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Old 08-05-09, 09:15 PM   #1
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Summer Streets, '09

Did anyone check out Summer Streets, 2008? Excited about '09?
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Old 08-05-09, 11:33 PM   #2
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.....? link? or info? please?
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http://www.nyc.gov/summerstreets
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Old 08-06-09, 12:37 AM   #4
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Stacy beat me to it. Sorry for not having provided any information, initially. If you don't feel like clicking on the link (I don't know why you might not, but...), Summer Streets will be an exercise in which New York will close off a section of Park Avenue to motor traffic — this will occur on three Saturdays in August, 2009 — I believe the idea was first practiced last year, in 2008.
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Thoroughly LOVED Summer Streets 2008. It was what got me interested in riding again since childhood. LOVED how they closed off so many streets and how they had gym classes, performances, and free drinks along the route. Best to play early in the morning before the crowds start accumulating. I remember by the last week of Summer Streets 2008, there was already a huge crowd early in morning too.

Hoping weather will be excellent for Summer streets 2009 too and I hope to attend all 3 weeks
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It was thoroughly enjoyable last year both as a pedestrian and as a cyclist. My only complain is that some cyclists were going way too fast, especially around the crowded Union Sq area.
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Going to be out there at 7am. Can't wait, wanted to ride this last year but never got my act together. Bought my GF a bike this year and she's pretty excited about this too.
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Bought my GF a bike this year and she's pretty excited about this too.
This is what it's all about!

I made a few of them last year, they were wonderful. Can only make one week this year, alas. (8/22)
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I like to think that the city is throwing me a bike party for my birthday, lol. (August 8th) I'm definitely going as long as the weather holds out.
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I'll be there this Sunday too. KitN! shout me out and I'll buy you a b'day cupcake for your b'day. How old are you gonna be? 18?
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Best part is you don't have to own a bike because there's free bike share!

Last year I enjoyed it much more than I expected so I'm really looking forward to it this time around.
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Best part is you don't have to own a bike because there's free bike share!
true dat - and even walking around is fun. I stopped and stood over my bike every now and then in the middle of Park Avenue - nice to do that with no cars in sight!
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What do you mean about not having to own a bike? Are there free rentals?
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I'll be there this Sunday too. KitN! shout me out and I'll buy you a b'day cupcake for your b'day. How old are you gonna be? 18?
It's this Saturday (not Sunday), August 8th and so is the first Summer Streets day.

My age? 187.

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Saturday? Even better! I'll try to get out there earlier this year so I can do more than just roll down and back traffic free. Like maybe stop and do stuff.
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It got really popular at the end last year.
at route end in City Hall it was filled with people, people talking about what to do next?
brunch? meet friends?
no free helmets this year though.
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Yes!!!
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Bad news: Chance of rain on Saturday...
Good news: ...rain due in the afternoon.

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenda...nav_undeclared
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you should go anyway - just hop on the subway if it pours. Or wait it out with everyone under shelter.

My favorite part last year was talking to random people as we rode along. so civilized!
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We should put together a BF Summer Streets Group and ride together. How about it? Who's going tomorrow? (Also, list the time you plan to attend.)

1. KitN (7 AM - 1PM)
2. ??
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great idea KitN - I'll check back here for the 22nd.....
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true dat - and even walking around is fun. I stopped and stood over my bike every now and then in the middle of Park Avenue - nice to do that with no cars in sight!
I enjoyed stopping infront of the south side of grand central, preferably in perfect picture stand of the met life building lol. And yes, going through the curvy tunnel on the north side of grand central is quite fun!

I'm skipping this saturday's opening of summer streets for a long island oyster bay group ride, however, I will next saturday when my friends from Vancouver are in town!

Hope everyone has a great time and enjoy's! If only we could have a city summer streets on the west side highway from 125 to battery park! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Just to follow up...good news, everybody!

http://www.weather.com/weather/weeke...nav_undeclared

No rain!

My GF and I will hopefully be out there, if not on bikes then just hoofing it. Walking down Park Ave was quite a treat last year! The trees and plants on the medians are gorgeous.
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I slept in. I'm heading to Summer Streets now. I'm starting from downtown making my way up. If you see a girl in a light blue billowy top, all legs, a ponytail, shiny brown heels, on a cream colored vintage Schwinn with a silver basket up front, that be me! Come on over and say "Hi"!
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That was fun!
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