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NYC Summer Streets 2009

On Saturday the New York City Department of Transportation and partners kicked off the second annual Summer Streets. A car-free zone was created from 7 AM to 1 PM starting at 72nd Street and traveled mainly along Park Ave to the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan estimated that double the number of people visited the 7 mile route compared to the first Summer Streets event last year. If you missed Summer Streets on Saturday, don't worry for you have two more chances to experience the car-free bliss on August 15th and 22nd.

[music]
Speaker: [0:03] We're on the Brooklyn feeder ride on the way to Summer Streets. It's the first Summer Streets of 2009.
Speaker: [0:09] Biking in Central Park, we're down to Brooklyn Bridge and back.
Speaker: [0:12] Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Speaker: [0:14] The West Side.
Speaker: [0:14] Chelsea.
Speaker: [0:15] The Bronx.
Speaker: [0:15] Astoria.
Speaker: [0:16] From Jersey. From Bayonne, New Jersey.
Speaker: [0:18] I just came all the way down from Boston for this thing because I thought it would be fun to be in an ultimate wheels festival here in Manhattan.

[musical interlude]

Janette Sadik-Khan: [0:33] We are here at the second, and what we hope is an annual Summer Streets, seven miles of car-free streets where we have thousands and thousands of New Yorkers that are out enjoying the streets of New York in a whole new way and I took a Samba class this morning and there was a Cha-cha class and we've had Yoga and free cheese and free coffee.
Speaker: [0:54] Met up with my friend here, and then we came to have some coffee and we're making plans for the rest of the day. I would like to see Park Avenue as it was when you were only allowed to walk, ride a bike, or use your horse.

[musical interlude]

Janette Sadik-Khan: [1:11] Last year we had 50,000 people come out on the first weekend. We are easily double that right now and it is just incredibly exciting. You look at the faces of people, just completely captures the enthusiasm, the excitement, the sort of wonder of using our streets a little differently.

[musical interlude]

[screaming] [1:24]

Bill Dipaolo: [1:32] Summer Streets New York City, we're on Park Avenue, 35th street, all different people are giving away free bikes, the Times up, they have bike decorating downtown. We're seeing bike traffic and it's beautiful.
Speaker: [1:42] I haven't ridden in a while and this seems like a great idea. Every biker tells us "Great. It's wonderful. I'm glad they're doing it."
Speaker: [1:48] The program that we're running today is mimicking a bike-share. You can walk up, sign a waiver, leave an ID and take a bike for up to an hour for free.
Speaker: [1:59] It's a photo contest that's part of Summer Streets, and you can rent a camera for free, take pictures while you ride and the winner is going to win one of those orange bicycles that are over there.
George Bliss: [2:10] Summer Streets is the most awesome thing New York ever did.
George Bliss: [2:13] But we're out of bikes. And we have 30 bikes that are gone, but we are sharing bikes. There's no charge to take a Beria Cruiser. They're very comfortable upright bikes.

[musical interlude]

Speaker: [2:25] And we're just fixing bikes for people, pumping tires up mostly. Lots of people ride with not enough air pressure.

[musical interlude]

Speaker: [2:45] I think it's fantastic [laughter]
Interviewer: [2:46] Why?
Speaker: [2:47] Because it's so colorful and so family oriented.
Child: [2:51] It's pretty cool that this street is closed to cars.
Wiley Norvell: [2:54] CA has three locations. This one's the big family rest stop. A lot of people are riding their bikes here, hopping off. Leaving them with us and then walking around, dancing for a bit, then coming back to us and picking up the bikes.
Speaker: [3:06] I got "Biking Rules." It's the new street code for cyclists.
Child: [3:09] I like riding my skateboard in the street.

[musical interlude]

Speaker: [3:28] I have serious rheumatoid arthritis, trying to make it.
Speaker: [3:33] Well, I think this is wonderful.

[musical interlude]

Woman 4: [3:41] Do you think business is better or worse or about the same with Summer Streets?
Speaker: [3:45] Better. I certainly think that the business is better with Summer Streets being here on the weekends.
Aaron Naparstek: [3:51] This year is better than last year. First of all, the weather is perfect. There seems to be, like, less of that kind of pedestrian/bike conflict.
Aaron Naparstek: [3:59] Hi Streetfilms.
Janette Sadik-Khan: [4:01] It's been a great day, the first of three consecutive Saturdays. People are coming out 7:00 AM. to 1:00 PM to really enjoy this incredible experience.
Janette Sadik-Khan: [4:11] Voilà. Summer Streets.
Janette Sadik-Khan: [4:13] Summer Streets.


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  • Gort

    Waaaaaah! So sad to have missed, it looked great. But I'll be there for the next two.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/Caroline Caroline Samponaro

    YAY! Summer Streets!

  • Gerberg

    Wow, you're speedy! Good work EP. I was especially taken by the remarkable pug-Pan cinematog.

  • http://msftandthefuture.spaces.live.com/ Quikboy

    We should have a Summer Streets-like thing in my city. Though we'd need a LOT more shaded areas, cool-off zones, and of course money or sponsors.

  • Nadette Stasa

    Elizabeth - you always rock my world - this is terrific - I am partial to the footage of Olive!
    Peace, Pugs & Pedaling, Nadette

  • http://pedalpressure.blogspot.com/ John in NH

    I am so totally excited for summer streets this saturday!!!! very exciting!

  • http://ivonnediaz2004@Optonline.net ivonne (ivy) diaz

    I loved it!!! I am one of the Volunteers! I was assigned to Zone 5 with my Zone Manager = Danielle Campbell! My hours/shift was from 6:30am-10:30am wearing comfortable shoes! And I sure did! I wore my "SHAPE-UPS!" I loved it! I exercised while I volunteered and I enjoyed saying HI to everyone and asking them if they WERE ENJOYING THEMSELVES! I loved working on 8th Street with The Traffic Officers and they were AWESOME too! They loved the fact that we really worked as a TEAM!!!! I mean it was amazing! I MADE DANIELLE PROMISE ME TO CONTACT ME FOR THE NEXT ONE AND ACTUALLY FOR ANY AND EVERY OTHER EVENT!!! I LOVE IT!! THANK YOU SUMMER STREETS AND KEEP IT GOING,EACH & EVERY YEAR!!!!! IVY

  • http://sicbybikeday.wordpress.com Il Gladiatore

    Is a loving city!
    Thanks for doing it as an inspiration to the world. If NY can do it, every city can!

  • Dean Larkin

    Doug ROCKS???

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