Open streets programs are a powerful way of modeling a car-free future – exposing people not just to what human-scale public space looks like, but what sustainable transportation feels like.
Author: Livable City
Human beings have been carving roads and paths for eons, but it’s easy to forget that cars are quite new. Before automobiles, roads were shared spaces – open to pedestrians, vendors and modes of transport like horses and buggies.
Sunday Streets comes to the Excelsior district on March 31 from 11am-4pm, transforming Mission Street from Silver to Geneva Avenue into on open street with free activities, live music, health resources, a local goods Market Square, Picnic Grounds and more.
The story of open streets begins with Ciclovía. In 1974, Bogotá, Colombia began an experiment that would help shape a worldwide movement. That year, bicycling and recreation advocates piloted a program that closed city...
How did a dense, car-dominated, 49-square-mile city with multiple freeways launch the country’s largest open streets program?
Now in its 11th year, Sunday Streets San Francisco continues to expand its routes and programming to provide car-free community space for all. Learn the story of how Sunday Streets got off the ground – and into the streets!
Sunday Streets brings over 15 miles of temporary parks and open streets to San Francisco in 2019, with ten citywide events across from March to October.