That time of the year is coming, when the city closes a big chunk of Manhattan, just enough not to bother too many motorists, and not for that long. But cynical New Yorker aside, its a good experiment in what an auto free part of the city could be like and you can have 50 or more bikes riding together without being treated like a terrorist threat.
This event is known as Summer Streets and its taking place for the next three Saturdays in August.
August 7th, 14th and 21st.
There will also be a group bike ride set to music followed by a picnic. The event is called Joy Ride!
More about this event from their site including how to register.
Joyride: Jump on your bike and experience a mid-summerâ€™s daydream. All the worldâ€™s a stage and you are on a bike to watch it. Motion, music and mingling will transform the way you see the city. Its as easy asâ€¦.well, itâ€™s as easy as riding a bike. At the end you will be served a delicious picnic from a talented chef. Meet 50 new people and who knows what will happen.
Joyride is a musical group bike ride and picnic created by theatre artist, Liz Sherman with a soundtrack designed by Duncan Bridgeman, co-creator of the double Grammy nominated film and album â€œ1 Giant Leapâ€ and soon to be released â€œWhat About Meâ€.
For each of the three Saturdays of â€œNYC Summer Streets,â€ 50 Joyriders will be both players and audience in an event that heightens fragments of ordinary city life into a virtually cinematic experience. Itâ€™s an experience both intimate and communal as the shared soundtrack sets a rhythm and mood for the journey from Foley Square to Central Park where the picnic awaits.
At itâ€™s heart Joyride is about the freedom we feel riding a bike, the deep ways that music affects us and the power of that shared experience. Joyride takes place on August 7th, 14th, & 21st.
Space is very limited. For each ride, ten spots will be reserved for those that are especially enthusiastic and write in to tell us . The other spaces are open to all first come, first served.
More on the event at their website: www.joyrideo.com