Year Two – Manhattan’s Summer Streets Open for Bikes on Saturdays in August (Cars Not Allowed) – 7am-1pm
Ladies and gentlemen (and kids, too), start your pedaling! Tracing a route from Central Park down Park Avenue to Lafayette Street to Brooklyn Bridge, Summer Streets gives bicyclists the freedom to enjoy a car-free morning through some of the greatest neighborhoods of Manhattan with fun rest stops along the way. Dance classes, tai chi, musical performances, free bike repair and tennis lessons are offered at several stops. Click here for a full map of the route.
If you’re not a bicyclist or don’t own a bike, don’t fret – you can rent roller blades and bikes (free) at the rest stops. It’s a great chance to stop, soak in the scenery, and enjoy the freedom of riding without taxis honking or cars swerving around you. Brush up on your bike-riding etiquette: observe traffic signals, watch out for others, and definitely wear a helmet.
Note: Park Avenue is open starting at 72nd Street. Bike rentals, courtesy of Holland's donation of bikes to NYC, are best obtained at Spring Street. Look for the Holland display and the bright orange bikes -- be prepared to wait.