Sometimes trends should be avoided at all costs (remember shoulder pads, bell-bottoms, and Uggs?), but this is one that we hope is here to stay! Eliza Bent introduced us to Bike to the Theatre night at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre in the May/June 2010 issue of American Theatre. We then got wind that Arden Theatre Company of Philadelphia was inspired to try out their own Bike to the Theatre night and it was a smashing success. Now, New York has caught on with the exciting news that City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage will jump on the biking bandwagon by offering FREE bike valet parking at all SummerStage events in East River Park this summer. Sin Hom, City Parks Foundation’s press representative, explained that the new initiative, offered in partnership with the New York non-profit Transportation Alternatives, “promises to give greater access to cyclists at our East River Park venue, provide an incentive to utilize alternative means of transportation, and promote the use of green spaces in the Lower East Side.”
The Bike Valet Parking at the East River Park shows begins on Tuesday, August 4 and will go on for 13 days of free music, dance, and theatre. The valet will allow bikers to get to the park on two-wheels without lugging around a bike lock, hunting for bike racks, or worrying about their bike being stolen. Bikers will simply leave their bike with the attendants, pick up a ticket (like a coat check), and enjoy the show!
To see the schedule for SummerStage in East River Park, visit http://www.summerstage.org/park.html?id=6.
For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all SummerStage programming, visit http://www.summerstage.org.