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Being from San Francisco, I still keep up on what is going on back home via the SFgate.com website. Saw this article that I thought I would share with you all. It is about a program called Sunday Streets.
Basically, the city closes off streets to automobile traffic on designated Sundays throughout the year, in different parts of the city. The streets are now open to cyclists, walkers, runners, kids on skates and scooters.
According to the Sunday Streets SF website (http://sundaystreetssf.com/), "San Francisco’s Sunday Streets started in 2008 with two inaugural events in August and September on a 4.5-mile route connecting Chinatown to the Bayview neighborhood along San Francisco’s picturesque waterfront." In 2010 it has become so popular that San Francisco has scheduled nine events in which streets will be closed to cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles for five hours on select Sundays,
The reason I want to share this with you all is that I have come to understand the Atlanta Bike Coalition is planning a similar event here in Atlanta. From what I understand, Sunday Streets is based on a concept similar called a Ciclovia that originated in Bogota Columbia.
These Sunday Streets or Ciclovia are very popular in other cities such as Miami, Baltimore, NYC and even car-centric LA is hoping to have one in 2010 (http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/11/10/will-l-a-have-its-ciclovia-signs-ar...)
For more information on Ciclovias, check out the Wikipedia page on the subject - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciclov%C3%ADa
I am sure there will be more information on this as the new year progresses. I for one am looking forward to the day I can take a bike ride down Peachtree Street with my fellow cyclists and not have to worry about cars, buses and trucks. Till that day happens, be safe out there.