Summer Streets 2013: Families and Kids

 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.

Summer Streets 2013

Completely unaware of who the man in the blue smock is.

Summer Streets 2013

Cockpit passenger enjoys his in-bike drink.

Summer Streets 2013

Completely comfortable.

Summer Streets 2013

The family that rides together stays together.

Summer Streets 2013

Content while Mom chats.

Summer Streets 2013

Much cuter than a car.

Summer Streets 2013

Taking back the streets.

Summer Streets 2013

Safe enough for a conversation.

Summer Streets 2013

If this isn’t freedom, what is?

Summer Streets 2013

He sees bikes in his future. Thanks Mom and Dad.

Summer Streets 2013

Don’t have a bike? Borrow one for today, get your portrait taken by Dmitry and buy a new bike tomorrow.


About bikepeacenyc

Just another NYer who is happier when on a bike. Gezellig fietsen. Advocate for Liveable Complete Streets.
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One Response to Summer Streets 2013: Families and Kids

  1. Koen says:

    Oooh!!! I see kids being taken on the back of mom’s or dad’s bike. We in The Netherlands do this as well. BUT: there is an awful risk of getting their little heels or feet caught in the spokes of the rear wheel. For that reason foot rests combined with skirt guards could be a solution, if you don’t have a child seat. Dutch bikes usually have ‘skirt guards’ fitted standard. Even men’s bikes. They’re just cheap sheets of hard plastic that clip onto the mudguards. It makes me cringe to see the kids siting like this, while it could otherwise be just great fun.

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