NYC Open Streets: More than 100 streets will be closed to cars
“Earth Day is a time when we can all pledge to protect our Earth – and one of the ways to do that is to reallocate our roads,” Transportation Department Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said, according to the press release.
“Car-Free Earth Day is a growing tradition that brings New York’s car-free streets to life,” Rodriguez said.
During the celebration, the usually bustling streets will be used for a variety of public programs incorporating music, dance, art, cycling and education, according to the transportation department. Twenty-two public places and more than 1,000 miles of cycling network will be accessible.
“When we open the streets to pedestrians and cyclists, they become community spaces for our neighborhoods and a boon to our local small businesses,” said New York City Public Attorney Jumaane D. Williams, according to the new communicated.
“I am happy that this program has already been so successful, and I hope this initiative will grow to include more places, especially in our outlying boroughs.”