“Penguins to Penguins” Sunday Streets Kicks Off This Weekend

great_highway_bike.jpgNow imagine riding on that road. Flickr photo: J.B. Davis

The next two Sunday Streets are moving from the heart of the busy Mission to two of San Francisco’s more picturesque natural locales as it winds through Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway along Ocean Beach.

This Sunday, August 9th and again on Sunday, September 6th, the city will close approximately six miles (including the portion on JFK through the park), the longest route yet. The events will run from 10 am – 2 pm.

"Each route brings a different set of challenges and this one is no different," said Susan King, Sunday Streets organizer for Livable City. "There are only two intersections on this one, versus more than forty on the Mission route. This is the longest route to date and will be a great bike ride route."

In addition to the usual Sunday Streets activities
– free bike rentals provided by Bike & Roll and Bay City Bicycle
Rentals and Tours, dance lessons by Cheryl Burke Dance (of Dancing with
the Stars fame), a skating rink and lessons with David Miles (aka ‘the
Godfather of Skate’) – there will be Russian dance demonstrations,
displays provided by ‘Playland-Not-At-The-Beach’ museum and penguin-themed activities by the California Academy of Sciences and the San
Francisco Zoo.

"This route connects the California Academy and institutions in the Concourse of Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo," said Livable City Board President Cheryl Brinkman. "We have dubbed it ‘Penguins to Penguins.’"

According to event organizers, the inaugural Sunday Streets events in 2008 drew more than 15,000 people each weekend creating huge demand for more. Last month’s event in the Mission drew upwards of 25,000 participants. 

We look forward to seeing you out there. Please submit your photos to our Flickr account here. Check out a map of the route after the jump.

Route_small.jpgClick to enlarge. Image: Sunday Streets

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