BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Open Newbury Street returned on Sunday giving pedestrians a car-free street for the next six Sundays running through September 25.
Newbury Street's eight block stretch of restaurants, shops, salons, and local businesses will be pedestrian-only from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Each Sunday Open Newbury takes place, the street will not allow cars from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. The event will occur on August 21, August 28, September 4, September 11, September 18, and September 25.
Without traffic on the street, the city allows businesses to expand out into the road and give residents and visitors space to walk, shop, and dine outside. The intersection of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street, and Hereford Street will also be pedestrian-only.
“Open Newbury Street has become a treasured tradition for Boston residents, showing how we can celebrate community in public spaces,” Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement. “Expanding Open Newbury to a weekly event and into the fall means returning college students and new residents will be able to join in on the fun. I want to thank Boston Transportation Department and our public safety officials for making this expansion a reality.”
Open Newbury was piloted in 2016 by The Transportation Department in an effort to build the community and allow the public to enjoy public spaces.
“We are excited to increase the number of Open Newbury days through the summer and fall for more residents to enjoy,” said Jascha Franklin-Hodge, The Chief of Streets. “More car-free open streets events for shopping, walking, cycling and active transportation helps us realize our vision of making Boston’s streets work better for everyone.”