Summer Streets Begins Along Park Avenue

Friday, August 05, 2011

On August 6, 13 and 20, New Yorkers will have access to about seven-miles of Park Avenue, without cars, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.

The city has launched its fourth annual Summer Streets program, and is inviting New Yorkers to bring their bikes, come for a walk and enjoy free events on each of those days, when from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Park Avenue will be closed to cars.

The city's Department of Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, said the agency also keeps drivers in mind when planning the event.

"We put out a lot of notices so that the drivers know exactly what the restrictions are, but all major cross streets are open and we have not had a problem with traffic," she said. "We schedule this event from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on summer Saturdays, when traffic volumes are very low," said Sadik-Khan.

Sadik-Khan said the city begins planning for Summer Streets in January. She also said the program is virtually all paid for by various sponsors including food, media and cycling groups.

She estimates that about 60,000 people attend each Saturday during Summer Streets.

This Saturday's activities include sand boxes in Foley Square and rock climbing on Spring Street.


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