Appeal staffer Matt Baume took a walk in the Presidio yesterday, and took some pictures of the newlycalmed traffic.

A car turns around while a bicyclist zooms by


He reports: “I heard lots of whining from people who cut through the Presidio in their cars. People on bikes, on buses, and who use their legs were delighted. It’s not a closure, it’s an opening.”

Between this and today’s similarly 28 Days Laterish empty Great Highway, and you start to see why the folks at Streetsblog get the way they get. Streets without cars are surprisingly fun!

Here’s a panorama from behind the Disney museum


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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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