It's Saturday in August and New York City's Summer Streets began this morning hanging on to last years streak of low humidity and pleasant temperatures. Photos have already begun to show up on Flickr. This year we have heard little of the grumbling from business owners who believed that this event would hurt their bottom line.
New for this year is a plethora of bike sharing demos, making the trip on NJ TRANSIT or Bolt Bus worthwhile even if you don't bring your bike.
Closer to home prospects don't look good for a similar experiment in the near future. Even if the political will was there we would still need a fairy godmother to chip in the several hundred thousand dollars needed just to pay the cost for police closures.
TD Bank's Bike Philly will offer that car-free bicycling experience on September 13 and should not be missed. But perhaps the most underused resource is the weekend closure of MLK Drive.
Tying in a car-free MLK Drive with the PleaseTouch Museum and Fairmount Park's Centennial District is one possibility. Black Road connects directly with the path and Sweet Briar Cut off offers a connection to the multi use path to Centennial Park.
Staging activities, entertainment and vendors at the Disabled Rowers Boathouse parking area is another possibility, giving people who gather in the Boathouse Row and the Art Museum area a reason to take advantage of a car-free MLK Drive.