Summer Streets

April 27, 2012 New York


Since 2008 the New York City Department of Transportation has hosted Summer Streets, an annual celebration of the City’s most valuable public space–its streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are closed to cars and opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides more space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation.

Summer Streets is modeled on events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage. The event is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party—a great time for exercise, people watching, or just enjoying summer mornings.

The Summer Streets route extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy side travel options on low-traffic streets to the Hudson River Greenway, Harlem, Brooklyn and Governors Island, allowing participants to plan a route as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Summer Streets attracts more and more New Yorkers and visitors each year. In 2011, more than 250,000 people participated throughout the three days of Summer Streets.

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Contact: Jessica Wurwarg, Chief of Staff, External Affairs, NYCDOT,