SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

September 18, 2016

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.

This year's event, From the West: Glen Meets Zen, will open six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods including Japantown, Willow Glen, Burbank and Downtown, for people to come out and play for the day!

The basics

  • It’s free!
  • It will take place Sunday, September 18 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.
Route Map
  • Crossing points through traffic
Activity Hub Locations
  • Willow Glen Hub
  • W. San Carlos Hub
  • Arena Green Mini Hub
  • Japantown Hub
What's happening & where!

Arena Green Activity Hub
Are you looking for good local music and good local makers? How about a nice place to picnic during your ride? This is the place to be! The Arena Green Activity Hub will feature a music and performance stage programmed by Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services' Youth Digital Arts Program as part of their SJ Youth Public Life Project.

Stop by to check out the amazing talent from San Jose. It will also feature 25-30 amazing local makers and business booths programmed by San Jose Made, as well as food trucks and food booths with lots of open space to hang out and picnic.

Stage Schedule

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM: Michaela Collins

10:45 AM – 10:55 AM: E&J

11:05 AM – 11:20 AM: Lena Nelson

11:45 AM – 12:05 PM: Jane Kovac

12:30 PM – 12:55 PM: That Fool AL

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Amplified

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Tim Atlas
W. San Carlos Activity Hub
At the W. San Carlos Activity Hub you will find a fun filled, family friendly environment featuring resources from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services! Bathrooms, water, bicycle repair, and health and wellness resources can be found in this location.

Performance Schedule

12:00 PM Studio Sharise: Multi focused creative and performing arts demonstration.

1:00 PM Tezkatlipoka: Traditional Aztec dance demonstration.

2:00 PM Studio Sharise: Multi focused creative and performing arts demonstration.

All Day Activities

DJ Dance Party – Provided by World of Stereo, music DJ's all day!

Free Youth Helmet Give Away – The Department of Transportation's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Training program will be giving away 500 free helmets to children!

Youth Activities – Arts and crafts, games, bounce houses, face painting, and more! Courtesy of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

Mobile Bicycle Pump Track – Check out a preview of the taste of what the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Lake Cunningham Bike Park

Community Provided Activities

11:00 AM Neon Sign Tour - Midtown San Jose is home to some of the best vintage neon signs in the bay area! From the massive Western Appliance sign to Stephen’s Meat Market’s charismatic dancing neon pig, there is plenty to see! Tour departs at 11:00 AM from the W. San Carlos Activity Hub.

Parisian Antiques Flea Market – Are you a fan of antiques and vintage treasures? Be sure to check out the antiques flea market put on by the Midtown Business District and the antiques vendors along W. San Carlos!
Japantown Activity Hub
At 126 years old, San Jose's Japantown is one of the oldest Japantowns in the world and one of only three remaining authentic Japantown in the United States! Bathrooms, water, bicycle repair, and health and wellness resources can be found in this location.

Performance Schedule

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Be the Change Yoga: Start your day right with free yoga in the morning!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sweet Sam - Musical performance by local Japantown Band.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM The Get Down: Hip-hop, boogaloo, break dancing and more! Come check out The Get Down and their amazing dancers!

1:10 PM - 1:40 PM The New Ballet School: Classical ballet performance by The New Ballet School!

2:00 - 2:20 Soy Sauce Control: Musical performance by local Japantown Band.

2:40 - 3:00 The Living Daylights: Musical performance by local Japantown Band.

All Day Activates

Luna Park Chalk Festival – Do you like chalk? Because Luna Park Art Foundation does! Come play with chalk, and add your creativity to the chalk mural!

Face Painting Station!

Community Provided Activities

4th and Jackson – Traditional Japanese festival foods, musical performances throughout the day on the SJ Jazz Boom Box Stage, live painting demonstrations and free origami classes provided Nichi Bei Bussan. Come check out all the fun!

Japantown Farmers Market – Locally sourced fresh vegetables, fruits and more. The weekly Japantown farmers market, organized by the Japantown Business Association, will be open for the day!

Schwinn Bike Build And Classic Bike ShowBicycle Express and local Japantown business owner Richard Kogura, of Kogura Co., have teamed up to display their collection of classic bicycles and refurbish a classic Schwinn bicycle! Be sure to stop by and check it out!

SJ Taiko Bike Ride - Taiko + Pedicabs?! What could be more fun! Join SJ Taiko on a drumming ride from their studio to Japantown! Wheels hit the pavement at 11:00AM, departing from SJ Taiko studio at 150 S. Montgomery Street.
Willow Glen Activity Hub
Willow Glen is one of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods with wonderful restaurants, delis, and boutiques to explore! Bathrooms, water, bicycle repair, and health and wellness resources can be found in this location.

Performance Schedule

10:30 AM - 11:30AM New Ballet School: Ballet classes for all ages! Come by and learn from the amazing ballerinas of the New Ballet School.

1:00 PM Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles: Baile Folklorico demonstration by Silicon Valley's premiere traditional Mexican dance academy and professional dance company!

All Day Activities

Cruisers on the Calle – Custom cruiser bike show put on by king of cruisers, The Cruiser Shop! Located in the parking lot of the famous Bertuchellie's La Villa Delicatessen in Willow Glen.

Community Provided Activities

BBQ Cook Off – Do you like BBQ!? Be sure to check out Willow Glens BBQ Cook Off provided by the Willow Glen Business Association! Located in the Bank of America parking lot.

Kids Zone – Fun, games, and more! The Willow Glen Business Association, in collaboration with the San Jose Sharks and Barracuda, have created this fun, family friendly area! Located in the Wells Fargo parking lot.

Sidewalk Market – Willow Glen is coming to the streets! The Sidewalk Market showcasing some of Downtown Willow Glen's finest merchants and eateries will be open all day!
Along the Route
Mandatory Dismount Dance Party! - Dance party in the mandatory dismount at Lincoln Avenue and W. San Carlos! Music DJ's all day provided by SJ Bike Party and Guerillaz in Da Mixx

SJ Kidz Bike Party Ride - Youth friendly group ride organized by SJ Bike Party! Leaving from the mandatory dismount at Lincoln Avenue and W. San Carlos Street and traveling to the W. San Carlos Activity Hub. Wheels hit the pavement at 11:00 AM

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Therapeutics and Seniors Resource Area - Wheelchair Basketball demonstrations, arts and crafts, Senior fitness demonstrations and resources fair all day! Located on W. San Carlos, just west of Meridian Ave.

12:00PM to 2:00 PM Soccer in Slow Motion – Soccer in Slow Motion is anything but slow. SISM provides street and freestyle soccer entertainment and tournaments. Stop by to play 1v1 to 5v5 pick up soccer in the street! Located on W. San Carlos, just west of Meridian Ave.

SJ Zen Den 
– Urban sanctuary in the park! Come and get your meditation on. Located in St. James Park!

Live Mural Painting - Exhibition District is on a mission to make San Jose a cultural destination in Silicon Valley. Come check out how they do! Exhibition District will be working on a live temporary mural during the event. Located on St. John Street between 3rd and 4th Street!

#408creates Community Chalkboards – Be sure to check out the Office of Cultural Affairs' new community chalkboards! Get creative and add to the chalk murals! They can be found in the Arena Green Activity Hub and along the route.

Aloha Roller Rink
 - Music, skates and fun in the sun! Come check out the temporary Aloha Roller Rink at the intersection of Montgomery and W. San Carlos. Bring your own skates or rent them at the rink!
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VivaCalleSJ brings people together for one day to explore the vibrant neighborhoods of San Jose and celebrate safe and open streets. San Jose is rich with people who strive to do this every day.

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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 to.

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

View our past events to see what Viva CalleSJ is all about or come see
what it’s like for yourself in September!

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