365 days in each year. 24 hours in each day. Three days out of of each year for 6 hours of each of those days NYC closes a nearly 7 mile portion of its streets to cars and gives them back to people. That’s a grand total of 18 out of 8760 hours a year. Looking at the grand scheme of life that’s only a small blip on the universal time clock , but it’s a beautiful 18 hours while we have them. Judging by the thousands of happy smiling people who turned out this year, the demand easily exists for more.
NYC is an emerging cycling city- more families and kids on bikes is one indicator of this shift. The momentum and potential exists for NYC to become a true cycling city but we’ve got a long road ahead of us. Scenes like these should be normal every day all year long. In the upcoming election, we need to vote for leaders who have the vision and stamina to keep transforming our streets so that they are safer for everyone. Summer Streets may be over for this year, but the demand for safer streets is not. Let’s keep this journey rolling along for the next generation.