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NYC Going Car Free for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, a large portion of Broadway in Manhattan on April 21, CBSNewYork, reports. It will be the city’s third annual Car Free Day.

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Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the transportation committee made the announcement at kick-off event, but had to apologizes to the waiting crowd as he arrived about 30 minutes late. His delay in getting to news conference was because he was stuck on an A train that stopped due to smoke conditions at 125th Street, according to a WCBS 880 report.

Despite getting stuck on a train, Rodriguez believes it’s worth it for commuters to get where they are going via subway, bus or ferry on the Saturday before Earth Day.

City officials are working to crate five rest stops along the route, which comprises Times Square, Herald Square, Garment District, Flatiron District and Union Square, according to AMNewYorks’s Lauren Cook. The officials hope to draw pedestrians to these stops with Earth Day-themed activities.

Meanwhile, Council Speaker Johnson sees Car Free Day as an opportunity to move the conversation towards a mass transit investment.

“As we work toward a future with lower emissions and improved public transportation, it becomes increasingly clear that reducing the number of cars on our streets is one of the most important factors in this battle,” Johnson said in a statement. “To have more people take the subway, if it’s working, to have more people use Citi Bike, which I know will work.”

Brooklyn Councilman Carlos Menchaca is a proud non-car owner and hopes Car Free Day and similar events will help convince people to find alternate ways to get around the city.

“Imagine a day in New York City where we do not have any cars on the streets that are owned by private citizens, where we can walk to work and breathe,” he said.

According to Johnson, 30,000 more people took the subway on Car Free Day last year.

“We saw 15 more Citi Bike trips per Citi Bike docking station,” said Johnson, a supporter of the the controversial congestion pricing plan. “The motto goes, ‘Pedestrians first, cyclists second, vehicles last.’”

“We are lucky to live in such a walkable city filled with history, art and beautiful views everywhere we go,” Rodriguez added. “It is in all of our interests to ensure this event is greater every year. Our planet depends on it.”

Broadway will be closed to vehicles from Times Square to Union Square in Manhattan.

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