Sadik-Khan Announces Summer Streets 2012

Commissioner Sadik-Khan at Union Square this morning. Photo: NYC DOT

Summer Streets will return this August.

NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced dates for the fifth iteration of the city’s premier car-free event. Seven miles of Manhattan streets, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, will be open to pedestrians from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 4, 11 and 18.

“For three Saturdays this August, the streets belong to all New Yorkers, and everyone’s invited,” said Sadik-Khan, speaking at Union Square this morning. Summer Streets 2012 will feature a 160-foot-long zip line, a 25-foot climbing wall, football (the NFL is a sponsor this year, via the league’s “Play 60″ youth fitness campaign) and “other sports-themed activities.” Bike New York will be on hand to provide bike-riding lessons.

Weekend Walks will also take place in 19 neighborhoods throughout the summer.