A free program opening miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play & explore the city like never before!


VivaCalleSJ 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.
We’re calling the inaugural route, Downtown and Eastbound. It will stretch 6 miles, from Emma Prusch Farm Park to the Calle Willow Business District and through Downtown to St. James Park. It will take place Sunday, October 11 from 10-3pm.


Click here to view the route: http://vivacallesj.org/events/


Viva CalleSJ is not a race, so people of all abilities can start anywhere on the route and have as much fun as they want! 

 

Inspire VivaCalleSJ

VivaCalleSJ is inspired by similar Open Streets programs hosted in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland; Guadalajara, Mexico; and other cities around the world. The name combines the Spanish “Viva Calles,” which can mean both “the streets live” and “long live the streets.” VivaCalleSJ is managed by the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, with outreach and engagement support provided by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. VivaCalleSJ has been generously supported by Knight Foundation, which believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Come meet us at the Bay Area’s largest family-friendly open streets event, Viva CalleSJ on Sunday, September 19th from 10am to 3pm.  

Viva CalleSJ closes 12 miles of streets to motorized vehicles, and opens them up for family-friendly exploration, fun, and adventure in San José’s most culturally-rich and historic neighborhoods. The route is filled with live music, performance, art, artisans, food trucks, artisanal eateries, family-friendly activities, worthy nonprofit organizations, and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s ¡Silicon Valley Bikes! Rides and the Shiny Side Up Bike Show.

Content is proud to have featured the individuals who are making Viva CalleSJ 2021 a reality: 

Ed Solis is the Superintendent of the City of San José’s  Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department. He kick-started the first VCSJ. Since 2015, he and his team have worked tirelessly to place-make, activate, and attract visitors to over 200 City parks and to the VCSJ open streets event. VCSJ has attracted over 100,000 visitors largely due to Solis’ direction and management of this event.  

Mr. Ato Walker will emcee VCSJ’s main stage on Barak Obama Boulevard. He’s is a humorist, emcee, comedy show producer, and activist. Walker has emceed San José Jazz Festival venues and San Jose’s Music in the Park series, and he has performed at California’s major comedy venues. For over ten years he’s hosted "The Caravan Lounge Comedy Show" at San José’s most beloved dive bar.   Listen to Podcast with Ato at: Content Podcast

Shiloh Ballard is making diversity, equity, and inclusion central to Silicon Valley’s bicycle movement. She executively directs one of Northern California’s most influential bicycle advocacy organizations, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. 

If you bicycle and use bike lanes, sharrows, public bike racks, or if you bring your bike on Caltrain, BART, or VTA, thank SVBC!  

Ballard is bringing SVBC's inaugural ¡Silicon Valley Bikes! rides and its festival, and the Shiny Side Up bike show to VCSJ.

Start your  VCSJ day with a choice of three fun and beautiful 10, 20, or 40 mile bicycle rides that will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy VCSJ. These rides feature off-street trails, cool bicycle infrastructure, and fascinating points of interest along the way. All rides include sag support and refreshment stops.

Dominick Guida is an artist whose medium is custom, cruiser, vintage, and lowrider bikes. If you think bicycles are only for plucky commuters or spandex wearing athletic-types, visit Dominick Guida at his Shiny Side Up bike show and be dazzled.  This show is part of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s ¡Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival on VCSJ’s Barak Obama Boulevard and St. John Streets.   

 

Written by Diane Solomon