Sunday Streets returns to SF 

After a seven-month hiatus, the Sunday Streets program will return to San Francisco this weekend with pedestrians, cyclists and other aerobic buffs set to take over the Fisherman’s Wharf, SoMa and Mission Bay neighborhoods for the event.

The 2010 debut of the popular street-closure outing will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, with various festivities scheduled along the route, which stretches from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf to Mariposa Street in China Basin. The bulk of the event will take place on The Embarcadero, where on-site stations will offer roller skate lessons, free bike rentals, salsa dancing and many more activities. The event is scheduled to wrap up at 3 p.m.

When it was introduced two years ago, Sunday Streets had its skeptics, but it has become a highly anticipated event at Fisherman’s Wharf, according to Kevin Carroll, president of the neighborhood’s Community Benefit District.

To welcome the crowds of people expected to flow into Fisherman’s Wharf, local merchants have set up a series of fitness exhibits, including a climbing wall, pedal-powered amusement rides and exercise stations.

“It’s real exciting to have an opportunity for locals to come and enjoy Fisherman’s Wharf,” Carroll said. “The City has really worked well with us to make sure this event is enjoyable for everyone.”

Katherine Webster, president of the South Beach/Mission Bay Merchants Association, said the neighborhood is excited to again play a role in the Sunday Streets program.

“We have a lot of families with young children, and lots of pet owners who love to get out and exercise,” Webster said, adding that several local establishments are looking forward to the economic benefits of the event. “It’s a great way to bring people together.”

The Sunday Streets scheduled this weekend is the first of nine planned this year, which is three more than in 2009. Other neighborhoods slated to host the event include Ocean Beach, Western Addition, the Mission district and the Bayview district.

“We’re pumped for the season opener, and we can’t wait to see Sunday Streets grow even more,” said Andy Thornley, program director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which will have a series of exhibits along the route Sunday.

“It’s amazing how quickly Sunday Streets has become a San Francisco tradition,” said Judson True, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is helping stage the event.

“While The City is playing a major role in Sunday Streets, none of this could be possible without the incredible commitment and enthusiasm of so many volunteers and organizers,” he said.

More information about the event can be found at sundaystreetssf.com.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

 

Fun in the sun

The first Sunday Streets program will be held this weekend.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fisherman’s Wharf to China Basin, along The Embarcadero, King Street and Terry Francois Boulevard

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