2012-07-13 / Community

Summer Streets Return InAugust

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New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner (DOT) Janette Sadik-Khan has announced the fifth annual Summer Streets events will be held Aug. 4, 11 and 18, bringing nearly seven miles of carfree streets to Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park for three Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm, as well as Weekend Walks events in 19 neighborhoods citywide throughout the summer.

DOT continues to bring fun activities to the Summer Streets lineup, with a 160-foot-long zip line, a 25-foot climbing wall provided by REI, football and other sports-themed activities, DOT’s popular free helmet fittings and dozens of free offerings ranging from exercise to dance to yoga classes. The Commissioner made the announcement at Union Square, the site of a zip line demonstration and a helmet fitting featuring DOT’s latest helmet design, which will be available at all three Summer Streets events.

“For three Saturdays this August, the streets belong to all New Yorkers, and everyone’s invited,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “Building on this summertime tradition, New Yorkers can ride high on Summer Streets’ first-ever zip line and take part in dozens of activities for all ages, while 19 local Weekend Walks events are bringing even more opportunities for New Yorkers to walk, cycle, skate and dance their way through the five boroughs.”

This year’s Summer Streets events are made possible in part through the support of outdoor-gear retailer REI, Whole Foods Market, Crunch, Odwalla, GoGo squeeZ, Asphalt Green and NFL PLAY 60, among others. Media sponsors include New York Magazine, El Diario, CBS and SNY.

Due to increasing demand, free helmet fittings will take place at a more spacious 52nd Street location this year. DOT has given out more than 50,000 helmets to date and this year’s helmets feature an attractive new color scheme. The City Department of Environmental Protection is providing drinking water fountains along the route and free bicycle and rollerblade rentals will be available at select locations. Bike New York also will be onsite teaching Learn to Ride bicycle classes.

Key cross-town streets will remain open to vehicles. No Parking regulations will be in effect from 11 pm the Friday evening before each event until 2 pm the day of the event. Street closures will begin at 6 am, with streets reopening at 1:30 pm on the day of each event. More information can be found at nyc.gov/summerstreets.

DOT is once again partnering with community groups in every borough to present Weekend Walks. These temporary pedestrian streets expand the doorsteps to local businesses and cultural institutions while promoting healthy, safe, fun recreation. Each event creates high-quality space in commercial districts. Hosted by local community groups and merchants, each Weekend Walk features a range of family-friendly activities, from music performances to arts and crafts to classes and youth programming. Altogether, there are 19 Weekend Walks locations across the city, and each provides a unique, car-free street experiences ranging from one to 10 blocks long. Several Weekend Walks have already taken place in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, organized by WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development) in the Bronx; Neighbors Allied for Good Growth in Brooklyn; the Columbus Amsterdam BID and Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)in Manhattan; and the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and Queens Jewish Community Council in Queens. More information is available at www.nyc.gov/weekendwalks.

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