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Watch for a Sunday Streets 2009 Announcement Next Week

The word is out that Sunday Streets will become an on-going event in the summer of 2009. Yeah!!! This doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be the same 4.6 mile stretch of roadway from Chinatown, along The Embarcadero, and down to Bayview as was the case for the two pilot events this past summer. However, I certainly vote to host it on The Embarcadero within the Rincon Hill neighborhood on any Sunday morning that’s feasible (not on Sunday when the San Francisco Giants are playing, that is).

Along with this wonderful news about Sunday Streets, you may want to buy a ticket or two to go see the godfather of these Sunday Streets-like events, Gil Peñalosa from Bogota, Colombia.

Great Streets for Great Cities: Gil Peñalosa on Reclaiming Cities for People

When: Thursday, November 13, 2008
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Presentation at 6:30pm, Reception to follow

Mr. Peñalosa is a key leader of the Ciclovia movement in Bogota, Colombia, on which our popular Sunday Streets program was modeled. Working with his brother, former Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, he was instrumental in the Bogota miracle to reclaim the city for people by building hundreds of kilometers of bike paths, widening sidewalks, and rejuvenating the City’s transit and parks systems.

Mr. Peñalosa will discuss how more livable streets promote health, environmentalism, and increased economic vitality and competitiveness. Cities all over the world are following Colombia’s lead and closing streets to cars, and opening them to people, with dramatic and successful results. Learn how
Peñalosa is helping cities such as San Francisco become part of this international phenomenon of active, healthy streets for active, healthy living.

The event is expected to sell out, tickets for this event may be purchased at http://tickets.commonwealthclub.org

This event is co-sponsored by INFORUM (the Commonwealth Club under-40s group), SPUR, Shape Up SF, Livable City , and Walk SF.

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