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Polk Street from Market Street to Beach Street and is one of the main thoroughfares of the Polk Gulch neighborhood traversing the Tenderloin, Nob Hill, and Russian Hill neighborhoods. There are lots of great bars, restaurants, and shops on the street named after former President James K. Polk.
The street also has bike lanes, which were approved in 2002. San Francisco bike route 25 runs along Polk Street, and is the only North-South route suitable for casual bicycle travel within at least a mile in either direction.
As the original center of the city's LGBT community, it has remained one of the core centers along with The Castro and the South of Market (SOMA). On New Year's Day 1965, police raided a gay fundraising party for the newly founded Council on Religion and the Homosexual in California Hall on Polk Street, a incident that according to some marked the beginning of a more formally organized gay rights movement in San Francisco. In 1972, Polk Street was the location of the first official San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. In the 1950s through the 1970s Halloween on Polk Street became a major attraction for tourists and locals.