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Ten events planned for this year’s Sunday Streets program

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This year’s slate of Sunday Street events will begin next month on The Embarcadero.

The popular program, in which streets are shuttered to automobile traffic and opened up to bicyclists, pedestrians and others, will mark its fifth year of existence with 10 more events in 2012.

The street closures will kick off with a March 11 event on The Embarcadero, according to Mayor Ed Lee’s office, which announced the schedule on Wednesday. On April 15, the event will shift to the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park, and the Mission will host the next three gatherings — on May 6, June 3 and July 1.

On July 22, the event will shift to the Bayview and return one last time to the Mission on Aug. 5. Another event will be held in August in Chinatown, but the exact date hasn’t been determined yet.

On Sept. 9, the Western Addition, Panhandle and Alamo Square neighborhoods will take part, and the 2012 Sunday Streets schedule will conclude Oct. 21 in the Outer Mission and Excelsior neighborhoods.

“Sunday Streets not only showcases San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, it is a proven cost-effective way to better health for San Franciscans,” Lee said.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com