At Livable City, we work to connect this city – through complete streets, great neighborhoods, sustainable transportation, and the Sunday Streets program. We need your help to continue shaping San Francisco into a place where everyone feels at home. Take, for example, Joe Avina and his son DJ.
Joe is a single father who lives in Fremont. In 2010, he came to Sunday Streets Embarcadero after searching for inexpensive activities he and DJ could do in the Bay Area. At the Great Highway event that year, DJ learned to ride his bike without training wheels. This was one of Joe’s favorite moments – watching DJ ride his bike in the middle of the Great Highway and play with the other kids next to the Pacific Ocean. “After DJ learned to ride without training wheels, I was forced to get a bike myself,” Joe recalls. “It helped me realize that it’s not just exercise, but a way to connect with my child in a way that’s healthy, free and fun.” Since that day over four years ago, Joe and DJ have attended dozens of Sunday Streets.
For Joe, “it’s not just about riding bikes or playing, the free goodies or the rock climbing walls. The people have a lot to do with it. People from the communities, the Bay Area, and especially the volunteers.” Because of Sunday Streets, father and son have shared new experiences together, sampling Venga empanadas, wandering through Fisherman’s Wharf, and riding throughout San Francisco’s parks. It’s also shifted his transit habits. “Sunday Streets has made me learn how to use BART while riding bikes, and has extended our rides to places all over the Bay that I might not have tried if I hadn’t learned how accessible it was – thanks to Sunday Streets.”
Sunday Streets, which brought nearly 300,000 people together in neighborhoods across the city, is just one part of how we work to connect this city. Sunday Streets opens the streets in your neighborhood one day a year. Livable City is working to open the streets in your neighborhood every day to make San Francisco more livable, healthy, and equitable. In response to San Francisco’s housing crisis, we championed the passage of six pieces of legislation, positively impacting as many as 100,000 homes. We strengthened requirements for street-level design of new buildings and adjacent sidewalks to improve safety, neighborhood livability, and commercial vitality. We helped advance a plan to improve Muni, which you will see take shape as Van Ness’s bus rapid transit line begins construction in 2015.
We want to bring you more Sunday Streets, more often, but we can’t do it without you. This program costs nearly $400,000 annually to provide free, fun, and healthy programming across the city. Your donation supports this program. Your support will also help Livable City replace a freeway stub with a new neighborhood, rebuild the city with complete streets, and improve transit capacity and reliability.
We hope you will make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to Livable City of $50, $100, or more. We also invite you to pledge to volunteer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with us so we can shape San Francisco into a more livable city. Thank you for your support. We’re looking forward to seeing you back at Sunday Streets next year.