Snapshots from NYC’s Summer Streets

Posted on 08/13/2013

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Summer Streets full of all ages and activities

Summer Streets full of all ages and activities

Last weekend I enjoyed a visit to New York City’s Summer Streets – an excellent car-free street festival. It’s very similar to CicLAvia, Los Angeles’ ciclovia festival, which Bikas’ editor-in-chief Joe Linton had a hand in bringing to life. I am going to share some photographs I took that can maybe give readers a sense for the event.

Bikes, dogs, pedestrians, skateboarders and more all share the Summer Streets.

Bikes, dogs, pedestrians, skateboarders and more all share the Summer Streets.

Lots of Citibike and other rental bikes enjoying Summer Streets. I hope there weren't toooo many late charges. (Long lines at Citibike kiosks, Citibike staff were out in force moving bikes out of full docking stations.)

Lots of Citibike and other rental bikes enjoying Summer Streets. I hope there weren’t toooo many late charges. (Long lines at Citibike kiosks, Citibike staff were out in force moving bikes out of full docking stations.)

All kinds of great historic NYC architecture on view

All kinds of great historic NYC architecture on view

I confess that, especially with my newborn daughter (but even before that), I've been observing how kids move through ciclovia spaces. Lots of moms out with their daughters.

I confess that, especially with my newborn daughter (but even before that), I’ve been observing how kids move through ciclovia spaces. Lots of moms out with their daughters.

Very young girls bicycling down Park Avenue (her mom was very close by)

Very young girls bicycling down Park Avenue (her mom was very close by)

Plenty of young kids on scooters in the middle of Park Avenue

Plenty of young kids on scooters in the middle of Park Avenue

This very young girl was holding her own on a push bike (no pedals - for training kids how to balance)

This very young girl was holding her own on a push bike (no pedals – for training kids how to balance)

Three kids enjoying the ride in some sort of bucket cargo bike

Three kids enjoying the ride in some sort of bucket cargo bike

Lots of kids in strollers. I think that this image shows how Summer Streets essentially extends the democracy of the sidewalk into the roadway.

Lots of kids in strollers. I think that this image shows how Summer Streets essentially extends the democracy of the sidewalk into the roadway.

Rest stops included valet bike parking

Rest stops included valet bike parking

Yoga class at a rest stop

Yoga class at a rest stop

There was a lot of presence from NYC Parks Department at rest stops. This photo shows a fitness activity where participants swing heavy ropes. I am not sure about those stationery bikes in the background, though... better to get out and move through the Summer Streets.

There was a lot of presence from NYC Parks Department at rest stops. This photo shows a fitness activity where participants swing heavy ropes. I am not sure about those stationery bikes in the background, though… better to get out and move through the Summer Streets.

Water stations hooked up to NYC drinking water at fire hydrants. NYC promotes drinking tap water - because it's cheap, healthy and great for the environment.

Water stations hooked up to NYC drinking water at fire hydrants. NYC promotes drinking tap water – because it’s cheap, healthy and great for the environment.

Bikas' Joe Linton with Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms

Bikas’ Joe Linton with Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms

Here’s the short film that Clarence made that day:

Summer Streets takes place Saturdays in August – the last one is coming up this Saturday, August 17th. Details at NYC DOT website. I am hoping to head back out to it, this time with my wife and my daughter.

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