Open Newbury Street returns for car-free Sundays until end of September
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Open Newbury Street returned on Sunday, giving pedestrians a car-free street for the next six Sundays until September 25.
The eight-block stretch of Newbury Street, comprised of restaurants, shops, salons and local businesses, will be pedestrian-only from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Every Sunday Open Newbury takes place, the street will not allow cars from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will take place on August 21, August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18 and September 25.
With no street traffic, the city allows businesses to expand onto the road and provides residents and visitors with space to stroll, shop and dine out. The intersection of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street and Hereford Street will also be pedestrian-only.
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“Opening Newbury Street has become a treasured tradition for Boston residents, showing how we can celebrate community in public spaces,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. said in a statement. “Expanding Open Newbury to a weekly event and into the fall means returning students and new residents will be able to join in the fun. I want to thank the Boston Department of Transportation and our public safety officials for making this expansion a reality.
Open Newbury was piloted in 2016 by the Department of Transport with the aim of building community and enabling the public to enjoy public spaces.
“We are delighted to be increasing the number of Open Newbury days throughout the summer and fall for more residents to enjoy,” said Street Leader Jascha Franklin-Hodge. “More car-free open street events for shopping, walking, biking and active transportation help us achieve our vision of making Boston’s streets work better for everyone.”