Video of the first car-free street day in Manhattan
- From Streetfilms ( http://www.streetfilms.org/ ) via the Monday
August 11 entry on the CoolTowns blog:
Feeling remarkably similar to Bogota's Ciclovia, the New York City
Department of Transportation held its first Summer Streets event on
Saturday by opening 7 miles of city streets to pedestrians and bike
traffic only. From 7 AM to 1 PM, roads were car-free from 72nd Street
to the Brooklyn Bridge with Park Avenue serving as the backbone of the
route. Our Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is the real deal - she
spent the entire day riding a bike around the course (and even said
some nice things about me to my mom.)
We'll spare you the 200 adjectives we could list about how
transformational it was, for it was beyond anything on the printed
page. The general consensus was that the event succeeded beyond even
the most hoped for expectations and would pass even the most
pessimistic of measuring sticks. A page has been turned, clearly there
is no doubt: the future will hold many more large scale street
openings for pedestrians, cyclists, runners, children, dog walkers,
dancers, and any other reasonable livable space use.
The swarms of people and happy faces made for much positive energy.
Around noon, some blocks were getting very crowded, but there was a
general courtesy that existed between pedestrians and cyclists. The
city built it - and the people came. And they smiled alot.
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- Wish I was there; my son has been thers twice this year (a point I am
proud of), with me one of those times.
Has this made network TV mention yet? With their news offices in NYC
(including CNN I believe) we can hope.
Just hoping to witness the avalanche of carfree living into the US
conscious. Not yet? Ever?