Streetfilms: Scenes From Summer Streets

Saturday was the second of three Summer Streets this August, with car-free streets along Park Avenue and Lafayette Street from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge. Couldn’t make it yourself? Clarence Eckerson Jr. from Streetfilms, as always, has got you covered.

Clarence says he was particularly struck by how many people pedaled the route using Citi Bike. Although the blue bikes are already commonplace on many of the city’s streets, this photo from Clarence of the bike-share station at City Hall helps illustrate the demand during Summer Streets.

If you’re looking for the uncut version, YouTube user Sonny Sprinkles posted a 41-minute video documenting his ride from the Brooklyn Bridge to Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

Summer Streets has kept the same schedule since its inaugural run in 2008. Given the thousands of people out enjoying the event, the next mayor might score a few livable streets points by promising to expand this popular program. There’s one more chance to enjoy car-free streets on Manhattan’s East Side this summer: the third and final Summer Streets of 2013 will take place this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Anonymous

    I chose to ride a citibike rather than my own bike on Saturday.

  • Eric McClure

    Clarence’s auteur moment: People riding Citi Bikes past a Chase branch at 0:11.

  • Jesse

    Um yeah this event was horrible for every other mode besides bikes. I remember these events from before all the white people went bike crazy and they were actually kinda nice. Now its just a parade of yuppies who “care about the environment”. I wish they cared about the city as much as they cared about themselves and there private transit of choice. Events like this make me feel like I’m watching a Robert Moses documentary. Bikes are just cars in disguise.

  • Joe Linton

    I don’t know what event you were at. I didn’t see any environmental messages out there – just people having fun. There were plenty of people not on bike: runners, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, strollers – not just bikes. I had a great time and look forward to going back next week

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