First of Four Consecutive Monthly Sunday Streets Events along Popular Mission Route Begins this Sunday as Pilot Program
–Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced that this weekend’s Sunday Streets event will kick off a four-month pilot on the popular Mission route. Over the next four consecutive first Sundays of the month, residents can enjoy the 2.2-mile route along Valencia Street between Duboce Avenue and 24th Street and 24th Street between Valencia and Hampshire Streets. The pilot will explore the feasibility of holding more frequent Sunday Streets events on this and other established routes.
“Sunday Streets showcases our City’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, and has also proven a cost-effective way to improve the health of San Franciscans,” said Mayor 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 SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “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. During this pilot, we will be looking closely at how we can help create open spaces in communities like the Mission where park space is limited and support the many small businesses along the way.”
As the hosts of this popular event, business leaders, residents and community organizations play a significant role in presenting diverse and engaging programs that embrace the area’s diverse cultural heritage. The Lower 24th Street Merchant and Neighbors Association and the Mission Merchant Association will host local performers, artists and community programs along 24th Street. Valencia merchants invite participants to explore the many unique shops, art galleries, eateries and community organizations located on this corridor.
Brava Theater, Casa Sanchez and businesses along the eastern portion of Lower 24th Street will enliven their area with performances and activities to encourage participants to travel the length of the route. Participants are invited to stop by Harrison Street between 24th and 25th streets to check out local cultural programming presented by LatinZone Productions and the Lower 24th Merchants.
Program highlights include:
· Live music and activities between Valencia Street at Duboce Avenue and Brava Theater on 24th and York streets;
· Circus Center miniature circus show
· Free bike rentals by Parkwide LLC at Valencia and 15th streets, tune ups from Sports Basement’s Lube Fairies at 24th and Harrison streets and the SF Bicycle Coalition’s popular ‘Freedom from Training Wheels’ course at Valencia and 24th streets;
· Programs for pets presented by Happy Hounds Massage at Valencia and 22nd streets;
· Dance, music and performances by Mission Cultural Center at 24th Street BART Plaza at 24th and Mission streets;
· Capoera classes, DIY screenprinting and City Circus Acrobatics on Valencia Street between 14th and 15th streets;
· Young Performers International, Stern Grove KidStage and other activities for kids in front of the Mission Public Library at 24th and Bartlett streets;
· Classic Pedal Bike show and Bboy/Bgirl Hip Hop performances and lessons at 24th Street and Treat Avenue; and
· Lowrider vehicle expo, featuring custom bicycles and cultural performances at Harrison and 24th streets.
Sunday Streets Neighbors
Although not on the car-free route, this year the McCoppin/Valencia Neighborhood Watch group will join their neighbors to the south by working with Off the Grid and the merchants along Valencia Street between Market Street and Duboce Avenue to offer fun and healthy programming and activities. Off the Grid will set up food trucks at the “McCoppin Hub” (on McCoppin Street, just west of Valencia Street), and Valencia merchants will feature live music, sales and special deals to participants.
While this area is not formally part of the Sunday Streets route—there will be vehicle traffic on these blocks of Valencia—Sunday Streets encourages participants traveling to the Mission via Market Street to check out additional programs at this end of the route.
Sunday Streets is presented by the SFMTA and Livable City, Sunday Streets’ nonprofit fiscal partner in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Parks Department. The 2012 season is co-presented by Bank of America.
Sunday Streets Program Partners include the YMCA of SF, whose local branches help organize youth activities along each route; the California Outdoor Rollersports Association, founded and led by legendary D. Miles a.k.a. “The Godfather of Skate;” and free bike programs and services provided by Parkwide LLC, Mikes Bikes, REI and Sports Basement.
The following community organizations and businesses join Sunday Streets 2012 Presenting Sponsor Bank of America to provide financial support to Sunday Streets: AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bi-Rite Markets, Blue Shield of California, The California Endowment, California Pacific Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Recology, Shape Up SF and United Healthcare Workers West. 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.
Sunday Streets 2012 Season Schedule
May 6: Mission
June 3: Mission
July 1: Mission
July 22: Bayview
August 5: Mission
August 26: Chinatown
September 9: Western Addition/N. Panhandle Alamo Square
October 21: Outer Mission/Excelsior
For more information about Sunday Streets go to SundayStreetsSF.com
. To volunteer, go to SundayStreetsSF/volunteer.com
. For information on Muni routes and vehicle access, call 311 or go to sfgov.org/311