Those living in New York should be really happy this summer, because the Department of Transportation is planning a 6.9-mile car-free path from the Brooklyn Bridge to the 72nd street entrance of Central Park.
Three Saturday mornings in August (the 9th, 16th, and 23rd) for six hours the streets will belong to those that want to “Play. Run. Walk. Bike. Breathe.” The experiment is called “Summer Streets”.
The “Summer Streets” campaign which was inspired by the Ciclovia festival in Bogota, Columbia, is a full-fledged summer activity program, with dance, fitness, and yoga classes on tap.
“The length of Summer Streets is what makes it amazing. This connects communities who don’t have parks to those who do. It also connects people from Prospect Park to Central Park,” said Wiley Norvell, of Transportation Alternatives. “I want to make sure to help New Yorkers make the most of the opportunity.”
There are already people griping about the campaign, saying it will affect their business negatively: “They’ve got to be kidding,” manager and owner of the League of Mutual Taxi Owners Vincent Capone told The Sun. We need these kinds of campaigns guys. Forget about your personal interests for a couple of days, it’s not that big a deal, eh?
Good initiative New York, we want more!