Summer Streets, pt 3
With a 70 per cent chance of rain, far fewer people turned out for the last of three traffic free Saturdays in August the City calls Summer Streets. And having volunteers yelling “it’s raining” every time a few drops fell from the sky certainly didn’t help. By the time I reached the upper East Side there seemed to be more volunteers than participants!
Down in Soho, Rev Billy was perched by the curb looking for a choir to preach to. Clearly he wasn’t going to let a little weather dampen his day. And in Gramercy, Bixi, the Montreal Bike Share folks, had plenty of takers for their free sample of bike sharing.
Each time I do Summer Streets the time seems to pass a little quicker. During my first visit I was able to ride down to the Western Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, up to Central Park, back down to the bridge, and still have time for plenty of time to hang out on the Viaduct, and get a free cup o’ Joe from Juan Valdez.
One of the things I like most about Summer Streets is that it’s become a showcase for local bike manufacturers. I’m an online fan of Fast Boy and his bikes. I was really hoping to get a real world look.
This time around I barely made it up to 71st Street as volunteers were calling five minute warning turning around and heading downtown again. I live downtown, so I’d much rather be south of the Grand Central Viaduct when police re-open the streets to traffic.
And unless Mike the Mayor is re-elected to a third term in office this might be the last we’ll see of a car-free Park Avenue, at least in the foreseeable future. Well… maybe the Naked Cowboy or the Rev Mayor Billy could be a Summer Streets Friendly mayor too. I certainly hope so. I have friends and family who still haven’t walked the Grand Central Viaduct. Maybe we could get a rain date?