Sunday Streets Along The Embarcadero on March 14th

Posted Wednesday March 10, 2010 by Jolynne

The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SF MTA), San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the City of San Francisco and Livable City (Sunday Streets fiscal sponsor) are pleased to announce the kick off of the 3rd Sunday Streets season on March 14th 2010.

The 3.3 mile route travels along the Embarcadero, from Fisherman’s Wharf to China Basin in Mission Bay. All Sunday Streets events this year go from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Inspired by the successful Ciclovia program that started in South America in the 1970’s, the weekend car-free event movement has recently become a phenomena in North America. San Francisco was the third major U.S. city to host a Ciclovia-inspired event with two well attended events in late summer of 2008. In 2009, Sunday Streets was back with six events covering four unique San Francisco neighborhoods. This year the event has grown to nine events that include six communities.

Sunday Streets removes cars from San Francisco streets for a few hours on Sunday to create a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and explore new San Francisco neighborhoods.  The popularity of Sunday Streets continues to grow and this year with the official backing of the City of San Francisco as a permanent event and leadership of the MTA as the Presenting Sponsor we expect even more people to turn out to enjoy Sunday Streets, support the neighborhood merchants and rediscover their own city.

Popular programming from last year will be returning, including free bike rentals and repairs, bike skills training for children and adults, Salsa lessons and other dance instruction, yoga, a roller skate area with free skates and lessons, special programming for children, seniors and people with pets, as well as the always fun hula hoops and other children’s games.

One of the biggest attractions is simply the opportunity to safely enjoy the streets of our great city and see friends and neighbors.  Come out and play, and thank you for sharing your streets, San Francisco.

Sunday Streets 2010 Dates and Routes:

  • March 14: Embarcadero (3.3 miles), Fisherman’s Wharf to Terry Francois Blvd.
  • April 11: Great Highway (4.1 miles), JFK Drive in GG Park to the Great Highway at Sloat.
  • April 18: Bayview (4 miles), 3rd Street from King to Bayview Playground on Armstrong.
  • May 23: Bayview, in conjunction with the “3rd Street Festival.”
  • June 20: Mission (3 miles), Valencia and 24th Streets.
  • July 11: Mission.
  • August 22: Great Highway.
  • September 19: NEW! Western Addition, North of Panhandle, Japantown.
  • October 24: NEW! Civic Center, Tenderloin.

Sunday Streets is presented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the City of San Francisco. Livable City, a local transportation-oriented non-profit manages the day-to-day operations and serves as the program’s fiscal sponsor. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition manages the Volunteer component of Sunday Streets (to volunteer, go to www.sundaystreetsSF.com/volunteer.html ).

To find out more about Sunday Streets go to: www.sundaystreetsSF.com.  Information about auto detours can be accessed by calling 311 or visiting online at www.sfgov.org/311.