NEW YORK — Summer Streets are back.
Because of the pandemic, the annual event that closes nearly 7 miles of Park Avenue to cars was canceled last year.
On Aug. 7 and 14, pedestrians and cyclists can travel the roadway and stop for art and fitness activities. The stretch from around 60th Street to the Brooklyn Bridge will close from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The city estimates about 300,000 people visited in 2019. It was created in 2008.
The pandemic made open space a priority. Outdoor dining and pedestrian walkways have popped up around the city. The administration is working on permanent rules and regulations.
Paul Krikler likes to commute via bike and advocates for safe streets.
“This is the right time in the city: people want boulevards, open streets and restaurants, and not just space for parking cars,” he said.
Some major road redesign projects are moving ahead and the Department of Transportation is doing its first official big survey right now. City law requires DOT to draft a five-year-plan.
Click here to answer some questions on line about the budget and priorities. Comments can be placed on a map to suggest traffic issues, needs for better buses and bike infrastructure.
Krikler is working with Transportation Alternatives to bring pedestrian, bike and transit upgrades to part of Third Avenue.