Last Saturday, New York City closed Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Grand Central Station to motorized traffic for the day and invited cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and inline skaters into the street. It was quite a social event. Click here to see a New York Times audio slide show of what happened.
Jay McChord, a member of Lexington’s Urban County Council, has suggested doing something similar with a street or highway in Lexington one Saturday a month during nice weather. It sounds like a great idea to me. It could make for a great family-friendly, community-building day of fun.
Click here to read this story in Sunday’s Washington Post about what other cities around the world are doing to promote bicycle commuting and lessen the burden of high gasoline prices on their citizens. Be sure to watch the video of Tokyo’s cool, high-tech bicycle parking system.