sundaystreets_lg.jpgSince 2008, San Francisco has celebrated “movement without motors,” closing down streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, and creating a recreation space on some of the biggest roads in the city in an event known as Sunday Streets.

In a press release sent Wednesday, Mayor Lee’s office excitedly announces that this season will be the largest to date.

Says Lee, “We look forward to returning to Chinatown, doing a more frequent Mission route, and adding a new route in the Southwest neighborhoods of our City to bring the benefits of Sunday Streets to more San Francisco neighborhoods.”

This year’s car-less event kicks off Sunday, March 11th along the Embarcadero. Here’s the rest of the schedule, which the Mayor’s office warns us is “subject to change”:

March 11: Embarcadero- Season kick off
April 15: Great Highway/Golden Gate park- new route through the park
May 6: Mission
June 3: Mission
July 1: Mission
July 22: Bayview
August 5: Mission
August TBA: Chinatown
September 9: Western Addition/N. Panhandle Alamo Square
October 21: Outer Mission/Excelsior

“Sunday Streets not only showcases San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, it is a proven cost-effective way to better health for San Franciscans. We’re committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2012 and beyond,” says Lee.

As the Chron points out, Sunday Streets “relies heavily on volunteers to pull it off.” If you want to be one of those volunteers, learn more on how to help here.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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