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Your Guide to Summer Streets 2013

Riding the "Helmsley curve" at Summer Streets (Image: istolethetv / Flickr)

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of summer in New York City that encourages visitors and locals alike to enjoy biking, walking and playing along the nearly seven miles of open NYC streets. Summer Streets runs for three consecutive Saturdays in August and provides space to enjoy healthy and sustainable forms of transportation. Bike and Roll New York City, NYC’s largest and premiere bike rental and bike tour company, continues its 7-year partnership with Summer Streets to provide free one-hour bike rentals to event participants. Like Summer Streets, Bike and Roll NYC is committed to promoting the healthy, fun and green lifestyle of biking in New York City.

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., participants can easily access Bike and Roll’s high-quality bikes and all necessary safety equipment at three convenient locations along the 7-mile route, which extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and connecting streets. Bike rental locations are at the Uptown rest stop (E. 51st St. and Park Ave.), the Midtown rest stop (E. 25th St. and Park Ave.), and the Foley Square rest stop (Duane and Centre Streets).

This year, Summer Streets takes places on Saturdays August 3rd, 10th and 17th. In addition to providing safe and sustainable spaces to enjoy NYC by bike and by foot, Summer Streets offers many exciting activities and exhibits. Starting at the Uptown rest stop, participants can enjoy dance, theater, and music performances, as well as The Course of Emotions, a mini-golf interactive art installation by Risa Puno. Other notable attractions on the Uptown segment include the Voice Tunnel by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. For the first time, The Park Avenue Tunnel, which runs from E. 33rd St. to E. 40th St., will be open to pedestrians to experience the interactive light and sound installation by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Click here for a complete lineup of art installations at this year's Summer Streets.

After exploring the Voice Tunnel, participants can hop off their bikes at the Midtown rest stop and enjoy delicious food samples at the Whole Foods Market City Picnic. Other fun activities at the Midtown rest stop include a Bike New York learn to ride class and fitness classes with Crunch.

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Further down the route, participants will have the opportunity to work out with CrossFit instructors on a first come, first served basis at the Astor Place rest stop (Astor Place and Lafayette Street). The REI Adventure Zone at the Soho rest stop (Spring and Lafayette Streets) features a rock-climbing wall and various product demonstrations. You’ll even have the opportunity to shower without getting wet! The final rest stop at Foley Square features a zip line, yoga classes from Shape Up NYC, treats from the Cooking Channel, salsa classes by Salsa New York and many other fun activities! Check out the complete schedule of Summer Streets activities here.

With a mix of healthy, eco-friendly activities and unique artistic endeavors, Summer Streets and Bike and Roll NYC are committed to promoting alternative forms of transportation around NYC. So get outside and enjoy the last few weekends of summer on New York’s famed streets!

Bike and Roll is celebrating 10 years as America’s leading bicycle rental and tours company, and is  committed to delivering an exceptional experience to every guest! Transportation Alternatives members get a whopping 75% off Bike and Roll rentals in the five boroughs! Rent on site or call the location of your choice ahead to reserve a bike. Click here to learn more about membership benefits, and get rolling!

Summer Streets 2013 Event Map

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