Every summer in NYC we have whats called Summer Streets. Usually its three different Saturdays in August from 7am – 1pm. Miles and miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park are closed off to cars and open to pedestrians only. It’s pretty neat to walk down the normally very busy street of vehicles on Park avenue and have it be filled with people instead. The first year Mr. Dr. and I saw this we were so confused about what was going on. Bikers, rollerbladers, runners, scooters and the like just cruising on down the avenue. We asked people what parade was going on and they looked at us funny. Newbies they probably thought. Well they were right. We had no clue what was happening but now that we are 5 year veterans, we got the scoop.
Look, even preggo people take part in Summer Streets (bottom right corner of above pic). Very preggo people…that woman looks like she is about to pop. Good thing there would have been a doctor close by if she went into premature labor ;). So overall I think Summer Streets is a good time, a fun change up to the norm and its pretty pleasant for the MOST part. On a beautiful day, it’s even better. But Summer Streets as nice as it is, is also what I like to call “inexperienced bikers day.” It seems popular for locals (I can’t even really blame this one on the tourists) to rent bikes and meander on down leisurely from north to south even if they don’t have the slightest clue how to ride a bike. I mean, its not that hard. Come on folks. You shouldn’t be zig zagging down the road losing all control while in a crunched position over some plastic and two wheels. Not to mention the fact that these select bikers bring a whole new meaning to the term graceful. And by graceful I actually mean quite the opposite. Now that I think about it, the most graceful looking riders were those that had their kid in a baby seat attached to the back. That’s reassuring at least. I still don’t get that though. Do you want your kid staring at your butt the entire ride? They should put all the kid seats in the front. Duh. Although I am sure that is breaking some kind of safety law so as long as the kid is safe, I guess it’s OK for your child to be staring at your flexing gluteus maximus (see I did learn a thing or two in med school).
I used to think if I was going to get hit by a biker in NYC it would be by the little mexican/asian delivery guys that dart around the city on their bikes hopping from one apartment to the next to get hungry people their meal. But now I think it might be on a Saturday in August at the next Summer Streets. Jeesh. I’m not kidding. They even have signs directing bikers and pedestrians into different parts of the street. But don’t worry. Those hoodlums could care less about signage. At least the one girl in the pic listened.
Inexperienced (typically highly unathletic looking) bikers are a force to be reckoned with. Keep that in mind the next time you get on a bike and its been a while please. And if you do wish to partake in Summer Streets in the near future, please take a bike riding class if its been a while. Remember there are sweet, innocent pedestrians like myself who just want to enjoy a leisure, injury-free stroll down the middle of a street when it’s allowed.