We welcome visitors to five City booths full of activities and a chance to win an adult or a youth bike at Open Streets this Sunday, Oct. 13. The event, Bike Santa Cruz County’s pop-up street park, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along West Cliff Drive from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges.
Visitors who get their City of Santa Cruz passports stamped at all five of the following City booths may enter a free drawing for a chance to win a Schwinn “Astrid” youth bike or a Schwinn “Gateway” hybrid adult bike, generously donated in part by Target.
At the Santa Cruz Public Libraries booth, kids will enjoy Kermit the Book Bike and play with bubbles and hula hoops. There will also be information on library programs and building projects.
The City’s Climate Action Program will host a Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Initiative table to gain community feedback on coastal uses, priorities and concerns in the context of climate change and its impacts. Visitors will also be able to view the historical and projected evolution of Santa Cruz coastal change and solution concepts.
The Street Smarts booth encourages adults and youth to take a traffic safety pledge with reflective slap-band reward. The table also offers a take-home traffic safety “Family Policy,” yard signs that say “Slow Down” and “Drive Neighborly,” and tips to help all road users contribute to a safer Santa Cruz community.
At the Parks and Recreation table visitors can spin the wheel to win cool swag as they learn about the City’s Teen Center and summer camp programs plus the many fun events leading up to Halloween.
Santa Cruz Police Department volunteers will teach kids about basic bike safety laws and the importance of wearing a helmet. The Department hopes to curb the number of bicycle-related traffic accidents by reaching out to young riders. This table also offers free Mobile Bicycle Registration – part of the Department’s effort to reduce bike theft through education, awareness and enforcement.
All five City tables as well as the three Open Streets information booths offer the passports needed to enter the free bike raffle. Once completed, the passports must be dropped off at the Street Smarts booth by 1:30 p.m. to enter the drawing. Participants need not be present to win.
We look forward to seeing you at this once-a-year opportunity to walk, bike and play on West Cliff Drive free from vehicle traffic!