Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2012, more than 250,000 people took advantage Summer Streets.
Summer Streets is modeled on other 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.
Summer Streets runs from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. The 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 is a project of the New York City Department of Transportation. DOT is joined by several other City agencies and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to present Summer Streets.
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NYC DOT thanks the other City agencies who provide vital support for Summer Streets, including:
Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management
NYC & Co.
Mayor's Community Affairs Unit
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Department of Sanitation
Department of Buildings
Department of Parks and Recreation
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Mayor's Volunteer Center
A special thanks also to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.