NY400 Meets Summer Streets

From NY400:

The coming three Saturdays (8, 15 and 22 Aug) NY400 will be part of NYC’s Summer Streets. Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be closed to motor vehicles, a green and sustainable transportation campaign designed to give everybody a chance to get out and enjoy the streets freely! During this event, you can rent for free one of our 150 bright orange NY400 bicycles, and, even better, win one by submitting your Summer Streets photos to the Summer Streets 09 Flickr group. The best four pictures will win an orange NY400 bikes. For more details on the event and the competition go to http://www.ny400.org/events/summer-streets

About NY400
This year we celebrate 400 years of enduring friendship between the Netherlands and the United States. Four hundred years ago, a Dutch ship called the Half Moon guided to the shores of what is now New York City with Captain Henry Hudson at the helm. This led to the establishment of New Amsterdam and the New Netherland colony. Some 167 years later, in 1776, the Dutch were the first to salute the flag of the United States of America. NY400 celebrates the free spirit, openness, entrepreneurship and tolerance of those Dutch-American pioneers, and their continued relevance today and beyond.

2 Responses to “NY400 Meets Summer Streets”

  • Sean says:

    I rode the Summer Streets route this morning. It was wonderful: sunny, moderate temperature; a slight breeze. However, what struck me most was what was missing. Gone was the noise of revving automobile engines and constant horn honking, and the tension of trying to navigate clogged streets and protect oneself from charging automobiles.

    It was so quiet and peaceful that even as I made my way through the heart of midtown, near Grand Central, in what seemed for New York City like wide open spaces, all I could hear was the gentle whoosh of turning spokes, the occasional cascade of a bicycle bell, and people talking with each other, having a good time.

    The other thing I’d like to mention is how efficient the trip was. With everyone taking such little space on their bikes and walking, the street was clear and easy to navigate; intersections weren’t blocked up (as usual); and I was able to cruise from the Upper East Side to the Brooklyn Bridge in a very short amount of time. It seemed far faster to me than if I had been driving, on the subway, or certainly, in one of our plodding city buses. And, keep in mind that, even today, there were stoplights to stop at so crosstown traffic could get through.

    On a blog like this, I imagine everyone already agrees. But as I left the route this morning, I hoped that at least a few of the people I saw got home; thought about how much fun they had; how quickly they could move from point to point, and will lean a little bit more to thinking that this kind of urban planning (bikes and walking over cars) is actually a good idea.

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    What an amusingly weird historical tie-in! Nonetheless, I am so happy to see these cool orange Batavus bikes in NYC!

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