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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Free Bike Tune-Ups, Climbing Wall, and Duboce Fire Fundraiser at Sunday Streets

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I've always had a dream for San Francisco: that Valencia Street be closed down to cars forever and turned into a frenzied, open thoroughfare for people to travel by foot or bike. That dream comes true on various Sundays courtesy of San Francisco's Sunday Streets, and this weekend's car-free fun takes place in the Mission.

Remember that REM video where people just get out of their cars on the freeway, start walking, and throwing the cash out of their wallets? It's kind of like that but with a lot more to do than mope around to emo music.

Sunday Streets will shut down Valencia between 14th and 24th Streets as well as the length of 24th St. between Valencia and Hampshire, July 1. In store will be crazy climbing wall fun brought to you by REI as well as FREE minor bike tune-ups! Radio Valencia will also be broadcasting live outside of Stage Werx.

If you're traveling with a small person who also happens to be a child, there's a ton of things to do between 14th and 15th Streets: Soccer workshops by Project Vega, a bike course courtesy of Wheel Kids, and YBikes' Bike Rodeo.

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For those of you that lean more toward the wander-around-find-weird-stuff-to-look-at type, there are always quirky things peppering the streets like silent disco, and the last time I went, I saw a girl wearing a neon bikini and legwarmers making ice cream by pedaling a bicycle. That should give you an idea.

And remember that recent fire on the corner of Duboce and Valencia that displaced numerous residents? Well, in the spirit of S.F., the victims' neighbors and other community members, in conjunction with Community Living Campaign, set up a collection fund for fire survivors. During Sunday Streets, volunteers will be at Casanova Lounge from 3 to 6 p.m. to collect donations. Drinks are $1 off, and funds collected will go directly to the displaced residents. If you cannot stop by, you can follow this link to make a donation.

Because this is a seriously anti-car event, the route will tow all cars starting at 7 a.m., but rest assured drivers, flat-rate parking is available to cars entering before noon at the Mission Bartlett garage ($10) and SF General's Parking Garage ($7).

The fun begins at 11 a.m. July 1, and goes until 4 p.m. Admission is free. To find out more about Sunday Streets, visit their website for a complete list of activities.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
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