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Release date: Oct. 20, 2011
*** Press Release ***
San Francisco’s Sunday Streets will hold the 2011 season finale Sunday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., ending the season on a high note with an event along one of the most popular Sunday Streets routes— the Mission District. The route will include most of two major merchant corridors: Valencia Street between Duboce and 24th streets and 24th between Valencia and Hampshire streets. As always this event will feature a wide array of activities, cultural performances and family, health, environmental and community-focused programs along the two-mile long route.
“As of this Sunday San Francisco will have hosted more than 25 Sunday Streets events, covering more than 20 San Francisco neighborhoods, and engaged an estimated half million participants over the last four years,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Sunday Streets is not just about having fun; recently Sunday Streets was recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Partnership for a Healthy America, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, as a program that increases opportunities for healthy family activities. Plans are now underway for next year's Sunday Streets 2012 season, which promises to be even bigger and better, with new programs and a few surprises."
“Sunday Streets in San Francisco has evolved into an internationally recognized civic institution,” said Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors. “No matter where it’s held in San Francisco, this program is vital in promoting sustainable transportation, revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting diverse communities.”
“Sunday Streets represents one of the more significant and tangible ways that San Francisco is rethinking and transforming how we think of and use our public rights-of-way – using them for people to enjoy on bike and on foot, not just to pass through in a car,” said Edward D. Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “Since the program began in 2008, Sunday Streets has evolved and improved with each event and grown each season to reach more neighborhoods across the City.”
As host of this popular event, Mission merchants, residents and community organizations play a big part in presenting diverse and engaging programs that embrace the area’s Latino heritage and the area’s creative activist community. Programs and activities along the Mission route will showcase arts, performances and community-led programs along 24th and Valencia streets. Merchants, especially those on the newly included northern portion of Valencia Street offer an opportunity to explore the many unique shops, art galleries, eateries and community organizations located on this corridor.
Activities at the October 23 Sunday Streets event include:
Sunday Streets is sponsored by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 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 provide additional city support. Sunday Streets non-profit partners include the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which manages Sunday Streets’ volunteer program, the Bay Area Chapter of American Red Cross, which provides medical support and City CarShare, which provides free use of their fleet of cars. Clear Channel Radio, The San Francisco Examiner and Scoutmob provide media sponsorship.
At all Sunday Streets events, the YMCA organizes youth activities and the California Outdoor Rollersports Association and D. Miles a.k.a. “The Godfather of Skate” provide a roller disco, including free skates and lessons. The free bike rentals at Sunday Streets are provided by Bike & Roll, Bay Area Bike Rentals, Blazing Saddles and The New Wheel. Bike repair is provided by Mikes Bikes, REI and Sports Basement.
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 Department of Public Health and Department of Children Youth and Families), Kaiser Permanente, University of San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, the California Endowment and PG&E.
For more information about Sunday Streets go to sundaystreetssf.com.
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