Sunday Streets Concludes 2012 Season with New Route in the Excelsior District this Weekend
Release date: October 18, 2012
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Note: Sunday Streets Excelsior District Route Map (.pdf) attached.
San Francisco’s Sunday Streets 2012 Season is coming to a close, ending the program’s fifth season on a high note along a newly developed route through San Francisco’s diverse Excelsior District. The route includes the bustling outer Mission merchant corridor from Silver to Seneca avenues and connects with Balboa BART station half block from the southern start of the route at Seneca and San Jose avenues.
Sunday Streets Excelsior event coincides with the 10th annual Excelsior Festival, which will take place just west of Sunday Streets route along Mission Street on Ocean Avenue, Ruth and Persia Streets. As always, this event features a diverse array of activities, cultural performances, family, health, environmental and community-focused programs.
“Sunday Streets showcases our city’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, and has also proven to be a cost-effective way to improve the health of San Franciscans,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “We are committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2012 and beyond.”
“San Francisco residents, merchants and visitors have enthusiastically embraced Sunday Streets and are consistently asking us for more of these kinds of programs,” said Edward D. Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “We are proud to introduce a new element to Sunday Streets by testing a regular car-free route through one of San Francisco’s most populated and diverse neighborhoods.”
Sunday Streets’ phenomenal success has inspired other communities to consider this program. “Sunday Streets is a region-wide phenomena now,” said Tom Radulovich, Executive Director of Livable City. “We are seeing so many Bay Area communities express interest in hosting car-free open streets and looking to San Francisco for advice and organizing strategies.” Communities hosting their own car-free streets events this year include Santa Cruz, Fairfax (Marin county), and most recently, Berkeley, who hosted their first Sunday Streets this week, drawing an estimated 30,000-40,000 participants.
As host to this popular event the Excelsior Action Group, an association made up of merchants, residents and community organizations play a big part in presenting diverse and engaging programs that embrace the area’s ethnically diverse cultures through performances and activities both within the Excelsior Festival and along the route.
Program Highlights Include:
Mission Street (between Silver and Brazil avenues)
Mission Street (between Brazil and Persia avenues)
Mission Street at Persia Avenue
Mission Street (between Persia and Russia avenues)
Mission Street (between Russia and France avenues)
Mission Street at Seneca Avenue
Seneca Avenue (between Delano and Cayuga avenues)
Seneca at San Jose Avenue
Sunday Streets is presented by the SFMTA and Livable City, Sunday Streets’ nonprofit fiscal partner responsible for the day-to-day management of the program. The 2012 season is co-presented by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by: AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente, Mikes Bikes, Recology, REI, Shape Up SF, Sports Basement, United Healthcare Workers West and BART.
Major resources and support for Sunday Streets comes from The Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works, Department of Public Health and the Recreation and Parks Department, The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, which provides emergency medical support, City CarShare provides staff use of their vehicles and Parkwide LLC provides free bike rentals to participants during Sunday Streets and Recology provides waste management at each event. The San Francisco Examiner and Clear Channel Radio are media sponsors. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition manages Sunday Streets’ volunteer program.
For more information about Sunday Streets, please visit www.sundaystreetssf.com.
To volunteer, please go to www.sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer
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