San Francisco’s Sunday Streets: How Vibrant Can City Space Be


Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District on July 19, 2009, during “Sunday Streets” program that opened two car-free miles of streets to pedestrians, skaters and cyclists.



San Francisco boogeyed for its fifth Sunday (the two were in 2008), marking a trend for streets to be closed to cars on weekends so people can use the space for their own devices, sans autos.

Portland, Oregon and New York City have also picked up on this approach to opening up urban space in creative new ways, following a trend that began in Bogota, Columbia called the Ciclovia, where 70 miles of the city’s streets are available to non-carbon emitting forces for the entire Sunday. Some 1.8 million take part in Ciclovia.