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Sunday Streets 2023

The First Sunday Streets event is in the Bayview, Sunday May 21st

5 blocks of car-free fun and recreation on Galvez Ave between Phelps St & Mendell Street for the whole family to enjoy. There will be booths from local vendors and lots of activities. From 11 PM to 4 PM, celebrate Bayview’s roots with free recreational activities hosted by San Francisco Recreation and Parks and Street Soccer USA, STEM learning experiences by Mission Science Workshop and Exploratorium, a live music stage sponsored by Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, and catch health and wellness resources like free flu vaccines and COVID boosters from SF Department of Public Health and free dental checkups by UCSF.

The new community block party route will be on Galvez Ave, between Phelps St and Mendell St, Mendell St between Hudson and Fairfax Ave, and Youngblood-Coleman Playground.

Most Sunday Streets have an area for kids to ride/ balance around on bikes and balance bikes. Many kids learn how to ride a bike without training wheels at the event. For ages 2 to 5. There will also be helmets available.

In 2008 the Sunday Street pilot provided 4.5 miles of temporary car-free space along the waterfront between the Bayview and Chinatown during two dates in August and September. It was inspired by Bogotá, Colombia’s Ciclovía, the world’s longest-running and premiere open streets program.

San Franciscans, especially families, turned out for the car-free events that provided miles of safe, recreational space in increasingly traffic-dominated roadways. What’s more, open streets created a model for a sustainable future, allowing residents to see their streets as public spaces and envision a world not reliant on fossil fuels. Today there are activities for all ages and groups.

Sunday Street started out along with the Shape Up SF Coalition, a group comprised of policy nonprofit Livable City, SF Department of Public Health (DPH), SF Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF), SF Bicycle Coalition, WALK SF, the YMCA and many more public health and sustainability advocates. Today some of the groups are still involved. The focus has also shifted to highlight the local vendors and merchant on the corridor. In 2009 Sunday Streets became a yearly recurring SF event as it rolled out new long routes on 24th Street in the Mission, the waterfront and multiple Great Highway dates. In 2010, the program expanded to include routes dedicated to neighborhoods like the Tenderloin and Bayview and the Excelsior Routes have changed over the years due to logistics and community feedback, but all have been a minimum of one mile in length and aim to become yearly staples in the neighborhood, with many now enjoying Sunday Streets.

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