Attend 'Phoenix Day' to Celebrate SF's Slow Streets / Your Weekend Guide to All the Things

Happy Almost Weekend! It's Friday, October 15, 2021

Hey, San Francisco!

Matt Charnock here — The SF Minute's second guest editor. Some of you might know me as the human behind The Bold Italic and SFist (on the weekends). TBH, I’m just glad to be here and for the free snacks.

Oh! And Nick will be back next week doing all the good and groovy things on The SF Minute.

Now, on to some weekend content.

San Francisco streets that are part of the City’s Slow Streets Program have become a means of respite for residents. On the weekends, in particular, they fill with people dining inside al fresco seating areas and passersby taking full advantage of this urban renaissance — sans passing cars.

Phoenix Day — a program created by Sunday Streets, which is a part of the San Francisco nonprofit Livable City — aims to celebrate SF’s resilience amid the pandemic and the rise of “car-free fun” in San Francisco streets. On Sunday, October 17th, from noon to 5 p.m., five SF neighborhoods will have a litany of events that span the gamut from arts and crafts workshops to streetside dance performances.

There’s also going to be a 20-plus-mile urban bike route — called the “Cross City Connector” — that will comb through San Francisco’s network of Slow Streets corridors. Bikers are welcomed to join the community bike ride that will start at Chan Kaajal Park in the Mission District at noon.

That said: Phoenix Day attendees are encouraged to choose their own adventure during the day’s festivities, which includes when and where they may want to bike along the Cross City Connector route.

You can see the entire lineup of events at

Quick News Bits

  • We mentioned Wednesday that City employees who hadn’t yet updated their vaccination status had until 11:59 p.m. that day to do so or risk termination — but there appear to be several SF police staffers who failed to meet that deadline. (Here/Say)

  • As of today, fully vaccinated individuals in San Francisco don’t have to wear a mask when inside certain indoor public areas, like at gyms or in the office. (SFGate)

  • … But you may very well need to wear your wildfire smoke-approved face mask as smoke from SoCal’s Alisal Fire begins working its way into the Bay Area tonight, hazing the skies above San Francisco. (Chronicle)

  • Was last night’s call by first-base umpire Gabe Morale for a checked swing? An actual swing? Either way: It was a demoralizing, anticlimactic end to Game 5 in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. (SFist)

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Have a great evening. See y’all… sometime soon! — Matt Charnock

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