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Release date: 7/8/11

*** 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 reprise one of its most popular routes: 4.5 miles spanning the entire length of Golden Gate Park, connecting the existing Sunday car-free area on Martin Luther King Drive to the ocean and continuing along the Great Highway between Lincoln and Sloat boulevards. Route details are available on the attached map.

“We are excited to present this popular route along San Francisco’s coast for the second time this season,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Sunday Streets in Golden Gate Park and along Great Highway is a fantastic way for Bay Area families, residents and visitors to explore the rugged coast and beautiful natural areas in San Francisco’s western communities.”

“As the lead City agency for Sunday Streets, the SFMTA encourages our fellow San Franciscans and regional neighbors to explore Golden Gate Park and our beautiful coast this Sunday,” said Debra A. Johnson, SFMTA Acting 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.”

“SF Rec and Park is proud to be part of the City team to present Sunday Streets Program where San Franciscans can get out and play from Golden Gate Park to Great Highway.” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are thankful for Mayor Lee’s leadership and SFMTA, Livable City and other community leaders' support to make this event possible.”

Circus Bella, an open air, one-ring circus featuring contemporary, high-level acts set to an original score performed by live musicians, joins Sunday Streets for the second year in a row as part of their “Circus in the Parks” series. They will perform a free 12:30 p.m. show in Golden Gate Park’s Lindley Meadow (John F. Kennedy Drive near 36th Avenue/Spreckles Lake).

At 2 p.m., the San Francisco Symphony will present a free concert in Sharon Meadow. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Symphony’s instrument petting zoo and pre-concert activities from 1 to 2 p.m.

Other fun activities in Golden Gate Park include:

  • 6th Avenue Skatin’ Place, hosted by David Miles, “The Godfather of Skate,” who will offer free skate rentals, lessons and funkytown roller disco tunes all day
  • RollerSoccer International roller skate soccer demonstrations
  • Lindy in the Park will feature free Lindy Hop and swing dance lessons from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by two hours of open dance on the John F. Kennedy Drive 10th Avenue overpass
  • Parks Trust activity area, including pedal-powered smoothie making, will provide free bike tune-ups with Sports Basement Lube Fairies and fun, family-focused activities
  • Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic dance area will feature live Zydeco near Spreckles Lake

The Sunday Streets main activity area at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Great Highway will feature activities along Martin Luther King Drive, Sunday Streets sponsors and bike services on Lincoln Boulevard and a kid’s activity area on the Great Highway across from Lincoln Boulevard.

The Climate Change Education Mobile Climate Science Lab, which allows kids the opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments, will be located in the kid’s activity area. This month’s Mobile Climate Lab will feature a special guest educator, 10-year-old Amada Webster. Webster has become a specialist in ocean acidification science and will highlight how Sunday Streets and its efforts to reduce carbon emissions can help save our oceans.

Other programs include:

  • Community-based organization information and outreach (Martin Luther King Drive between Bernice Rodgers and the Pet Pavilion)
  • Pet Pavilion, featuring dozens of animal service organizations offering adoption info and services
  • SF Bicycle Coalition’s popular “Freedom from Training Wheels” course (Lincoln Boulevard and Great Highway)
  • Kid’s activities by Stonestown Family YMCA, and free healthy snack samples by GoGo SqueeZ
  • Free bike repairs by Mike’s Bikes
  • Free bike rentals by Bike & Roll
  • Electric Bike demos by New Wheel Bikes
  • Free JAMband Family Festival at the Park Chalet (Great Highway near Fulton), starting at 3 p.m.

Additional activities, including live music by the future rock n’ rollers in the Rock Project who will perform near Sloat Boulevard on Great Highway, will line the route from Lincoln Boulevard to Sloat Boulevard. This route also offers many opportunities to stop and take in the breathtaking ocean views along the way.

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:

  • August 14: Civic Center and the Tenderloin
  • September 11: Western Addition, North Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore
  • October 23: Mission, along 24th and Valencia streets
  • TBD: Chinatown and North Beach

For more information about Sunday Streets go to

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