Street Closure Committee Approves First Two Sunday Streets Routes

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Mayor Newsom overcame a significant hurdle today for his Sunday Streets program as the first two proposed routes received unanimous approval at a meeting of the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT), a committee made up of MTA, DPW, SFPD, SFFD, and others with business on our city’s streets.

Wade Crowfoot, the Mayor’s Director of Climate Initiatives, made the case that Sunday Streets promotes health and fitness, environmentally sustainable transportation options, and is an important free activity in tough economic times.  He highlighted the significance of garnering support this year from some of last year’s most vocal opponents, such as Pier 39 and the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Betterment District. 

The monthly ISCOTT meetings underscore just how difficult it is to re-program streets for uses other than vehicular traffic, as committee members peppered supplicants with all manner of minutia, from emergency lane widths and turning radii, to clean-up procedures and pedestrian egress points.  The Mayor’s proposal for Sunday Streets, however, was a relatively smooth affair, with SFPD and SFFD clearly already on board and willing partners. 

Asked after the meeting whether the small four-hour window of closures would be lengthened in the future, Crowfoot said that the the Bayview Merchants had clamored for more street-closure time for the May 10th event.  "If we’re successful with these first six, I would love to expand the frequency and duration of the events," he said.

Flickr photo: dendowling

  • I was in Command Central last year for the second Sunday Streets and I can confirm that the SFPD and SFFD seem to get it – since they are the ones who respond to car crashes I think they realize that removing cars from streets only makes the streets safer. Since these events don’t put anything in the street such as food or art vending booths access for emergency vehicles is pretty straightforward. I hope that as more Sunday Streets occur with no issues and lots of positive response the ISCOTT process will become easier.

    Come out and play.

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