I wrote earlier about Mayor Bloomberg’s desire to reclaim parts of Manhattan for pedestrians. Starting today, and for the next two Saturday mornings, almost seven miles of Manhattan’s streets — from the Brooklyn Bridge to the middle of Central Park will be closed to automotive traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as part of the “Summer Streets” program. The motto of “Summer Streets” is “Play. Run. Walk. Bike Breathe.” The route runs up from City Hall, Lafayette to Fourth Avenue, then up Lexington, up Park Avenue after Grand Central Station, and finally across 72nd Street to the park.

According to the publicity materials for “Summer Streets”:

This event takes a valuable public space – our City’s streets – and
opens them up to people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer
Streets provides more space for healthy recreation and is a part of
NYC’s greening initiative by encouraging New Yorkers to use more
sustainable forms of transportation.

Modeled on other events from around the world including Bogot