Sunday Streets Mission #1

March 8th, 2020 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

On March 8, Sunday Streets kicks off a season of open streets – from Duboce Ave to 26th St, Valencia Street transforms into a car-free community space for all to enjoy. Join the international open streets movement to reclaim open space for public use!

Check out two Activity Hubs at 24th and 16th Streets and over a mile of live music, interactive art projects and open space for recreation and social connection. In partnership with Mission Housing (MHDC), a Pop-up Play Streets block in front of Valencia Gardens brings sports games, bubbles, fun activities and more for residents and neighbors to come together. 

Roll, walk or pedal to institutions, local businesses and treasured landmarks on the Valencia corridor. Get your weekly exercise and enjoy live music, cultural performances, art activities and more.

Sunday Streets two annual events in the Mission celebrate the area’s rich history and local offerings, giving both residents and visitors a chance to experience the area’s murals, art and diverse mix of businesses in an accessible, community-driven setting.

For Sunday Streets Mission’s summer event, click here.

TRANSIT & LIVABILITY

Multiple bus lines and two BART stations make the area a transit hub, and popular restaurants and clubs draw patrons from across the Bay Area.

In a neighborhood with a high concentration of children and families, Sunday Streets provides safe open space for kids to run, bike and play. Open streets are accessible to those with limited mobility, too, and a great place for people to gather and meet.

Valencia is a popular route for bike commuters and often cited as an ideal street to pedestrianize year-round.  At Sunday Streets, be sure to check out the new protected bike lane pilot between 15th and Market Streets, and take a moment to envision what a permanently car-free Valencia might look like.

DID YOU KNOW?

From 1865 to 1891, large conservatory and zoo Woodward’s Gardens covered two city blocks bounded by Mission, Valencia, 13th Street, and 15th Streets.

Large numbers of Mexican immigrants living in Rincon Hill were displaced in the 1940s-60s for the construction of the Bay Bridge’s western landing. Many moved to the Mission District, creating the hub of Latin-American culture the neighborhood is known for today.

Though it’s largely filled-in today, Mission Creek still runs underground in parts of the area. It was was once navigable from Mission Bay all the way to the Mission Dolores area.

Getting there

The Mission is one of the most transit-rich neighborhoods in San Francisco. Livable City strongly encourage biking, walking, or taking public transportation to get to Sunday Streets.

MUNI:  For trip planning and other Muni-related info, go to www.sfmta.com. Visit sfmta.com/alerts the week before the event for updated information on any MUNI lines that will be rerouted during the event. The Mission Sunday Streets route is served by the following MUNI lines:

  • K, L, M, T and F lines on Market St, just 1/2 a block north of the route
  • J line on Church St stops at 18th St, just 2 blocks west of the route.
  • The 22, 33, and 48 provide access to Valencia St, along with the 14 and 49 lines one block away on Mission St.

BART: Take BART to the 16th St or 24th St BART Stations. Both are just 1 short block from the Sunday Streets route on Valencia St. For trip planning, go to www.bart.gov

BIKE: Get in the spirit for Sunday Streets by biking there! Go to:  www.sfbike.org to download a bike map to help find a flat, bike-friendly route from your area or the nearest transit stop to Sunday Streets. Got a long way to go? Shorten the trip by taking transit part of the way. Muni buses have bike racks for 2 bikes, BART and Caltrain both allow bikes on board. For more information about bikes on BART, go to www.bart.gov/guide/bikes.

By Car: Should you choose to drive, be aware that the Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8am and no stopping or parking is allowed on the streets after that (even if you’re just stopping for a moment for a cup of coffee), and no vehicles are allowed to drive onto the route after 10:00am.

Should you choose to drive, check out SFPark.org and parkme.com to identify available parking lots and spaces nearby. Additionally, parking may be available at these locations near the route:

Detours and Parking Changes

TOWING: The Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8am. Including the following streets:

  • Valencia St between 26th St and Duboce St
  • 15th St, first two parking spaces east and west of Valencia St 
  • 23rd St, between San Jose Ave and Bartlett St

No parking or stopping will be allowed on these streets after 8am (even if you’re just stopping for a quick cup of coffee, your car may be towed).

DETOURS & LOCAL ACCESS: Streets close to vehicle traffic starting at 10:00am, and remain closed to vehicle traffic until 4pm.

  • Vehicle traffic will be allowed to cross Valencia St on Duboce Ave, 16th St, 18th St and 24th St.
  • North/southbound traffic should use Guerrero St, Mission St, or Folsom St instead of Valencia St

If you need vehicle access to/from your home or place of business during this time, please contact us as early as possible. Email SundayStreets@livablecity.org or call 415-344-0489 to coordinate access.