City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

My boyfriend recently purchased a bike and I’m a bit jealous. He works 10 minutes from our apartment so it’s an easy commute. My commute on the other hand is 25 minutes by subway which could be about an hour on a bicycle. While I’m looking to get a bit more physical activity in my daily routine, I can’t justify the purchase just yet.

So when I heard about Summer Streets in NYC I couldn’t help but be tempted by a little uninterrupted outdoor exercise. The event takes a valuable public space – our City’s streets – and opens them up to people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides more space for healthy recreation (as opposed to inside the walls of your gym) and is a part of NYC’s greening initiative by encouraging New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation.

The event closes Park Avenue and its connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to Central Park. Summer Streets is full of dance classes for kids, reading areas, a coffee and art section and even a picnic zone. If you haven’t got a bicycle like me, you can rent one for free or even rent a free pair of skates.

I can’t think of a better way to enjoy your weekend, soaking up the summer sun and enjoying a bit of exercise with the family or some friends.

Summer Streets will be this Saturday August 15th and Saturday August 22nd from 7am-1pm. For more information on activities along the route, log on to

Originally published August 2009
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