Archived News Release from 2010
For Immediate Release
Theatre Way to be Closed on Friday Nights to Make Pedestrians-Only Zone
Redwood City, CA - December 6, 2010 - Each Friday night, beginning on Friday, December 10th, Redwood City’s Theatre Way will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 pm to midnight, making it a more comfortable, inviting area for pedestrians.
Theatre Way is the beautiful, European-style street between Winslow Street/Middlefield Road and Broadway, featuring restaurants with outdoor seating, stylish paved streetscape and sidewalks, ornamental lighting, beautiful trees, and the main entrance to the Downtown Century 20 movie theater. Nearby is Redwood City’s Courthouse Square, site of many special events and festivals, and the central gathering spot for the community.
Each Friday evening at 6 pm, special decorative “bollards” (short vertical posts) will be placed at the Winslow Street end of Theatre Way to divert traffic, thus giving families, kids, and all pedestrians the opportunity to freely walk on the street as they enjoy the Downtown attractions.
While the new “pedestrian-only Fridays” starts during the colder holiday season, it will be particularly enjoyable during the warmer months and will offer the opportunity for additional events, activities, and gatherings on Theatre Way. Making Theatre Way pedestrian only on Fridays will also help to spread the crowds out during that busy evening, to make the sidewalks and business entrances more accessible and comfortable.
Pedestrian-only Fridays on Theatre Way are expected to continue at least through summer, of 2011 to take advantage of the Downtown’s primary event “season,” during which the City will assess the impact on traffic, as well as the improvement for pedestrians. An electronic message board will be in place at the entrance to Theatre Way for two weeks advising motorists of the upcoming Friday night closures.
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Redwood City Building, Infrastructure, and Transportation Department