Bedford Avenue to Go Car-Free Four Saturdays This Summer

Brooklynites fretting that their borough would be excluded from this summer's car-free fun can rest easy. For four consecutive Saturdays beginning on July 19, Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg will be closed to cars from Metropolitan Avenue to North Ninth Street from noon to 7 p.m.

"Williamsburg Walks" is spearheaded by Billburg.com in association with neighborhood merchants and residents, Transportation Alternatives and DOT (though it's not officially part of the Summer Streets rollout). As organizers are taking pains to point out, the event is not a street fair -- no scheduled events, no tents, no tube socks -- but an opportunity for locals to enjoy public space free of auto traffic. Said coordinator Connie Colvin to the Brooklyn Paper:

“It’s really an experiment of letting the community take over the streets ... People can sit out in the street and do whatever they’d like. We expect for it to be a reflection of the area and the community — the artistic community, the Polish community, the Latino community.”

Thanks to streetsblog.org for the info

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