San Francisco has just announced that it will be continuing its popular Sunday Streets program next year with new dates and locations for 2010! Running for the past two years, the event closes off a series of roads to vehicular traffic and and opens them to street parties, bike-riding, and uninhibited power-walking. Announced by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the new series of Sunday Streets will expand into new neighborhoods, have longer hours, and will stop traffic on a total of nine days in 2010 as the program settles into a pleasant permanency.
Next year, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Mission, Bayview, the Great Highway, the Tenderloin and the Western Addition will each be graced with their own car-free days. Streets will be closed from 10am-3pm. We’ve been excited to watch this program grow from two initial dates in 2008 to its current culmination. The City hopes to encourage “car-free” recreation days on a regular basis in some neighborhoods as well, but details on that have yet to be released. In the meantime, we’ll be stretching in anticipation of Sundays.