Press Release


Mayor Newsom Announces Sunday Streets 2011 Season

1/7/2011- Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and Livable City today announced the schedule for the Sunday Streets 2011 Season, featuring monthly events from March through October.

“Since our first pilot on the Embarcadero in 2008, Sunday Streets has opened up miles of City streets, connected our neighborhoods and brought thousands of families and visitors out to play,” said Mayor Newsom. “Sunday Streets 2011 is sure to be another exciting season with new activities, new programs and new neighborhood events.”

Introduced by Mayor Newsom in 2008, Sunday Streets creates a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods. The program started with two events in 2008 with a 4.5-mile route from Portsmouth Square in Chinatown along the Embarcadero to the Bayview Opera House on 3rd Street. In 2009, Sunday Streets featured six events on four unique routes, including the Embarcadero, Bayview, Mission and Great Highway. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 2008-2009 Sunday Streets events, in 2010 nine Sunday Streets events were offered, covering five different routes around the city, with longer routes and additional programming hours, and attracting 15,000-20,000 participants per event.

“As the agency responsible for transportation in San Francisco, the SFMTA recognizes the value of Sunday Streets to help promote and support alternative transportation such as walking and biking, while connecting our vision for livable, walkable neighborhoods and economic vitality,” said SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. “Sunday Streets in San Francisco has evolved into an internationally recognized civic institution, and municipal leaders from around the country look to us for an example of what they can do to revitalize their communities.”

“Opening our streets to safe bicycling, walking and other family fun is a great way to not only encourage these healthy activities, but also to allow all of us to see our neighborhood streets as part of our communities,” said SFMTA Board Director Cheryl Brinkman. “Every year, more and more participants get to enjoy San Francisco in a unique way.”

The Sunday Streets 2011 Season continues the tradition of visiting diverse communities throughout the City with a variety of routes in different neighborhoods. While returning to popular areas along established routes, 2011 events will extend into new neighborhoods and include more diverse program elements that highlight each neighborhood’s unique character and often overlooked community attractions and institutions. Sunday Streets routes in 2011 include (subject to change):

· March 20: Kick off event along the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Bay
· April 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park
· May 8: Mission route, including the popular route along 24th and Valencia Streets
· June 12: Bayview route, 3rd Street from Mission Bay, Dogpatch to the Bayview Opera House
· July 10: Great Highway route #2
· August 14: Civic Center/Tenderloin
· September 11: Western Addition, including North of Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore and Japantown
· October 9: Mission route #2

Returning activities include free bike rentals offered by Bike & Roll, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours and Blazing Saddles; bike safety courses presented by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA’s Y Bike Program; bike maintenance programs and adult bike education; a mobile roller disco with free skate rentals by the CA Outdoor Rollersports Assoc and David Miles, aka ‘The Godfather of Skate;’ and activities for children and families through local YMCA branches near each route.

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

Sunday Streets is made possible by the generous support of our financial and in-kind partners, including: Shape Up SF (a program of the SF Department of Public Health and Department of Children Youth and Families), Kaiser Permanente, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Pacific Medical Center, AT & T, Grants for the Arts, Sports Basement, Blue Shield, Lennar, PG & E, Webcor Builders, REI, Walgreens, Catholic Healthcare West, California Academy of Sciences, CH2MHILL, Clif Bar and Clif Kid, Presidio Trust, PUBLIC Bikes, SF Federal Credit Union, Darling International, Zephyr Real Estate, MJM Management, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and media support from the San Francisco Examiner, Clear Channel and Weekend Sherpa. Business community support includes Fisherman’s Wharf, Tenderloin, Fillmore Community Benefits Districts, Japantown, Lower 24th Street (Mission), Bayview, Taraval and Outer Sunset Merchant Associations.

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.