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SPUR Noontime Forum about Sunday Streets

On Thursday, August 21st, you can head over to SPUR’s office at 312 Sutter St. (at Grant), 5th Floor for a 12:30 p.m. brown bag forum about Sunday Streets. Also, please join me and your other Rincon Hill neighbors on Sunday, August 31st on The Embarcadero for our very first Sunday Streets from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

8/21/2008 12:30 PM

A noontime forum, held at SPUR, 312 Sutter St. (at Grant), Fifth Floor, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. We are located close to the Powell St. BART station and several Muni lines. Feel free to bring a lunch. SPUR Forums are open to the public, free for members and $5 for non-members.

Made famous by Bogota’s “Ciclovias” and Guadalajara’s “Via RecreActiva” the idea of closing streets on Sundays for recreation is coming to the U.S.! Following on Portland’s “Sunday Parkways” and akin to New York’s “Summer Streets,” San Francisco’s own “Sunday Streets” is a proposal to close a section of streets along the eastern edge of the city for recreation several Sundays in August. Learn from Cheryl Brinkman, president of Livable City, and Wade Crowfoot of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office, about the details of and philosophy behind this proposal to bring the parks to the people.

Also, Wall Street Journal online subscribers might be interested in an article about the gridlock created by one man preventing additional bicycle plan safety improvements from progressing. If you drive downtown, please keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians – there are more and more new bicyclists on our streets because of the high prices to drive, but our infrastructure (bike lanes, smooth pavement, etc.) is very much lacking thanks to other spending priorities and, in the case of bike lanes, one man’s lawsuit.

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