Sunday Streets 2009 Kicks Off at San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront

Today’s Ciclovía-inspired Sunday Streets, from South Beach all the way up the waterfront on up to Aquatic Park, went off without a hitch. Lot’s of people were biking, skating and walking around in the northbound lanes of the normally car-choked Embarcadero.

But let’s start from the beginning, with the suits. Here’s District 2 rep and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu at last week’s press conference, which is ably described here by Erin Allday. You’ve got to assume Mr. Chiu has gotten an earful from the businesspeople in his district.

But it was all smiles with mayoral stand-in Wade Crowfoot and all the representatives of participating agencies and oranizations, including the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, as represented by Executive Director Leah Shahum on the right. Today’s S.S. seemed not as big a spectacle as last year’s kickoff, but that’s only to be expected due to the time of year and the shorter course.  

Now, on with the show today. A lot of people, but not too overwhelming. As promised, corporate signage was minimal, AFAICS.

Here’s what you want to see, a 500-pound bicycle built for seven complete with a sound system playing Stevie WonderSFBC Director Dan Nguyen-Tan (second from right) can be seen stoking this $13,000 Cobi Conference Bike around AT&T Park.

Some of the trolleys were full (like this one near the Ferry Building) and some were almost empty:

And what’s up in the sky but a World War II-era B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast. Sold off by Uncle Sam for $750  back in 1946. Take a flight yourself for just $400:

R2D2 and Zackdaddy dribbled a soccer ball up the Embarc while on inline skates:

The MSM appeared fascinated with facepainting:

A “Lube Ferry” from the Sports Basement doling out some free adjustments at the foot of Market Street

Mark your calendars for the rest of Sunday Streets 2009:

  • Sunday, May 10: Waterfront Route in the Southeast Sector, highlighting the San Francisco Bay Trail, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in May. From AT&T Park to the Bayview Opera House, along the Bay.
  • Sunday, June 7: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, July 19: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, August 9: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • Sunday, Sept 6: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • More deets after the jump.

     MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES ROUTE FOR MISSION DISTRICT SUNDAY STREETS

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On the eve of kicking off Sunday Streets 2009, Mayor
    Newsom announced the planned route for the Mission District Sunday Streets
    event later this summer.

    “Expanding Sunday Streets to the Mission District by connecting two
    neighborhood parks through major merchant corridors is exciting,” said
    Mayor Newsom.  “We’re working to ensure these events are something fun and
    new for residents and also help local merchants during these tough economic
    times.”

    The planned route for the Mission District events on June 7 and July 19
    will travel from Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street.  This route received City approval this
    week from departments overseeing street closures.  The Mayor’s Office and
    community organizers are working with neighborhood groups and Mission
    district merchants to plan special Mission-district only events for this
    installment of Sunday Streets.

    Sunday Streets 2009 kicks off along the Embarcadero this Sunday, April 26
    between 9AM-1PM. The Bayside portion of the Embarcadero will be closed to
    auto traffic from AT&T Park to Aquatic Park, providing 3.4 miles of open
    space to enjoy.

    “This Sunday’s event is the biggest and best Sunday Streets yet,” explained
    Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
    “Bay Area residents and families can run the bases at AT&T Park, bike
    almost four miles along the route, and try new activities like dance
    classes, yoga sessions, and even a roller-skating rink.”  Additionally,
    Fisherman’s Wharf will be full of new activities, including live bands and
    street performers at Pier 39 and a family fair at Aquatic Park with a
    climbing wall, slides and kids games.

    Sunday Streets 2009 is presented by the Municipal Transportation Agency
    (MTA) and Livable City, a local transportation-oriented non-profit group.
    It also involves participation of over 50 community based groups.  The
    first two Sunday Streets of 2009 are made possible by the generous
    financial sponsorship of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District,
    Kaiser Permanente, Shape Up SF, Webcor Builders, Blue Shield, PG&E, Lennar
    and other local sponsors.  The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be
    managing the Volunteer component of Sunday Streets (to volunteer, please go
    to sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html).

    Residents can find out more about Sunday Streets online at
    www.sundaystreetsSF.com.  Information about auto detours can be accessed by
    calling 311 or visiting online at www.sfgov.org/311.  The event can also be
    accessed easily by taking BART or Muni to the Embarcadero station – both
    the T and F lines are running all day Sunday.

     

    *** PRESS RELEASE ***

      Sunday Streets Organizers Unveil New Programs for This Year’s Events

            Sunday Streets to kick off along Embarcadero on April 26

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – City leaders today unveiled the return of Sunday
    Streets, with new partners and programming for the events being held in San
    Francisco from April through September of this year.

    Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents took part in Sunday Streets last
    summer, which opened local roads on Sunday mornings for physical activity.
    Modeled on a 30-year old program started in South America, Sunday Streets
    creates routes for local families, kids, and adults to walk, jog, and bike,
    and participate in group exercise.  Due to the overwhelmingly positive
    response to the two inaugural Sunday Street events in 2008, Sunday Streets
    will expand to six Sundays this year.

    “In these tough economic times, Sunday Streets provides free and fun
    activities for all Bay Area residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
    “These events promote fitness, build community, and use our streets in a
    whole new way.”

    Sunday Streets 2009 kicks off along the Embarcadero on Sunday, April 26
    between 9AM-1PM. The Bayside portion of the Embarcadero will be closed to
    auto traffic from AT&T Park to Aquatic Park, providing 3.4 miles of open
    space to enjoy.

    Free activities planned for the April 26 event include:

      Dance and yoga classes each hour along the route
      Running of the bases in the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park
      Fitness, Health & Safety Fair in Aquatic Park offering a climbing wall,
      super slide, face painting, balloon sculptures, and more
      Roller rink at Justin Herman Plaza (skates provided), including teaching
      of the Slumdog Millionaire Dance
      Free rock and roll bands in front of Pier 39

    Sunday Streets events are also planned in other San Francisco neighborhoods
    throughout the Spring and Summer:  Sunday, May 10 from AT&T Park to the
    Bayview Opera House and India Basin; Summer routes on June 7, July 19,
    August 9 and September 6 in various neighborhoods, including the Mission
    and along the Great Highway from Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo.

    “Sunday Streets is a great way to get outdoors on Sunday morning and try
    new activities,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.  “It
    furthers our goals to provide all San Franciscans new opportunities to
    experience their city.”

    2009   Sunday   Streets   is  presented  by  the  San  Francisco  Municipal
    Transportation    Agency    (SFMTA)    and    Livable    City,    a   local
    transportation-oriented  non-profit  group.  It also involves participation
    of  over  50  community based groups.  The first two Sunday Streets of 2009
    are made possible by the generous financial sponsorship of the Bay Area Air
    Quality  Management  District,  Kaiser  Permanente,  Shape  Up  SF,  Webcor
    Builders,  Blue  Shield,  PG&E,  Lennar  and other local sponsors.  The San
    Francisco  Bicycle  Coalition  will  be managing the Volunteer component of
    Sunday     Streets     (to     volunteer,     please     go     to     www.
    sundaystreetsSF.com/volunteer.html).

    “Sunday  Streets  represents the best sort of private/public partnership as
    we  all  work together to take better advantage of our public spaces,” said
    Nathaniel  P.  Ford  Sr.,  Executive  Director/CEO  of the SFMTA.  “We also
    encourage  people  to  avail  themselves  of  Muni and other green modes of
    transportation, such as bicycling and walking, to get to the Sunday Streets
    venue on the Embarcadero.”

    Volunteer  opportunities  are  still  available  through the Sunday Streets
    website, www.sundaystreetsSF.com.

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

     

     

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    2 Responses to “Sunday Streets 2009 Kicks Off at San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront”

    1. plug1 says:

      that F-Market (1818) shot is off the hook.

    2. sfcitizen says:

      Muchas, P1.