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Release date: 8/11/11

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in San Francisco, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that Sunday Streets will return this year to the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 2.5-mile route that begins at Civic Center, travels along Golden Gate Avenue, Jones Street, Ellis Street and O’Farrell Street into the heart of the Tenderloin.

“Through Sunday Streets we are able to create temporary open space and recreational opportunities in neighborhoods that need it most,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “The Tenderloin is one of the most densely populated communities in our City, and there are not a lot of open spaces or safe places for residents to recreate and relax. That is also why next month we will be holding a new Sunday Streets pilot event in two other neighborhoods in need of open space – Chinatown and North Beach.”

“As the lead City agency for Sunday Streets, the SFMTA encourages our fellow San Franciscans and regional neighbors to explore the heart of our City,” said Debra A. Johnson, Acting SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “No matter where it’s held in San Francisco this program plays an important role in promoting sustainable transportation, revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting diverse communities across San Francisco.”

The San Francisco Public Library’s third annual Tricycle Music Festival will feature live music geared towards children and families on the Main Library steps from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional kid-focused activities are scheduled across the street in Civic Center Plaza at Grove and Larkin streets by Shih Yu-Lang YMCA, along with the SF Bicycle Coalition’s “Freedom from Training Wheels” class and free bike repairs and rentals for participants of all ages.

The San Francisco Department of the Environment will curate an “Eco Zone” in front of their office on Grove Street between Hyde and Larkin streets, featuring environmental-themed activities.

San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks is taking this opportunity to showcase Tenderloin recreation facilities, including Boedekker Park (at Jones and Eddy streets), Sgt. John Macauley Mini Park (at O’Farrell and Larkin streets) and the historic Tenderloin Recreation Center and Children’s Playground (at 630 Ellis Street near Larkin Street). Live music, performances and activities for all ages will be presented by the Tenderloin Community Benefit District along car-free Tenderloin streets. Friends of Boedekker Park are scheduling a full day of activities and live music in the park, and Friends of Sgt. John Macauley Mini Park on O’Farrell at Larkin are organizing activities at this park.

Other programs along the route include:

  • Square dance and break dance lessons in Civic Center Plaza
  • Funky Town Roller Disco with music and free skate rentals and roller soccer demonstrations (on Fulton between Larkin and Hyde)
  • Free bike rentals provided by Blazing Saddles (Civic Center). Free minor bike tune-ups presented by REI and Mikes Bikes (Civic Center and Boedekker Park).

Sunday Streets is made possible thanks to Mayor Lee and the City of San Francisco and Livable City, the non-profit fiscal sponsor of Sunday Streets responsible for the day-to-day management of the program.

City agencies, including the San Francisco Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Recreation and Parks Department, and the Department of Public Health have provided additional city support. Sunday Streets non-profit partners include the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition that manages Sunday Streets’ volunteer program, the Bay Area Chapter of American Red Cross that provides medical support and City CarShare that provides free use of their fleet of cars. Clear Channel and The San Francisco Examiner have provided media sponsorship.

Major funding for Sunday Streets is provided by Sunday Streets Lead Sponsor Bank of America, supporting sponsors AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Shape Up SF (a program of the departments of Public Health and Children Youth and Families), California Pacific Medical Center, and PG&E.

Sunday Streets 2011 Season Schedule:

  • Sept. 11: Western Addition, North Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore
  • New! Sept. 18: Chinatown and North Beach
  • Oct. 23: Mission, along 24th and Valencia streets

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