September, 12th 2012 11:45:22 / by Karine Langenes
In big cities all over the world cars are often used as transportation. It is also a normal sight to see five-seat cars with only one person in it. This is not good for the environment, but that’s not the only disadvantage, the traffic lines in the cities in the mornings and afternoons can sometimes be brutal!
In New York City the Department of Transportation (DOT) arranged something called Summer Streets. With this project they celebrated the valuable public spaces of NYC, namely the streets. Three Saturdays during the summer people could use almost twelve kilometres of the streets for biking, playing, walking and much more. This was an initiative to encourage the people of NYC to use other means of transportation. The project was very popular, this year more then 250.000 people attended the Summer Streets.
The summer streets took place in the mornings from 7:00am to 1:00pm for people to enjoy the summer mornings, to go for a bike or walking tour and for people to open their eyes to outdoor exercise. The route went all the way from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.
This free of charge event was designed for people in all age ranges and ability levels. DOT has already started the planning of next years Summer Streets. Maybe this kind of project can be something for your city as well?