Golden Gate Park played host to the city’s Sunday Streets event yesterday, which once a month shuts down traffic on a major street of a San Francisco neighborhood for five hours. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., people are encouraged to bike, skate or roller blade along the closed road.
On Sunday, April 10th, John F. Kennedy Drive was closed to traffic. In addition to the usual biking and skating, several events were also taking place.
David Miles, Jr., also known as the “Godfather of Skating,” “The Pied Piper of Skating,” or “the Mayor of Golden Gate Park” organized a skating event in which he intended to shatter three Guinness World Records. Starting at 11 a.m., anyone who wanted to participate registered for a number and rented skates if needed. Around 11:30 a.m., all those who registered lined up at the starting line. The first record broken was the World’s Longest Skating Serpentine, in which skaters had to hand-in-hand wind down JFK Dr. like a snake. The second record broken was the World’s Longest Chain of Inline Skaters. However, the record for World’s Longest Chain of Roller-Skaters was not beat, since only around 125 people registered and the number to beat was 250.
In addition to the world records event, just down the road was Lindy in the Park. Swing dancers were encouraged to show off their skills in a designated area on the bridge next to the De Young museum.
The next Sunday Streets will be May 8th in the Mission District.
All photos by Cindy Waters