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SF Sunday Streets Kicks Off On Embarcadero

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The first in this year's series of events that turn San Francisco streets into an impromptu parkland took place along the city's waterfront on Sunday.

Despite the gloomy weather, thousands showed up for the kick-off of Sunday Streets, an event that closes off a certain section of town to car traffic.

So those in attendance took a stroll down the Embarcadero on bike, foot and roller blades.

Paula Hewitson, a Sunday Streets volunteer, said the event promotes getting out and being active.

"It's to allow the pedestrians, bicyclists and others using non-motorized vehicles to enjoy the whole street," she said.

KCBS' Mark Seelig Reports:

The northbound side of the Embarcadero from Fisherman's Wharf to the Bayview was all set aside for the event. Dogpatch resident Maureen said she's been coming since the beginning.

"We love Sunday Streets. We've been coming since virtually the beginning," she said. "The organizers are fantastic, it's really great. It's just a fun time for San Franciscans."

San Francisco holds about ten events each year and there's plenty to do for both adults and kids.

If you missed Sunday's event, the next one will be held on April 15 along a stretch of Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway.

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