking VTA!

For more suggestions check out the Department of Transportation’s 
Street Smarts Traffic Safety Tips.
How to Participate

Viva CalleSJ works hard to make sure you experience a safe, secure and fun environment. Please familiarize yourself with the following information to help make Viva CalleSJ safe and fun for everyone.

Planning on riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or rollerblades?
Check out the following LINK to view the California DMV bicycle laws and safety tips.

At monitored intersections where vehicles are allowed to cross the route, we ask that you that you obey all traffic signals, traffic management officers, and volunteers.

Additionally, throughout the route there are locations where it is mandatory to dismount your bicycle. There will be volunteers and signage indicating all mandatory dismount zones.

Vehicles will not be allowed on the Viva CalleSJ route the day of the event. Despite this, there may be large numbers of people on various forms of transportation. Whether they are a pedestrian, rollerblader or bicyclist, please be aware of others and share the road! Remember, Viva CalleSJ is NOT a race. Everyone will experience Viva CalleSJ at a different pace. Be safe, please monitor your speed and keep it within the flow of traffic when it becomes congested.

If you do plan on having your child/ren ride a bicycle with you, we ask that you make sure your child has the experience and understands the basics of riding a bicycle, particularly in groups. Remember, all participants under 18 are required to wear a helmet!
Planning on walking?
Next to riding a bicycle, walking is probably one of the best ways to experience the businesses along the Viva CalleSJ route, cultural events taking place, and activities planned for the day. For your safety, if you are walking in the street please stay as far to the right as possible to avoid creating a safety hazard for yourself and bicyclist, skateboarders, and others in the center of the street.

If you do decide to move to the center of the road, please do so with caution. Proceed as if there were still vehicles in the streets. Be sure to look both ways and wait until the route if free of obstructions, crossing only when it is safe.
Have a mobility impairment or disability?
Viva CalleSJ closes streets to cars and opens them up to EVERYONE! We welcome and encourage those with wheelchairs, disability scooters, and other forms of handicapped transportation to participate. Remember, please stay to the right of faster traffic in order to avoid a safety hazard for yourself and those around you!

The only motorized forms of transportation allowed on the route for the day are motorized chairs, scooters or e-bikes with handicapped placards. Please note: if your motorized form of transportation required registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is not allowed on the Viva CalleSJ route.
Do you own a Business on the route?
We highly encourage you and your business to participate in the event, and here are some great ideas to interact with event participants:

  • Plan on opening your business the day of the event.
  • Make your storefront more visible with banners and signs.
  • Bring your business to the streets.
  • Advertise your business before the event.
  • Spread the word about Viva CalleSJ.
Live or work along the route?

If you live or work along the route:

  • There will be no cars allowed on the event route. A no parking/tow zone will be implemented at 1:00 A.M. the day of the event, cars still parked along will begin to be towed at approximately 2:00 A.M. on the day of the event.  
  • Additionally, access to driveways blocked by the route will be restricted. If you will need your car, please remember to move you it before the 8:00 A.M. hard road closure.
  • If, for any reason, you need to cross the route with a vehicle, please see the event map to locate crossing points for through traffic. San José Police and Viva CalleSJ volunteers will be located at each crossing point to facilitate the flow of participant and vehicle traffic. 
  • If there is an emergency, please contact one of the many Viva CalleSJ staff member, volunteer or public safety officer that can be found on the route for assistance. 
Keeping Viva CalleSJ safe.

The safety of all participants is a primary concern for the Viva CalleSJ team. We work closely with local authorities to provide as safe and secure of an environment as possible at Activity Hubs and along the route. The San José Police Department has generously joined the program as a partner to provide a strong security presence. In addition, there will be emergency medical technicians stationed at each Hub and along the route. 

In the event a serious accident or issue occurs,  please go to the nearest Activity Hub or information booth and report it to Viva CalleSJ staff immediately. If you are in between Activity Hubs, look for the nearest uniformed officer or Viva CalleSJ staff member.

Additionally, if you notice any suspicious activity or a suspicious package, immediately report it to the nearest uniformed officer or Viva CalleSJ staff member.

Thank you Partners & Sponsors!

Viva CalleSJ would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to our event partners and sponsors who worked to make this program possible.

past events

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