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Sunday Streets 2011 Begins This Weekend on Embarcadero, “Rain or Shine”

This weekend, San Franciscans will walk, run, play, bike, and relax on the city's main waterfront during the first Sunday Streets of the year. It'll take place along the Embarcadero from Fisherman's Wharf to China Basin, right where Sunday Streets began in 2008.

"We'll be out there rain or shine," said Sunday Streets organizer Susan King. "Everybody's planning on rolling out there with us - it'll be a nice day to enjoy a walk in the rain on a car-free street overlooking the bay."

Kids and adults alike can continue to look forward to regular favorites like free bike rentals and lessons as well as a bundle of route-specific activities that Sunday Streets is adding this year. The Embarcadero will host a YMCA Fitness Fair, roller skating, a super slide, the Sardine Family Circus, and the SF Arts Commission's mobile mural wall.

Participants can also play the Fisherman's Wharf Welcome Booth's Wheel of Fortune, learn some local history at the Maritime Museum Association Booth, and enjoy live music with Rock the Bike's pedal-powered stage at East Park. Pier 39 will have world-famous street performers and sing-along dancing, while the SF Recreation and Parks Department will be organizing family activities such as yoga and zumba lessons will be held by the Telegraph Hill Neighbor Center. Ride over and park your bike with the SF Bicycle Coalition's free valet service.

The event will provide one last chance to enjoy the waterfront's clear view of the bay before it dramatically changes for America's Cup, noted King - and let's not take for granted the absence of a freeway, either.

Despite the weather predictions, the pioneers of car-free streets vow to show their resilience. "I was joking to my colleagues that instead of ordering water bottles, we should've ordered umbrellas," said King.

We'll keep our fingers crossed for dry skies. (Who ever said San Francisco weather was predictable?)

The new 11:00 am - 4:00 pm time slot is sure to be a welcome change to late Sunday sleepers such as myself. Find more at

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