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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

MAYOR LEE ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF SUNDAY STREETS WITH BIGGEST SEASON TO DATE
More Events, New Route in Southwestern Neighborhoods, Kick Off on March 11th Along Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the return of the popular Sunday Streets program with a full schedule of car-free events starting Sunday, March 11th, along the Embarcadero. The eight-month Sunday Streets 2012 season opens streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds by temporarily removing vehicular traffic on select Sundays, transforming street-space usually reserved for cars into recreational space for everyone to enjoy safely.

“Sunday Streets not only showcases San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, it is a proven cost-effective way to better health for San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “We’re committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2012 and beyond. We look forward to returning to Chinatown, doing a more frequent Mission route, and adding a new route in the Southwest neighborhoods of our City to bring the benefits of Sunday Streets to more San Francisco neighborhoods.”

Founded in 2008, Sunday Streets has grown from two events to 10 and creates miles of car-free space on City roads. San Francisco was the third city in the United States to premier this free, community-oriented initiative. Since then it has become the nation’s largest, and one of the City’s most exciting initiatives promoting benefits such as biking, walking, recreation, and community-building. The program was one of only eight programs in the country to be selected for possible inclusion in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign.

Highlights this year include:
·        Continuing and possibly expanding the new Chinatown event;
·        Increasing the popular Mission District event to four consecutive events held on the first Sunday of May, June, July and August; and
·        Introducing a new route in Southwestern neighborhoods.

Sunday Streets is presented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Livable City, Sunday Streets’ non-profit fiscal partner. The 2012 season is co-presented by Bank of America. The Mayor’s Office, San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Parks Department.
“We are proud to host our most ambitious Sunday Streets program to date,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “The Sunday Streets program has a tremendous impact on San Franciscans and visitors alike, who have started to envision the streets in a whole new way; not just as a means to get from place to place, but as an opportunity to create a healthier, more connected City for all.”

“Sunday Streets brings tens of thousands of people outside to explore more than 20 distinct neighborhoods of San Francisco. As a global company founded in San Francisco, Bank of America is proud to support this wonderful event,” said Bank of America San Francisco and East Bay Market President Martin Richards. “Sunday Streets and Bank of America share a commitment to building economically strong, connected, healthy communities in San Francisco and to celebrate the many diverse communities that benefit from the program.”

Financial partners include: AT&T, Shape Up SF, Kaiser Permanente, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Pacific Medical Center, PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced, The Seed Fund, The California Endowment and UCSF. Neighborhood sponsors include Sports Basement, Mikes Bikes, REI, CH2MHILL, Clif Kid, The New Wheel, Darling International, Bi-Rite Markets, and The Exploratorium. 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.

Business community support includes Fisherman’s Wharf, Tenderloin and Fillmore Community Benefits Districts, Lower 24th Street (Mission), Bayview, Taraval and Outer Sunset and Valencia Corridor Merchant Associations, San Francisco and Chinese Chambers of Commerce, and dozens of community groups representing host neighborhoods along Sunday Streets routes.

Sunday Streets 2012 Season Schedule (subject to change):
·        March 11: Embarcadero- Season kick off 
·        April 15: Great Highway/Golden Gate park- new route through the park 
·        May 6: Mission 
·        June 3: Mission 
·        July 1: Mission 
·        July 22: Bayview/Dogpatch 
·        August 5: Mission 
·        August TBA: Chinatown 
·        September 9: Western Addition/N. Panhandle Alamo Square 
·        October 21: Outer Mission/Excelsior

Sunday Streets Information: SundayStreetsSF.com. Volunteer Information: SundayStreetsSF.com/volunteer.  MUNI routes and vehicle access, call 311 or go to sfgov.org/311.

Monday, March 14, 2011

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MAYOR LEE ANNOUNCES SUNDAY STREETS 2011 SEASON WITH NEW CHINATOWN-NORTH BEACH ROUTE
New Hours, New Routes, New Programming for 2011 Season, Kicking Off March 20th Along the Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the return of Sunday Streets to the streets of San Francisco with a full schedule of car-free events, starting Sunday, March 20th, along the Embarcadero and a new Chinatown-North Beach route this summer.  The inaugural event held along the Embarcadero for the fourth year in a row marks the beginning of the eight-month Sunday Streets 2011 season.

“I am delighted to announce the return of one of the City’s most exciting initiatives, Sunday Streets,” said Mayor Lee. “And this year, I’m pleased to announce a new route in the Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods. Now, more than ever, it is community building programs, such as Sunday Streets, that are critical to our City’s well-being.”

Founded by former Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2008, Sunday Streets has grown from two events to nine and creates miles of car-free space on City roads. San Francisco was the third city in the United States to premier this free, community-oriented initiative. Since then it has become the nation’s largest such event, and one of the City’s most exciting initiatives promoting benefits such as biking, walking, recreation, and community-building.

“We at the SFMTA are delighted and honored to serve as the City’s lead agency for Sunday Streets,” said SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. “This program plays an important role in promoting sustainable transportation, revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting diverse communities across San Francisco.”

The popular program attracts 15,000-20,000 participants at every event and enjoys widespread support from residents, businesses and visitors.

“Sunday Streets for a fourth year in a row has offered a fun car-free alternative that encourages healthy physical activities and educates people about sustainable living,” said President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu. “I am thrilled that Sunday Streets will be adding a new route in District 3 this summer that connects Chinatown and North Beach.”

Sunday Streets 2011 brings exciting new developments, including:
·        New hours – starting and ending an hour later each day – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm;
·        Revised program guidelines that create more opportunities for locally produced activities, performances and programs along each route; and
·        A new route in Chinatown-North Beach – date to be announced soon.

Official Sunday Streets activities include free bike rentals (donated by Bike & Roll, Blazing Saddles and Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours), bike repairs and SF Bicycle Coalition-led bike education classes, the Funky Town Roller Disco presented by David Miles and California Outdoor Rollersports Association, kids’ activities led by the YMCA and a pet information and services area coordinated by Happy Hounds Massage, as well as other featured programs throughout the season.

Program highlights of the March 20th 3.3-mile route along the Embarcadero include:
·        Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District’s 3rd Annual Family Fitness Fair (Embarcadero at Jefferson and Powell);
·        Rock the Bike’s pedal-powered stage with special musical guests (East Park, south of PIER 39);
·        Department of Public Works (DPW) and SF Arts Commission’s “Free Wall” street art (Rincon Park, Embarcadero near Folsom); and
·        Activities for kids of all ages at South Beach Park (north of AT&T Park) and the new Mission Bay Park on Terry Francois, near Pier 52.

Sunday Streets partners include the Mayor’s Office, SFMTA, Board of Supervisors, DPW, Recreation & Park Dept, and the Police. Fiscal Sponsor Livable City is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program. The SF Bicycle Coalition runs Sunday Streets’ volunteer program and the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross provides medical support. Clear Channel and the SF Examiner are media sponsors.

Support for Sunday Streets is augmented by generous contributions from private sector partners, with Bank of America as the Lead Sponsor for Sunday Streets in 2011.

“Bank of America is excited to help make Sunday Streets even bigger and better for the community.” said Martin Richards, San Francisco Market President at Bank of America. “As one of the oldest and largest companies in San Francisco, it makes perfect sense for Bank of America to work with the City and nonprofit organizer Livable City to elevate the program in a way that encourages healthy living and a greater sense of community.”

Major sponsorship for Sunday Streets also includes AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Shape Up SF (a program of the Dept of Public Health and Dept of Children Youth and Families), California Pacific Medical Center, PG &E, Lennar, Clif Kid, City CarShare, The Exploratorium, REI, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, the California Academy of Sciences, Darling, International and CH2MHILL.

Sunday Streets 2011 Season Schedule:
·        March 20: Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Bay
·        April 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park
·        May 8: Mission, including the popular route along 24th and Valencia Streets
·        June 12: Bayview, on 3rd Street from Mission Bay, Dogpatch to Bayview Opera House
·        July 10: Great Highway and Golden Gate Park #2
·        August 14: Civic Center and the Tenderloin
·        September 11: Western Addition, North Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore
·        Summer: Chinatown and North Beach
·        October 23: Mission #2

Sunday Streets Information: SundayStreetsSF.com. Volunteer Information: SundayStreetsSF.com/volunteer.  MUNI routes and vehicle access, call 311 or go to sfgov.org/311.

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March 11, 2010

San Francisco Kicks Off Sunday Streets 2010 Season
Popular Event, Lauded Around the World, Returns with More Dates,
Longer Hours and New Locations

SAN FRANCISCO—City partners, led by the San Francisco Municipal
Transportation Agency (SFMTA), today kicked off the 3rd annual Sunday Streets
season in San Francisco. The first of nine events of the season is Sunday, March
14. This year’s events mark a first for the SFMTA as the Sunday Streets
Presenting Sponsor.

“We are very proud of Sunday Streets and this year, with the strong leadership
from the SFMTA and our returning partners, we have the opportunity to expand
this program by adding more events, extending the hours and reaching into new
communities,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.

“Sunday Streets along The Embarcadero opens up San Francisco’s waterfront,”
said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “This is a great way to allow
families from all over the Bay Area to enjoy this popular neighborhood in new,
exciting and healthy ways.”

“The SFMTA has been a strong supporter of Sunday Streets since its inception in
2008,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “We look
forward to our expanded role in leading this great program. It’s a natural fit for our agency, which continually seeks to promote sustainable transportation in San
Francisco.”

The Sunday Streets 2010 season begins on March 14 with a 3.3 mile long route
along the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to China Basin. All Sunday
Streets events this year will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The response from participants over the past two years has been amazing,”
said Cheryl Brinkman, Board President for Livable City. “I am so excited that we
are able to respond to requests to extend the hours so that everyone can enjoy
these fabulous events.”

There are a total of nine Sunday Streets events this year – one per month from
March through October, with an extra one in April to commemorate the World
Health Organization’s international Ciclovía (weekend car-free event) “1,000
Cities, 1,000 Lives” campaign. On April 11 San Francisco will join hundreds of
cities around the world hosting simultaneous car-free events.

“Our success in this program reaches far beyond the Bay Area,” said Newsom.
“San Francisco’s Sunday Streets has become a national model for cities
throughout the United States and Canada, with organizers looking to us for ideas
and advice for creating successful Sunday Streets style programs in their
communities.”

Sunday Streets 2010 Dates and Routes
• March 14 Embarcadero route (3.3 miles): Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39
south to China Basin and Terry Francois Boulevard, ending at Mariposa
• April 11 Great Highway route (4.1 miles): Along JFK Drive in Golden Gate
Park to the Upper Great Highway and on Great Highway between Lincoln
and Sloat boulevards
• April 18 Bayview route (4 miles): 3rd Street from King Street at 3rd to Bay
View Playground on Armstrong Avenue at 3rd Street
• May 23 Bayview route (same as above): In conjunction with the 3rd Street
Corridor Project and the Bayview Merchant’s Association’s 3rd Street
Festival
• June 20 Mission route (3 miles): Along Valencia and 24th streets
• July 11 Mission route (same as above)
• August 22 Great Highway route (same as above)
• September 19—New route! Western Addition, North of Panhandle and
Japantown
• October 24—New route! Civic Center and the Tenderloin

The Sunday Streets program involves removing cars from some San Francisco
streets for a few hours on Sunday to create a safe, fun, car-free place for people
to get out and get active and explore new San Francisco neighborhoods.
The inaugural Sunday Streets events in 2008 attracted thousands of participants,
creating huge demand for more. In 2009, Sunday Streets expanded from two to
six events, each drawing bigger and more enthusiastic crowds. Now in its third
year, the program enjoys strong support from participants, program partners and
sponsors.

The support of the program partners and financial sponsors are a key to the
success of Sunday Streets. Returning sponsors include Shape Up SF, Kaiser
Permanente, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sports Basement, MJM
Management Group, Zephyr Real Estate and the major media sponsorship of
both Clear Channel (radio and outdoor) and the San Francisco Examiner. Major
in kind supporters include City Car Share and Red Cross of the Bay Area.
Program partners provide a range of activities along each route, including the
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, YMCA of San Francisco, the California Outdoor
Rollersports Association, and merchant community benefit districts including
Fisherman’s Wharf, PIER 39 and the San Francisco Maritime National Park
Association.

Sunday Streets is presented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency (SFMTA) and the City of San Francisco. Livable City, a local
transportation-oriented non-profit manages daily operations and serves as the
program’s fiscal sponsor. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition manages the
Volunteer program for Sunday Streets (to volunteer, please go to
www.sundaystreetsSF.com/volunteer.html).

To find out more about Sunday Streets go to: www.sundaystreetsSF.com.
Information about auto detours can be accessed by calling 311 or visiting online
at www.sfgov.org/311.

Mayor Newsom Announces More Sunday Streets

San Francisco—Days before the final 2009 Sunday Streets event on September 6, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the continuation of this popular event as a permanent program in San Francisco.

“Sunday Streets will be back in 2010 with more routes, longer hours, more San Francisco neighborhoods and more programs at each event,” said Mayor Newsom. “We have created a new tradition in San Francisco that will improve our quality of life for years to come.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), co-sponsor of Sunday Streets 2009, will be the lead agency for the Sunday Streets program starting in 2010. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office will continue to provide leadership support for the program, and Livable City, a sustainable transportation advocacy non-profit, will continue as the fiscal sponsor.

“The SFMTA has been proud to join with our City partners and Livable City to promote healthy family outdoor activities this summer. Working together on programs like Sunday Streets, we can increase the use of sustainable transportation to protect the environment and to ensure the City’s sustainability for future generations,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO.

Sunday Streets creates safe, fun car-free space on City streets that give San Francisco residents and visitors an opportunity to get out and get active. Temporarily closing some streets to automobile traffic opens them to people for walking, cycling, skating and playing. Sunday Streets events create a stronger sense of community in every neighborhood they touch and throughout the City.

San Francisco’s program began in 2008 with two inaugural events on August 31 (Labor Day weekend) and September 14. A 4.5-mile route connected Chinatown to the Bayview neighborhood along San Francisco’s picturesque waterfront.

This year Sunday Streets featured six events along four different routes throughout the City: April 26 from Fisherman’s Wharf to AT&T Park along The Embarcadero; May 10 from AT&T Park to the Bayview neighborhood along the Bay Trail; two events in the heart of the Mission District on June 7 and July 19 (the latter coincided with the SF Symphony’s free concert in Dolores Park); and the last two near the ocean, with a route through Golden Gate Park and along the Upper Great Highway on August 9 and September 6, 2009.).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, April 24, 2009
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications,
415-554-6131

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MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES ROUTE FOR MISSION DISTRICT
SUNDAY STREETS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On the eve of kicking off Sunday Streets 2009, Mayor Newsom announced the
planned route for the Mission District Sunday Streets event later this summer.

“Expanding Sunday Streets to the Mission District by connecting two neighborhood parks through major
merchant corridors is exciting,” said Mayor Newsom.  “We’re working to ensure these events are something fun and new for residents and also help local merchants during these tough economic times.”

The planned route for the Mission District events on June 7 and July 19 will travel from Garfield Park to
Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street, Valencia Street and 19th Street.  This route received City approval this week from departments overseeing street closures.  The Mayor’s Office and community organizers are working with neighborhood groups and Mission district merchants to plan special Mission-district only events for this installment of Sunday Streets.

Sunday Streets 2009 kicks off along the Embarcadero this Sunday, April 26 between 9AM-1PM. The Bayside portion of the Embarcadero will be closed to auto traffic from AT&T Park to Aquatic Park, providing 3.4 miles of open space to enjoy.

“This Sunday’s event is the biggest and best Sunday Streets yet,” explained Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  “Bay Area residents and families can run the bases at AT&T Park, bike almost four miles along the route, and try new activities like dance classes, yoga sessions, and even a roller-skating rink.”  Additionally, Fisherman’s Wharf will be full of new activities, including live bands and street performers at Pier 39 and a family fair at Aquatic Park with a climbing wall, slides and kids games.

Sunday Streets 2009 is presented by the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) and Livable City, a local
transportation-oriented non-profit group.  It also involves participation of over 50 community based groups. The first two Sunday Streets of 2009 are made possible by the generous financial sponsorship of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kaiser Permanente, Shape Up SF, Webcor Builders, Blue Shield, PG&E, Lennar and other local sponsors.  The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be managing the Volunteer component of Sunday Streets (to volunteer, please go to sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html).

Residents can find out more about Sunday Streets online at www.sundaystreetsSF.com.  Information about auto detours can be accessed by calling 311 or visiting online at www.sfgov.org/311.  The event can also be accessed easily by taking BART or Muni to the Embarcadero station – both the T and F lines are running all day Sunday.

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*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

Mayor’s Office, Board President David Chiu, and SFMTA Executive
Director Nat Ford to Announce Sunday Streets Kick Off event

Speakers
Wade Crowfoot, Mayor’s Office
David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors, District 3
Nat Ford, Executive Director of SF Municipal Transportation Agency
Lisa Fasano, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Rodney Fong, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District
Leah Shahum, San Francisco Bike Coalition
Ben Caldwell, YMCA of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sunday Streets organizers and community groups will gather at the corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets on Thursday to announce the locations of the activities and events being offered at the kickoff of Sunday Streets on April 26, when a
stretch of San Francisco roadway from AT&T Park to Aquatic Park will be open for free recreational activities.

Sunday Streets 2009 kicks off along the Embarcadero on Sunday, April 26 between 9AM-1PM. The Bayside portion of the Embarcadero will be closed to auto traffic from AT&T Park to Aquatic Park, providing 3.4 miles of open space to enjoy.

Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents took part in Sunday Streets last summer, which opened local roads on Sunday mornings for physical activity. Modeled on a 30-year old program started in South America, Sunday Streets creates routes for local families, kids, and
adults to walk, jog, and bike, and participate in group exercise. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the two inaugural Sunday Street events in 2008, Sunday Streets will expand to six Sundays this year.

For more information, visit www.SundayStreetsSF.com
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