earth day 2016 nycThree sections of Manhattan will be car-free zones on Earth Day 2016, April 22, as part of an initiative called “Car Free NYC”. The car-free zones will be along Broadway between the Flatiron Building and Union Square, the streets surrounding Washington Square Park, and along Wadsworth Avenue between 173rd and 177th Streets in Washington Heights.

The Upper Manhattan car-free zone is represented by Ydanis Rodriguez, the City Council Transportation Committee Chair.

Earth Day 2016 falls on a Friday this year.

In addition, NYC agencies and many businesses, schools, and hospitals will encourage employees to leave their cars at home on Earth Day 2016, offering promotions and discounts for people who don’t drive to work, taking public transportation instead.  Participants include Columbia University, Fed Ex, and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

City employees with placards that entitle them to park on the street for free will be encouraged to give up the free parking perk, even just for one day, and bike to work or take public transportation instead.

Earth Day NYC freebies

Citi Bike and Water Taxi NYC  will offer free 24-hour passes on April 22.

More information about freebies, promotions and events can be found on the Car Free NYC Facebook page.

Car-free days helps raise awareness of  the benefits of going car-free, with fewer emissions, less stress and greater ease of mobility for all street users.

NYC also has a popular car-free Summer Streets program each August, when Park Avenue South and Park Avenue are closed to vehicles between the Brooklyn Bridge and Midtown.

New York City’s car-free Earth Day push won’t be as big as the one in Paris, where private cars were banned in about a one-third of the city, this first car-free NYC Earth Day promotion is a first step that can expand on future Earth Days.

image courtesy Car Free NYC