Streetfilms: “Summer Streets” Kickoff

Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson delivers this snappy video recap of yesterday’s press conference announcing "Summer Streets," the Ciclovía-style car-free event that will open six miles of Manhattan thoroughfares to pedestrians and cyclists for three Saturdays in August. One quote from Mayor Bloomberg, which doesn’t seem to have made the cut in this morning’s media coverage, addresses (tentatively) the potential of the event to change the way people look at the city:

We have to try different things if we’re going to keep this city vibrant and interesting. We also have to stop talking about global warming and actually do something. I can’t tell you this is going to make a big difference, but it says to people, "There’s other ways to get around."

  • gecko

    things seem to be accelerating . . . hopefully.

  • Stacy

    Clarence was on Channel Four 🙂

  • Looks like the inmates are running the prison.

    I’m in L.A. – and I am also very jealous.

  • Felix

    The more I think about it, the more the 1pm finish seems too early.

  • Andy B from Jersey

    5th poster!

  • Andy B from Jersey

    6th poster!

  • Andy B from Jersey

    Wooh hoo!! 7th poster of the StreetFilm with 7 mania!

  • Clarence

    Andy B – nice!

    Stacy – did I look good?

  • gecko

    Yes: “We also have to stop talking about global warming and actually do something.”

  • cabron

    Good to see Lance finally graduating to bicycle advocate. He’s been silent on bike / ped issues since, um, forever.

  • Bjorn

    We just had Sunday Parkways for the first time in Portland. Even though it was rainy in the morning thousands of people showed up to use 6 miles of temporary parks. Check out the coverage on our local bike blog:

    I think I saw some New Yorkers videotaping from a dutch cargo bike so maybe a streetsfilm is in the works.



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