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Aug-9-2009

Sunday Streets comes to our neighborhood (video)

Lying in bed this morning I could see the sun shining outside my window, but could also hear fog horns bellowing in the distance. But what kind of Sunday Streets in the Richmond and Sunset would it be without a little bit of fog? ;)

Despite the overcast skies on the Great Highway, it was warm and windless so lots of people came out to enjoy the car-less streets. Booths were set up at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and the Great Highway, where local businesses set up to greet visitors.

The Western Neighborhoods Project and Playland-Not-At-The-Beach were both there if you wanted to bone up on your neighborhood history. An organ grinder walked among the crowd, a little tots gym was set up, and even a civic-minded Obama supporter was there gathering signatures for health care reform. It seemed like everyone was out enjoying the day.

People biked, ran, danced, skated, hula-hooped and boogied all along the Great Highway, stretching from Lincoln Avenue all the way down to Sloat Boulevard. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition had a small bike obstacle course for kids and offered “training-wheel-free” bikes for those ready to try a big kid bike.

Parents walked with their kids, carried them on their bikes or had them ride alongside, and still others pulled kids in their carts. One kid looked like he was enjoying a nice snooze while his Dad got a good workout.

There were people on “fun bikes” which looked like utter chaos but somehow, via a team effort, they kept moving forward. Others were on rollerblades, and a couple of enterprising riders acted as mobile DJs, mounting large speakers on their bikes and playing Parliament Funkadelic and Tina Turner as they rolled along.

Check out the video below to see the Sunday Streets action. If you missed today’s event, mark your calendar for the next Sunday Streets on Sunday, September 6, also in GGP and the Great Highway.

Sarah B.



Music: “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti

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4:50 pm | Posted under Community, Events, Golden Gate Park | 6 comments
  1. David said (08/9/09; 11:31 pm):

    Nice coverage. Props to you for knowing it was Parliment! He played some James Brown as well. The thing I liked most is that we will rinse and repeat at Ocean Beach shortly for the last in the series. I did some volunteer time (yes you can sign up volunteers make this thing run) and everyone was happy except the 4 wheel folks. I SO enjoyed saying, sorry the road is closed today you will have to turn around.

  2. Streetsblog San Francisco said (08/10/09; 9:02 am):

    [...] Great Fun at Sunday Streets on Great Highway and GG Park (Richmond Dist. Blog) [...]

  3. Cheryl said (08/10/09; 10:11 am):

    Thank you Richmond and Sunset districts! You all turned out and were wonderful – turnout exceeded our expectations and it was just a joy to see so many families and children having fun on car free streets. We can’t wait for Sept 6th – we’re so happy to have the Great Highway host our last two events of the year. Thank your Supervisors for all their help and let them know if you’d like to have Sunday Streets back next year. Maybe going until 4 pm instead of 2 pm?

    Cheryl Brinkman
    http://www.sundaystreetssf.com

  4. Patricia said (08/10/09; 10:42 am):

    Thanks for the great video! It was a beautiful day, not just because the fog burned off, but because of the number of families who came out and were really able to live in their city!

  5. Linda B. said (08/10/09; 12:43 pm):

    Great video. Looks like a good time was had by all. Love the music and would like to try that multi-person bike myself!

  6. Sue Vaughan said (08/13/09; 10:29 am):

    Hello Everyone,

    District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar will be hosting a photographers reception on October 16, 2009 in his office — Room 284 — in City Hall, from 5:30 to 8 pm. This event is open to the public. We are also looking for photographers who would like to participate. We want photographers who live in the Richmond District or photographers who take photographs of people or places in the Richmond District.

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Lin-Shao Chin at linshao.chin@sfgov.org — and we’ll get back to you.

    Sue

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