Last year, the city hosted its first "car-free" Earth Day, implementing four car-free zones in Manhattan in a symbolic effort to cut down on car-sourced carbon emissions. It appears no road-thirsty drivers murdered any city officials over this very brief and limited cessation, so the city is doing it again this year—BUT BIGGER.
This Earth Day (April 22nd), Broadway will be gifted with 30 car-free blocks stretching from Union Square to Times Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; sections of St. Nicholas Avenue in Upper Manhattan, Montague Street in Brooklyn, Eagle Avenue in the Bronx, and Shore Boulevard and Woodside Avenue in Queens will also be car-free, according to Streetsblog.
— Chelsea Skye (@pekochel) April 3, 2017
The street closures have been spearheaded by City Council transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez, who also proposed last year's Earth Day effort. "I truly believe this year will help to push us forward in lowering the number of cars that travel on our streets, the number of New Yorker's that own a car versus use car share services or biking services, and improving the overall quality of life for every resident, tourist, and person that steps foot in the City!" Rodriguez wrote in a letter to constituents this week.
Rodriguez said in a statement:
Car Free Day is about encouraging New Yorkers to leave the car at home for a day and celebrating the potential of open streets. We've seen countries around the world take this initiative to great heights and New York should be no different. If we're going to craft a sustainable future for our city and our planet, cars will not be the answer and Earth Day is the best opportunity to make this point clear.
The DOT has not responded to request for comment.