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Friday, June 29, 2012

Sunday Streets to Take Over the Mission This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

click to enlarge Bicyclists galore - DUSTIN JENSEN
  • Dustin Jensen
  • Bicyclists galore

Sunday Streets, a reoccurring event where stretches of pavement are usurped by happy cyclists, unicyclists, walkers, runners, and people just milling around, returns to the Mission this Sunday.

A 2.2-mile route hooks in the Mission on Valencia from Duboce to 24th Street and down 24th to Hampshire. This L-shaped segment will host upwards of 50,000 people and will be devoid of all vehicles.
Drivers, consider yourself warned.

This one seems focused on recreation, as some key events include the "REI block of fun," a bicycle safety course for children, a blessing of bicyclists, and free bike repair from Mike's Bikes. The city boasts that these events are meant to provide "a cost-effective way to improve the health of San Franciscans," Mayor Ed Lee said. I guess Lee's looking at our waistlines, too.

Other activities will include a music festival on Bartlett Street, an outdoor dancing space provided by BRAVA Theater, and an ABADA-Capoeira SF Street Roda. The San Francisco School of Massage will also offer free massages for those looking for a less-active option.

Because of its location, too, the Community Living Campaign will hold a fundraiser for Duboce/Valencia Fire Relief at Casanova Lounge to help the displaced residents impacted by the Duboce/Valencia four-alarm fire. Drinks are all $1 off.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. on Sunday July 1.

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