We city folks like to think were fitter than our dilatory suburban counterparts, but we rarely get the chance to take a bit of cardio without having to wait for a traffic light. In places like Hong Kong and Colombia, al fresco exercise seekers have organized in whatever space they can eke out. In fact, a two-decades-old program from Bogotá that closed more than 90 miles of road to cars is the model for Sunday Streets San Francisco, a citywide experiment in communal fitness. While San Francisco is shutting down only a small fraction of roadway with some minimal cross traffic at specific points, people-watchers, fitness buffs, and those in search of family-friendly excuses to perambulate will appreciate this opportunity to walk, bike, roller-blade, or dance across 4.5 miles along the bay. Free group events along the route offered by more than 100 community organizations include tai chi, yoga, and aerobics. Aside from being a choice occasion to enjoy the waterfront without all the vehicular congestion, Sunday Streets gives pedestrians a chance to live out their dancing in the streets fantasies in neighborhoods that dont necessarily get scads of foot traffic like Bayview, which boasts amazing vistas youre unlikely to find gracing tourist postcards.
Sun., Aug. 31, 9 a.m.; Sun., Sept. 14, 9 a.m., 2008