This year's Summer Streets dates approach
: as was done last year
, on three consecutive Saturdays, August 8, 15, and 22, Park Avenue and some connecting streets will be closed to motorized traffic from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and citizens encouraged to walk, bike, rollerblade, or whatever. Transportation Alternatives will lead "feeder rides
" to Park Avenue from Grand Army Plaza, Woodlawn, Inwood, and Astoria Park, and makers of the Dutch NY400 bikes will loan them out onsite
. Not to be outdone, Staten Island will shut down Van Duzer Street in Stapleton
between Beach and Wright Streets on the same days from noon to 8 p.m.