Hit the open road with Sunday Streets

Anna Leung usually spends her Sunday mornings practicing tai chi in parks surrounding Chinatown.

This Sunday, however, Leung said she wants to expand her exercise repertoire. The San Francisco resident said she wants to capitalize on a pilot plan that will halt traffic on the northbound lanes for more than four miles, from Chinatown  down The City’s waterfront to the Bayview. The popular thoroughfare will be open to a bevy of health-promoting activities.

“I’m still going to do my tai chi, but I also want to try something new,” Leung said.

The health initiative called Sunday Streets, proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, will run along a 4.5-mile stretch of carless roadway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this weekend and the following Sunday.

Organizer Susan King said the event, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 participants, will provide much-needed open-space opportunities to Chinatown residents and will bring more business to the Bayview neighborhood. More importantly, King said, it will encourage residents to wake up early and exercise.

“It is well documented that one of the major impediments to exercise in The City is the fear of cars,” she said.

But not everyone has jumped for joy for Newsom’s planned party.

Shutting down lanes along The Embarcadero hasn’t been easy. Merchants at Fisherman’s Wharf complained the event would disrupt businesses on their busiest days of the year.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin has criticized the planning for Sunday Streets as “poorly thought out.” Peskin, whose district includes Fisherman’s Wharf, recently introduced two pieces of legislation, one calling for an economic impact report on the event and another that would require approval by the Board of Supervisors for such events. Both have been shelved.

Additionally, at a recent meeting, the board voted against stalling Sunday Streets, seeing as it is a trial event that can be amended or nixed if its negative impacts are significant.

Free public transit on the T-Third and F-Market lines will be offered during the event, allowing traffic to cross at several points, and terminating the waterfront closure about one mile south of Pier 39.


Getting there

Transit and parking options for the Sunday Streets event:

  • Muni is offering free rides on the
  • T-Third and F-Market lines from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The event is accessible from The Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell BART stations
  • The Portsmouth Square garage is offering $5 flat-rate, all-day parking for participants in a carpool of three or more who arrive before 10 a.m.
  • Free parking is available at Parking Lot A, along Third Street directly south of AT&T Park
  • Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corp. will offer free and secure bike parking; $5 all-day parking for cars with three or more people who arrive between 7 and 10 a.m.

Source: www.sundaystreetssf.com, BART

Sunday Streets events

The festivities include activities at several locations in San Francisco.

Chinatown: Portsmouth Square
Chinese cultural crafts

  • Cultural performances: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. </li>
  • DJ and breakdancing: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Moon Bounce jumpy house

Ferry Park

  • Adult yoga: 9:15-10:30 a.m.;
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • PoeTREE Playshop: 11:30 a.m.
  • Peace walks: 9:30 a.m.
  • Yoga for kids: 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Justin Herman Plaza

  • Introduction to lacrosse on JHP field
  • Soccer drills on JHP field
  • Wheelchair activities next to fountain
  • Boomercize: 9-9:25 a.m.; 10-10:25 a.m.; 11-11:25 a.m.
  • Aerobic Bootcamp: 9:30-10 a.m.; 10:30-11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • Thriller dance: Noon-12:20 p.m.
  • Flashdance: 12:30-1 p.m.

South Beach Park

  • Healthy activities for kids
  • Hula hoop contest: Every 15 minutes
  • 50-yard activity dash: Every 30 minutes
  • Rope jumping contests: Every 30 minutes
  • Running drills: Every 30 minutes
  • Sports physical therapy consultations
  • Sun salutes: Every 30 minutes

Illinois Street

  • Adult bike education
  • Bicycle repair and tuneups
  • Bicycle rentals (includes helmet)
  • Bicycle rodeo
  • Freedom from Training Wheels
  • Helmet fittings
  • Tours of historic Pier 70: Every 30 minutes

Ferry Plaza

  • Sunday Streets main information table
  • Resource fair
  • Bike rentals (includes helmet)

China Basin

  • Youth group activities located on T-ball field
  • Dance classes

AT&T Park

  • Run bases: 10 a.m.-noon; enter at McCovey Cove

Bayview-Hunters Point

  • Bayview Opera House activities
  • Bicycle tuneup corral
  • Chinese food demonstration
  • Double Dutch
  • Sports clinics: Golf, tennis

Opera House stage

  • Yoga: 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Martial arts: 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Swing dance lessons: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Joe Lee Rec Center

  • Basketball, Ping-Pong, workout room
  • Moon Bounce

Source: www.sundaystreetssf.com

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