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Event Overview: Ever wonder what it would be like to swim in a Dumpster? To stroll down Park Avenue without worrying about motor vehicles? If you have, Summer Streets NYC is for you. This lively and cheerful event, organized by the NYC Department of Transportation to encourage good will towards cyclists, takes place on Saturdays in August between 7am and 1pm. For those six hours, Park Avenue is closed to motor traffic and opened to joggers, cyclists, skaters, and ambulators. Free water and healthy snacks are available.
What to Expect: Fun. If swimming in a brand-new, custom-designed, water-filled Dumpster pool doesn't appeal to you, try jogging down Park Avenue, frolicking in the sun, or biking through the loop in Grand Central Station. Organized bike rides are available; some are even set to music.
- Bikes Galore: Because Park Avenue is closed only for these three Saturdays out of the year, expect to see hundreds of cyclists taking advantage of the open street. Be sure to use caution if you choose to join them; give pedestrians right-of-way, wear a helmet, and ring your bell when changing lanes.
- Sun: While the weather can be unpredictable, it is usually warm in August, with the occasional cool, refreshing breeze. Don't forget to pack sunglasses and sunscreen, especially if you intend to swim (changing rooms and showers are available).
Inside Knowledge: The first Summer Streets NYC was held in 2008 to promote non-motor transportation and encourage good will towards cyclists. For three Saturdays in August, Park Avenue and its cross streets were closed to motor vehicles and opened to bikers, joggers, and strollers. In 2010 Dumpster pools were added to rest stops. The event was a huge success, and many now look forward to going biking with their friends.
- Use Mass Transit: Because Park Avenue and its cross streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, the best way to get to Summer Streets NYC is to use mass transit. Note that, for this event only, cyclists will not be required to have a permit to take their bikes on a train; however, because of space limitations, only eight bikes are allowed on a train at one time.
- Take a Break: Rest stops are available on 51st, 24th, Lafayette, and Centre Street. There you can catch your breath, repair your bike, drink some water, enjoy a free (and healthy) snack, or chat with other cycling or jogging enthusiasts.
- Wear a Helmet: While helmets are required by law only for those under 14, wearing one is a good idea for bikers all ages. Free helmets are provided by the City of New York, and Summer Street NY volunteers will be happy to fit you with one.
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Summer Streets NYC
Summer Streets NYC
E. 72nd St. and Park Ave
New York, US
Aug 03,2013 - Aug 17,2013
Dumpster Swimming, Free Bike Repair, and Group Bike Rides at Summer Streets NYC
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Event Quick Facts
- Summer Streets New York begins at 7am and ends at 1pm on Saturdays in August.
- Summer Streets NYC is held on Park Avenue between Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Bikers under the age of 14 are required to wear a helmet (free helmets are available at Summer Streets NY).
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