San Francisco the latest city to embrace regular car-free Sundays

photo edgehill/flickr San Franciscans will be able to relax at car-free streets even more often in 2010

San Francisco is the latest city to embrace car-free Sundays, where streets are temporarily closed to motor traffic, allowing walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters to enjoy safe and fun neighbourhoods.

SF Mayor Gavin Newsom declared 2009's 'Sunday Streets' a stunning success, and announced an extension for the new 2010 schedule, with events covering more neighbourhoods for longer hours.

The city will close streets to motor vehicles on nine days in 2010, and the hours have been extended 10am to 3.30pm.

LCC communications officer Mike Cavenett said, "LCC lobbied successfully to create the car-free Freewheel/Skyride events in central London and Hounslow. We say every London borough should feel the benefit from motor traffic-free streets at least once a year.

"If a country as wedded to the motor vehicle as the USA can do it, there's no reason why we can't here too."