Summer Streets

Summer Streets is a cyclist’s dream, a pedestrian fantasy and most definitely New York City’s greatest car-free event. Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York are hosting the party but T.A. wants all bikers, walkers, skaters and joggers; all children, seniors and families; every New Yorker to come out and show their love for car-free streets. For three consecutive Saturdays, August 6th, 13th and 20th, the DOT will close a massive swath of Park Avenue to vehicular traffic, linking Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge in car-free paradise. The streets will be free from cars from 7am to 1pm and free for you to sit, walk, ride, relax, dance, lounge, explore, play and sing.

Transportation Alternatives is leading group rides to the event from Queens and Brooklyn. Travel with T.A. and a pack of bike-loving New Yorkers from your borough to our tent on Park Avenue between 24th and 25th – There you’ll find the high-powered T.A. advocates who have been raising support for safety improvements on Manhattan’s East Side, and volunteers ready to help you become a card-carrying T.A. member and score a limited-edition tote bag.

Also, look for T.A.'s celebrated bike valet stations throughout the Summer Streets' route and leave your lock at home! Park your bike for free at our Uptown, Midtown and SoHo locations and enjoy a leisurely stroll, join in lively Summer Streets programming or simply people-watch New York in all its car-free glory.

Register here to join our group rides from Brooklyn or Queens. Space is limited -- Register today!

T.A. supporters are invited to join in on the fun. Here are some great ways to enjoy a car-free New York City:

  • Join us for a ride to Summer Streets from Queens or Brooklyn. Register now, as space is limited! Or check out Biking Rules to map out your solo ride to the city’s car-free event of the year.

  • Swing by the T.A. tent on Park Avenue between 24th and 25th streets to learn more about starting or renewing your T.A. membership.

  • Volunteer as a bike marshal for our rides to Summer Streets or help out at our tent as we promote T.A. and celebrate this one-of-a-kind car-free event. Volunteer by emailing with your interests and availability.

  • The City also needs volunteers to make 2011 another successful year for this great tradition. Register here to become a DOT volunteer.