NYC’s annual Summer Streets festival is returning once again this August to turn almost 7 miles of Manhattan into a car-less haven for pedestrians. Residents, visitors and tourists alike will get a rare chance to walk the streets of the city without fear of being run down by taxi cabs or cars. The event will also offer a variety of performances, free bike rentals (and free helmets!), ziplining, health and wellness workshops, rockclimbing, water stations, art and more.

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Visitors to the event, which will take place on August 2, 9 and 16, will be able to enjoy dance performances, scale a rock wall or explore the Park Avenue Tunnel. Last year, over 250,000 people participated in the open street affair that encouraged them to ditch their cars for a pair of walking shoes.

Several art installations will also be on display throughout the run of Summer Streets. Artist Jana Winderen will transform the Park Avenue Tunnel (stretching from 33rd to 40th Streets) with her project, “Dive”. The 7-block long light and sound installation will allow visitors to experience sounds recorded from underwater environments in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

There will also be plenty of other activities hosted at six rest stops throughout the city at the following locations: Uptown Rest Stop, Park Avenue Tunnel, Midtown Rest Stop, Astor Place Rest Stop, Soho Rest Stop, and Foley Square Rest Stop.

+ Summer Streets

+ New York City Department of Transportation

Images via Summer Streets Facebook