Viva CalleSJ Awarded Program of the Year

San José’s Annual Open-Streets Event Recognized by Silicon Valley Bike Summit

San José, CA – Viva CalleSJ continues to grow every year in size and popularity, and others are starting to take notice. Last year’s event, “From the West: Glen Meets Zen,” received the Silicon Valley Bike Summit’s 2017 Award for “Program of the Year.” This award was received by Ed Solis, Recreation Superintendent on Aug. 8, 2017 in Mountain View, CA.

“The people have spoken! Viva CalleSJ received almost 50 percent of the votes for the Silicon Valley Bike Summit’s ‘Program of the Year,’ beating out five other competitors in this category,” said Shiloh Ballard, Executive Director and President of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. “This event clearly has made a huge impact on our members and people living in the region, providing a fun and engaging day for people to try biking.”

The Silicon Valley Bike Summit gives awards in three categories: “Bicycling Professional of the Year,” “Project of the Year” and “Program of the Year.” The “Program of the Year” award recognizes “education and encouragement programs or bike plans that shift the needle to get more people on bikes.” Viva CalleSJ 2016 successfully filled this category the best.

Allowing only non-motorized transportation on a designated 6-mile route that changes annually, Viva CalleSJ encourages exploration throughout parts of the City that may be otherwise overlooked. In doing so, it also promotes social integration and physical activity, while directly reducing carbon emissions.

With no start or finish to the route, participants can choose their beginning and end points to discover new places and new experiences.

“Building community through fun is at the heart of Viva CalleSJ. As it continues to grow, new areas are opened up for our residents to discover,” said Angel, Rios, Jr., Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. “We are incredibly proud of our Viva CalleSJ team. This honor reflects their dedication and professionalism and is well-deserved.”

Adopted from similar open-street initiatives throughout the country, Viva CalleSJ made its inaugural debut Oct. 11, 2015, receiving more than 35,000 participants. These numbers grew to 100,000 during the event’s second year on Sept. 18, 2016 and are expected to grow as VivaCalleSJ gains more attention. This year’s event will take place Sept. 17, 2017 with a new route to explore.

Viva CalleSJ has been made possible through collaborative efforts from San José’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Santa Clara County Public Health and the Knight Foundation. Visit www.vivacallesj.org for more event information, including a map of this year’s route.

About the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
The mission of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

About Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) has one of the most diverse service models of any agency of its type. The recreation, social services and outdoor spaces serve not only San José’s million plus residents, but individuals from surrounding cities and communities, as well. They remain committed to building healthy communities through people, parks and programs and to be a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces. For more information, please
visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns.

About the City of San José
Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California, with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. Facts about San José can be found here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/780. The City’s website is www.sanjoseca.gov.

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