About Summer Streets

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On two consecutive Saturdays this August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets are open for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets reclaims and transforms streets into active and attractive public spaces, providing safe recreational cycling and walking routes in the heart of Manhattan.

Summer Streets encourages the use of sustainable forms of transportation, reducing traffic congestion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions during the event. Without the congestion of cars, participants experience the built environment from new perspectives. Free event programming allows participants to experience the rich and varied arts and cultural resources of New York City.

Summer Streets is modeled on other events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage in France, and has since inspired other such events around the world such as CicloRecreoVía and London's Regent Street Summer Streets.

Held between 7 am and 1 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. With easy access from all points in New York City, participants may plan a trip 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 is a project of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT).

NYC DOT thanks the other City agencies who provide vital support for Summer Streets, including:


DOT Arts and Culture
Press and Communications
Freight Mobility
Highway Inspection and Quality Assurance
Legal Affairs
Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s Office
Mobility Management
Office of Construction Mitigation and Coordination
Office of Special Events
Roadway Repair and Maintenance
Safety Education
Traffic and Planning

City of New York

Business Integrity Commission
Citywide Events Coordination and Management
Department of Buildings
Department of Environmental Protection
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Department of Sanitation
MTA New York City Transit
New York City Fire Department
New York City Police Department
NYC 311
NYC Parks
Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO)