Bring Back Open Streets And Bicycling To The Grand Concourse

Courtesy Transportation Alternatives

Tomorrow, Wednesday February 12th at the Bronx Museum of the Arts there will be a community meeting at 6:30PM to discuss the possibility of closing a stretch of the Grand Concourse from 165th Street to 167th Street for three Sundays this August in an attempt to revive a smaller version of a beloved Bronx tradition: Boogie On the Boulevard.

Boogie On the Boulevard was started by former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer in 1991 and ran from July through November. The center lanes of the Concourse were shut down on Sundays to vehicular traffic to allow biking and residents to gather along a stretch of the famed roadway for over 3 miles.

Sadly, the popular tradition was ended by former Mayor Giuliani in 1996.

Transportation Alternatives, along with community activists, is looking to restart the tradition and hopefully if it all works out well eventually expand as time progresses.

So far they’ve succeeded in garnering over 1,400 petition signatures (PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION) as well as broad community support.

According to an article in the Daily News, “If approved by the 44th Precinct this month, the event would close down Grand Concourse’s center lanes between 165th St. and 167th St. for interactive art exhibits, fitness classes and live music on Aug. 3, 10 and 17.”

Would you like to see this become a reality once again?

Here’s what you can do:

SIGN the petition and share it with your family, friends, and networks.

Attend tomorrow’s meeting at the Bronx Museum (Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30PM) located at 1040 Grand Concourse at East 165th Street. (Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month)

—Share this article with your friends, family and networks as well!

Be involved in your community so that we can all continue to make the Bronx a better place.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.