NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – At the southern end of this year’s Summer Streets festivities will be a high-flying attraction, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

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Summer Streets takes place this year on August 4, 11, and 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program bans cars from Park Avenue at 72nd Street down through Lafayette Street to the Brooklyn Bridge.

It provides those on foot with a new way to experience the city.

This year, there will be a zip line at Foley Square. The starting platform will be two-and-a-half stories in the air, and you’ll zip for 160 feet.

“You climb a series of stairs and you get to a platform. It’s about 25 feet in the air and you zip down the line and you have this great experience,” New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told Lamb at a demonstration of the system in Union Square. “It’s quite exhilarating, and there are sort of blown up balloons that sort of protect you, and people that catch you.”

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Sadik-Kahn said it will be a safe way to live on the edge.

Summer Streets also includes festivities and rest stops along the route.

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