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Neighbors all across San Francisco had a joyous day of reconnection on Sunday Streets Phoenix Day from Bayview to Chinatown, Excelsior to Tenderloin, Valencia to the Richmond and beyond, the streets were alive with community on Sunday, October 17th! 

Check out the highlights below and keep the good vibes going by sharing your @SundayStreets story on social media with #PhoenixDay.

 Open Streets For The People, By The People

Phoenix Day saw the Tenderloin, Bayview, Chinatown, Excelsior, and Mission/Valencia neighborhoods rise together out of the worst part of the pandemic with open street destinations filled with music, dance, cultural performances, food, games and play space for kids and grown-ups. Phoenix Day also provided 10,000+ attendees access to health, housing, education, and employment resources in their own neighborhoods while having fun.

Each open streets destination was developed and presented in partnership with a neighborhood-based organization to create a festive, culturally reflective space for all to enjoy. A few highlights include:

30+ Neighbor-Powered Block Parties + Community Happenings Across SF

Dozens of block captains set out in July to bring Phoenix Day to their own streets through the first ever Sunday Streets block party program.

From knocking on doors to get neighbors to sign-on to recruiting volunteers to  to organizing potlucks, music, neighborhood clean-ups, and more, Phoenix Day block party hosts made their communities stronger and brought the joy of playing in the streets to corners of the City that Sunday Streets has never reached before.

In addition to the official Phoenix Day Block Parties, dozens of small businesses, merchant and neighborhood associations and community groups hosted special community projects to celebrate Phoenix Day. 

Thank you, Block Party Hosts, for being amazing stewards for San Francisco, community, and JOY in our streets!

20+ Mile Community Connector Bike Ride 

Another Sunday Streets first on Phoenix Day was a community bike ride powered by PODER y Bicis del Pueblo. Planning started in June to develop a bike route that would connect car-free Great Highway and Golden Gate Park to the Slow Streets network, Better Market Street and as many block parties and open streets destination as possible. 

It wasn't always easy to find a path, but with weekly meetings and a lot of test rides, we coordinated a route that started in Mission/Valencia and connected to Noe Valley, Glen Park/Bernal, Excelsior, Park Merced, Great Highway and Golden Gate Park, Western Addition, Tenderloin, and the Embarcadero. 

After months of prep, the bike ride rolled out from In Chan Kajaal Park, led by the amazing staff and volunteers from PODER y Bicis del Pueblo. It traversed a 20+ mile bike path with over 100 mixed-level cyclists along for the ride. 

Volunteers & Staff Fueled The Fun

Hundreds of staff and volunteers took the streets to make Sunday Streets Phoenix Day come to life. From helping people cross the street to setting up tents to picking up trash to handing out lunches - staff and volunteers from Livable City, community partners, and the City brought the streets to life across SF with their creativity, love, and hard work. 

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