As if I needed another reason to love Santa Barbara! Today was the inaugural Open Streets event. Per Sunday Streets in San Francisco, the concept of “Open Streets” originated in Bogota, Columbia in 1976. “Ciclovia” has been expanded there and now encompasses 70% of 20 different neighborhoods! A great idea like this catches on fast and now cities from Kiev to Tokyo enjoy Open Streets!
Beautiful Cabrillo Boulevard hugs the beach as it curves through Santa Barbara. Usually it’s jam-packed with tourists and locals alike, driving and taking in the beauty. But today the street was owned by pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders. Truly, it could not have been more idyllic! The weather was perfect, the stroll-ers were happy with lots to see and do…
We arrived early in the day and parked at the Amtrak lot. A few steps later, the traffic was forgotten as we meandered smack down the middle of Cabrillo.
We sampled a great dance class provided by Santa Barbara Dance Institute and took in some face painting along the way.
An on-the-spot poet created magical poems for us on topics ranging from Cats, Birds to Pearls!
After walking the 2.5 miles of the Open Street, we decided that our dogs had had enough. Chris from Santa Barbara Pedicab delivered us back to our car in style, with a side stop at the amazing BIG tree in the Amtrak lot!