Viva CalleSJ takes to the streets in all kinds of weather – even hail!

A selection of the human-powered options, in the rain. Photo courtesy of Larry Ames.

For its fifth year in San Jose, Viva CalleSJ again planned fun and exercise for many thousands of San Joseans on Sunday, May 19. However, the weather brought rain, ranging from sprinkles to deluge to hailstones, which cut the number of participants but not the spirit of the event.

Viva CalleSJ is about being able to skate, stroll, bike, run, scoot or even ride horseback through six miles of streets in the city, with no cars or other engine-powered vehicles allowed on the streets from 10 am to 3 pm on a Sunday.

Temporary shelter and warming drinks at one of the many vendors along Viva CalleSJ.

For the May event, the main start and end points were St. James Park in Downtown and Emma Prusch Farms on the East Side. Between these hubs, the six-mile route passed through Plaza de Cesar Chavez and Parque de los Pobladores, and east on Willow/Story Road. Along the way, the food trucks, bars, coffee shops and restaurants did a great business, as participants ducked in to dry off,  warm up and hang out with friends.

Even though the numbers of participants were reduced, those who turned out showed the usual wide range of modes of locomotion, including a Barbie push-car, roller skates and blades, skateboards, scooters, bikes, strollers and, of course, feet!

We get another chance to explore car-free streets when Viva CalleSJ comes back in September – hoping for some more typical San Jose weather!