San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced the dates and locations for nine Sunday Streets events for 2010, starting on March 14th along the Embarcadero and finishing October 24th around Civic Center. Building off the tremendous success of the events in 2009, Mayor Newsom announced the events will expand to new communities and run for an extra hour, eventually becoming a permanent San Francisco tradition.
"We introduced Sunday Streets in 2008 as an incentive for San Franciscans to become more active and healthy, and experience the diverse communities within our City," Mayor Newsom said in a release. "The people of San Francisco have responded with overwhelming support, and we are proud to expand the number and duration of Sunday Streets events in 2010 as well as add at least one regular car-free recreational space to meet this enthusiastic demand for more of these kinds of programs."
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) will again manage the execution of the events, with support from the Mayor’s Office and other city departments. Livable City, a sustainable transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the events' fiscal sponsor and manage the day-to-day operations of the program. Mayor Newsom and the SFMTA also announced a pilot project in one or more neighborhoods to host car-free recreation opportunities on a weekly or monthly basis, though details weren't provided.
2010 Sunday Streets Locations after the jump:
March 14: Embarcadero, starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39, south to China Basin and Terry Francois Blvd.
April 11: Along the Great Highway, coinciding with World Health Day's “1,000 Cities, 1,000 Lives” international event, as one of thousands of cities hosting simultaneous car-free events worldwide.
April 18: Bayview, along 3rd Street from King and 4th (Caltrain Station) to Bayview Playground.
May 23: Bayview, in conjunction with the 3rd Street Corridor Project and Bayview Merchant’s Association’s “3rd Street Festival.”
June 20: Mission, along Valencia and 24th Streets.
July 11: Mission.
August 22: Great Highway/Golden Gate Park.
September 19: NEW: Western Addition, exact location TBD.
October 24: NEW Civic Center/Tenderloin, exact location TBD.