Sunday Streets Heading to Golden Gate Park and the Coast
Release date: April 12, 2012
*** Press Release ***
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the city, today announced that Sunday Streets will reprise one of its most popular routes: Golden Gate Park and Great Highway. The second event of San Francisco’s Sunday Streets 2012 season will be held this Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A new path through Golden Gate Park will move participants off of JFK Drive west of Transverse Drive to MLK Drive for a quieter setting that allows better access for other park users and provides a better connection to the rest of the activities on Great Highway.
“Sunday Streets Great Highway/Golden Gate Park provides an opportunity to highlight the West side of our City to many San Francisco residents and visitors,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “These events are a great way for families and adults to engage in healthy, fun activities together and support local communities near each route.”
“As the lead agency for Sunday Streets, the SFMTA looks forward to bringing back this popular event,” said Edward D. Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “This weekend we will open up the Great Highway and streets in Golden Gate Park for San Francisco residents and visitors to enjoy. Sunday Streets is a great way to explore areas of the city by foot, bike and transit.”
Signs and volunteers will be out on the Golden Gate Park portion of the route to alert participants of the route change. The new route will turn south on Transverse Drive off of JFK Drive, then west on Middle Drive and continue on the traditional western portion of the route from Bernice Rodgers/MLK Drive to Lincoln Way and both lanes of Upper Great Highway from Lincoln Way to Sloat Boulevard.
“SF Rec and Park is proud to be a sponsor of Sunday Streets where San Franciscans can enjoy outdoor recreation throughout the City,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “SF Rec and Park team is working closely with the Mayor’s Office, SFMTA and Livable City to provide safe and clean space for community gatherings on our streets.”
Dozens of programs, live music and performances will line the route along JFK and MLK drives in Golden Gate Park and along Great Highway from Lincoln Way to Sloat Boulevard, providing opportunities for participants to stop, dance and take in breathtaking Pacific Ocean views along the way as well as to contribute to the Guinness book of records.
David Miles, aka “The Godfather of Skate” and the founder of the California Outdoor Rollersports Association (CORA), will invite Sunday Street participants to help him make a second attempt to establish the Guinness World Records for the “Longest Chain of Roller Skaters” and for the “Longest Skating Serpentine.” Last year Miles and CORA set the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Longest Chain of Inline Skaters” at Sunday Streets.
Other fun activities along the route include:
Sunday Streets is presented by the SFMTA and Livable City, Sunday Streets’ non-profit fiscal partner. The 2012 season is co-presented by Bank of America. The Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Parks Department.
The following community organizations and businesses join Sunday Streets 2012 Presenting Sponsor Bank of America to provide financial support to Sunday Streets: Recology, United Healthcare Workers West, Blue Shield, AT&T, Shape Up SF, Kaiser Permanente, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Pacific Medical Center, The Seed Fund, The California Endowment and UCSF, Sports Basement, Mikes Bikes, REI, Clif Kid and Bi-Rite Markets. Major in-kind support is provided by The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, which provides Emergency Medical support, City CarShare and Parkwide LLC. The San Francisco Examiner and Clear Channel Radio are media sponsors. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition runs Sunday Streets’ volunteer program.
Business community support includes Fisherman’s Wharf, Tenderloin and Fillmore Community Benefits Districts, Lower 24th Street (Mission), Bayview, Taraval and Outer Sunset and Valencia Corridor Merchant Associations, San Francisco and Chinese Chambers of Commerce, and dozens of community groups representing host neighborhoods along Sunday Streets routes.
Sunday Streets 2012 Season Schedule:
For more information about Sunday Streets go to www.sundaystreetssf.com. To volunteer, go to www.sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer. For information on Muni routes and vehicle access, call 311 or go to www.sfgov.org/311.
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