Sunday Streets

From Livable City:

Sunday Streets 2011 is underway with monthly events happening the second Sunday of every month and continuing this Sunday, April 10 through September  In addition a new Chinatown/North Beach event is scheduled for this summer (TBA).  The season finale will be held on October 23 in the Mission.

We hope to see you in the car-free streets as many times as possible this year!

Sunday Streets Great Highway/Golden Gate Park is our longest route—nearly  six miles through the park to the end of the Great Highway—12  miles if you make it a round trip. These events in the park are co-sponsored by San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department, who provide access along the smoothly paved JFK Drive and provide significant resources to ensure that the Great Highway/Golden Gate Park Sunday Streets are enjoyable, safe and fun for all.

April 10 Sunday Streets Great Highway highlights:
·      Free bike rentalsby Bay City Bikes (JFK/Transverse) and Bike & Roll (Lincoln /Great Highway)
·      Free bike repairsby REI (Lincoln/Great Highway)
·      ‘Free Wall’ Mural painting: The program—a  collaboration between the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of
Public –Works—creates  a temporary 40-foot-long wall where participants can gather to practice their skills and paint an original mural on      a grand scale. All are welcome to participate in creating this unique piece of art. Paints, brushes and guidance from a street artist curator         provided.
·      Activities for kids:  Presented by Stonestown Family YMCA, Clif Kid, Climate Change Education, Recreation & Parks Dept.,
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Freedom From Training Wheels (Lincoln/Great Highway) and more kid’s fun and games at Sloat on the     Great Highway
·      Fun for our four-legged friends: Pet programming sponsored by Happy Hounds Massage, located on the west end of MLK near Lincoln     (please note: pets must be on leash at all times at Sunday Streets).

Rock to go with your roll:
·      Musical prodigies rock the Great Highway: Crowd favorites 2 Zmooth featuring 14-year old trumpeter phenom Christian Navarro and
his father Frankie perform near the kids area on the Great Highway just north of Lincoln.
·      Be sure to check out 8 year-old drummer Joshua Allen Mojica Hui, performing near Lincoln and Great Highway.
·      Rock the Bike, pedal-powered stage and live music by Fossil Fool and special guests: Great Highway at Rivera
·      The Hiwatters surf rock band, performing on the Great Highway at Sloat throughout the day.

And roll to go with your rock:
CA Outdoor Rollersports Assoc. (CORA) presents: REBOOT Outdoor Skating 2.0:
The fun starts Friday, April 8 with a Roller Disco Party at the Cellspace (more info: http://www.cora.org/BRRDParty2011.htm). On Sunday, head over to the ‘Skatin’ Place’ on JFK Drive at 6th Ave (across from the CA Academy of Sciences in GG Park) to join CORA David Miles, ‘The GodFather of Skate’ in their attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for longest skating Serpentine (a long line of skaters linked hand to hand, weaving like a snake across the pavement). More info: http://www.cora.org.

MORE SKATERS NEEDED!!!  You can register at the event or go online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/166635. More info on the Guinness World Record is posted at http://www.cora.org/worldrecordguidlines.htm

Warning: Snowy Plovers AheadPlease do not disturb their habitat on Ocean Beach and in the dunes along the Great Highway between Judah and Noriega.

From the National Park Service: Ocean Beach is a designated Snowy Plover Protection Area (SPPA). The Western Snowy Plover was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1993. This listing was due to drastic population decreases caused by habitat loss and increased interference caused by human disturbance and development. Among other things, the plover’s threatened status affords it protection from harassment (‘‘harass’’ is defined as ‘an intentional or negligent act or omission which creates the likelihood of injury to wildlife by annoying it to such an extent as to significantly disrupt normal behavior patterns which include, but are not limited to, breeding, feeding, or sheltering.’’) Snowy Plovers weigh less than two ounces and because of their small size, cryptic habits, and coloration, are hard to see with the untrained eye. Plovers feed on invertebrates found in the wet sand, among kelp and debris on the shore, and in dry sandy areas or in low dune vegetation above the high tide line. When resting, Snowy Plovers usually take shelter in footprints, vehicle tracks, or the lee of kelp, driftwood or sparsely vegetated low dunes on the widest areas of beaches. Snowy Plovers are particular in their habitat choices; they need to rest and feed on wide, flat, open beaches where they can see potential predators approaching. These conditions are found at Ocean Beach and Snowy plovers occupy the areas between Judah and Noriega during the months of April – July.

Be a Sunday Streets superstar: volunteer
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition manages the thousands of volunteers who, collectively, provide hundreds of hours of dedicated work to keep Sunday Streets safe and fun for everyone. To volunteer go to: www.sundaystreetsSF.com/volunteer
Sunday Streets volunteers get a free Sunday Streets t-shirt, lunch, and the great feeling they helped make Sunday Streets possible!

Volunteer opportunities for Sunday Streets 2011 season:

·      May 8: Mission—includes the popular route along 24th and Valencia streets;
·      June 12: Bayview, 3rd Street from Bayview Opera House to Dogpatch, Lower Potrero Hill;
·      July 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park;
·      August 14: Civic Center/Tenderloin;
·      September 11: Western Addition—North Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore neighborhoods;
·      October 23; Mission—same route as May 8
·      Coming this summer: NEW Chinatown/North Beach route, details coming soon

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