Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is Sunday Streets?
Sunday Streets is a program that encourages recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco. Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on a various Sundays throughout the year, so people can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity. Non-profit and health organizations offer free activities and share information about their services during the event.
- What if my home or business is on the route?
To create a safe car-free space, vehicle access on the route is limited. However, we understand that neighbors may need local access to and from residences/businesses on the street during the event. There will be traffic enforcement officers at intersections where vehicle traffic is permitted to cross the route, as well as volunteers available to help escort drivers to and from those intersections. Please email SundayStreets@livablecity.org prior to the event to coordinate with the Sunday Streets team.
We thank you in advance for using caution should you need to drive on the Sunday Streets route during an event, as there will be many people of all ages enjoying the open streets.
- Are there bathrooms along the route?
Yes, we provide portable toilets along the Sunday Streets route, and there are also public facilities on or near the routes. Please see the event information pages on this website for exact locations.
- Where can I park near the route?
We strongly encourage biking, walking, or taking public transportation to get to Sunday Streets when possible. Should you chose to drive, be aware that the Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the event (even if you’re just parking for a moment to buy a cup of coffee, you risk your car being towed). Check out SFPark.org and parkme.com to identify available parking lots and spaces nearby, and the event information pages on this website for additional parking options near each route.
- Can I set up a table or tent along the route?
Please do not set up structures in the street. Sunday Streets is not permitted for pop up tents outside of designated activity hubs. If you are interested in setting up an information booth or hosting an activity of any kind, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about participating in Sunday Streets as an activity or community partner on the activity partner page on our website.
- How can my organization get involved in Sunday Streets?
Participation at Sunday Streets is a great marketing opportunity that can help your organization reach new audiences, grow your base of support and increase awareness about your products and services. All activities that take place at Sunday Streets are led by community organizations, and local merchant or neighborhood groups who graciously donate their time to making the event so special. To sign up, click here.
- How can my business get involved in Sunday Streets?
Becoming a sponsor of Sunday Streets is a great way to spread the word about the work your company does. We offer many sponsorship levels, and are happy to work with you on a package that meets your company’s needs. Download our 2015 Sponsorship Package here, and email Sponsor@livablecity.org for more information. If you are a business on a Sunday Streets route, visit the Merchants page on our website for fun ideas about how you can engage all of the people walking and rolling by your business.
- How can I get Sunday Streets in my neighborhood?
Currently, Livable City produces Sunday Streets events in 7 neighborhoods across San Francisco. As Sunday Streets has grown since 2008, these neighborhoods and routes were selected to provide the benefits of open streets where they are needed most – in neighborhoods with limited parks and open space and where community health indicators like obesity and cardiovascular disease are the greatest.
Although we are not currently planning to produce Sunday Streets in additional neighborhoods, you can still be a part of creating more open streets in San Francisco and in your neighborhood, and we’d love to help you.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Organize your neighbors and host a neighborhood block party or play streets on your block. It’s easier than you think. Read more about the permit process on the SFMTA website.
- Talk with your local neighborhood or merchant association about hosting a community open streets event. Read the permit information from the SFMTA, and tips and tricks for building neighborhood support.
- Check out the SF Better Streets portal for other ideas about street events and activation.
- Contact your Supervisor and tell them you love Sunday Streets and ask them to support more Sunday Streets in San Francisco and more open streets in your neighborhood!
- How is Sunday Streets funded?
Sunday Streets is produced by Livable City, a nonprofit organization that advocates for transportation, land use, open space, and environmental policies and support programs and grassroots initiatives that make San Francisco a safer, healthier and more accessible city. Sunday Streets would not be possible without valuable support from the City of San Francisco. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and other city departments provide equipment, signage, site support, MUNI reroutes, and traffic safety personnel the day of the events. However, all costs for planning, organizing, and producing each event are paid for by Livable City.
Grants, sponsorships and individual donations are important sources of income to pay for Sunday Streets. Please consider making a tax deductible donation online. Your contribution is important, and every donation helps us bring more Sunday Streets to San Francisco.
- When is the next Sunday Streets?
Please go to our upcoming events page to see when the next Sunday Streets will be.