Summer Streets, an annual street event when pedestrians and cyclists take over some streets of Manhattan began today. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of Manhattan's streets are opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. The event is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party, part art show, and a great time for walking, jogging, running, people watching, or just enjoying summer mornings. Today, thousands came out to participate even though there were periods of light rain. The event runs from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City.