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Bolinas Road Closure, Streets For People Set for Sunday

Free "back to school" haircuts for kids, yoga, bike tune-ups, and community artwork are some of activities planned for the Streets for People event, which is from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday in downtown Fairfax.


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This Sunday, Aug. 26, is a great day to ditch your car.

Bolinas Road in downtown Fairfax will be closed from noon to 4 p.m. for the family-friendly , which will celebrate local businesses, citizens, art and non-motorized transportation.

Earlier this summer the , somewhat modeled off San Francisco’s “Sunday Streets.” The Fairfax council .  

While booze won’t be available for sale (unless you want to duck into one of the bars), “Streets for People” will include:

  • Café tables in the street
  • Roco dance will lead a Zumba Class in the street at 1 p.m.
  • Sienna at Yoga Mountain will lead a community yoga class at 3 p.m. in the street at Bolinas and Elsie Lane
  • Street painting and portraits
  • Information on local businesses
  • A parklet demo
  • Bike demos
  • Free bike tune-ups
  • Acoustic musicians
  • Free “back to school” haircuts for kids
  • Youth music showcase
  • Creative re-use market
  • Kids zone
  • Tween art

The event will close Bolinas Road between Broadway and Elsie, the Mono parking lot and a portion of Mono Avenue West of Bolinas Road for bicycle parking.

Fairfax resident Renee Goddard spoke about the event at the Aug. 16 Fairfax Chamber mixer and encouraged local businesses to participate. “This is really about making a space for people. I hope you will come and will tell everyone to come.”

The Fairfax Chamber and Sustainable Fairfax are among the local organizations in support of “Streets for People” and have each pledged $1,000 for the event.

The event will require two additional officers on duty for traffic control, a cost estimated to be $720.

Fairfax Police Chief Chris Morin told the council in June that the police officers will have backup plans ready for implementation in case traffic gets especially unbearable. 

 that closing Bolinas Road between Broadway and Elsie Lane is a contentious idea, but they have said closing the road would be an experiment to see if the town could realistically move toward the general plan vision of making that stretch of road a permanent vehicle-free greenway.

Deirdra Rogers August 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Don't we close Center and Bolinas for the Fairfax parade each year? If we can do that, certainly we can handle four hours this Sunday. Come out and experience a different kind of Fairfax. Who knows...it might be fun!
Tony Gardner August 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
This is a great idea that supports sustainability, healthiness, community, and local commerce. Because I have seen how well this has worked in other town and cities, I will be there to volunteer and help make it happen in our town.
Jennifer Hammond August 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I can't wait for this event. The constant flow of cars has a bigger impact on us than we realize. When they are removed - even for 2 blocks - it is so much easier to relax, breathe, and enjoy our town.
C Ross August 24, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Some may find this hard to believe, but I agree that a place people can walk and be outside in the street is great. But I'm concerned about some of the details of this that may not have been considered. (Maybe they have, but I'm not aware of it.) For example, there are several private residences on the stretch of Bolinas Road. When I walked to the Farmer's Market yesterday, I noticed cars in some of the driveways. Have those residents been informed that they will not be allowed to drive their cars out of their driveways on Sunday? Have they agreed?
Karen Kefauver August 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
We are launching our first Santa Cruz Open Streets here in Santa Cruz, California. Hope you will join us. Read my story about it here: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/ci_21389085/karen-kefauver-spin-city-closing-west-cliff-open


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