Saturday, July 12, 2008
Ciclovia San Francisco Announced!
San Franciscans will be dancing in the streets - literally- after Mayor Gavin Newsom's office obtained the necessary permits this week to shut down 6 miles of thoroughfare during two Sundays this summer and turn the pavement into a party zone.
Starting in the Bayview, stretching past the Giants ballpark, running up the Embarcadero and ending in Chinatown, the northbound lanes of the sweeping route will be closed to cars and opened to pedestrians from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 31 - Labor Day weekend - and again two weeks later, on Sept. 14. The idea is for people to partake of physical activity in a wide, open space not usually available to city dwellers.
This event is inspired by the Ciclovia idea from Bogota.
A recent version of this was a huge success in Portland, Ore
Now New York City is planning it's own Ciclovia.
Good ideas spread quickly. And with $5 gas, most families can't afford long summer road trips and want to enjoy life closer to home these days.
For a city trying to retain its families, Ciclovia is a great program to adopt.
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Posted by Unknown at 10:20 AM