San Francisco's Sunday Streets is modeled after the Colombian tradition of Ciclovia, which means "bike path" in Spanish. Every Sunday in that country, more than 70 miles of roads are closed to cars and 1.5 million runners, walkers, skaters, and cyclists hit the streets.
In 2008, San Francisco brought Ciclovia to the city, closing off selected roads on two Sundays. The events were a big success, drawing 30,000 people. This year, varying streets will be closed every one Sunday a month from March through October. (Usually the 2nd Sunday.)
March 9, this year's festivities kick off along the Embarcadero.
April 13, Tenderloin
May 4, Bayview/Dogpatch
June 8, Great Highway
July 13, Richmond
August 24, Mission
September 14, Western Addition
September 28, Excelsior
October 26, Mission
See the website for more details on each date -- maps outlining the closed streets are usually posted a few weeks before each event.
No matter which Sunday Street you attend, expect plenty of fun activities. Some of the highlights from previous Sunday Streets include skate dance demos inspired by Slumdog Millionaire, bike rentals, live bands and street performers, yoga and tai chi, as well as kid-friendly activities like carnival games, slides, and a climbing wall. Sunday Streets are also just a great chance to explore San Francisco neighborhoods in a relaxed, car-free atmosphere.
This event takes place in a different SF neighborhood each month
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