New York – Citizens of New York City are all geared up for third annual Car Free Day when the city will hand Broadway over to pedestrians and cyclists this month.
Cars will be expelled from two miles of the street on Saturday, April 21, on Broadway from Union Square to Times Square and also on St. Nicholas Ave. in Washington Heights from 181st St. to 190th St.
“We are giving the streets back to pedestrians and cyclists,” city Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.
New York officials adopted the car-free day idea from other global modern cities that mark special days to encourage travel by any other means than an automobile.
In New York, for its third Car Free Day, the city and businesses will host art exhibits, music and activities such as Double Dutch and Hula Hoop classes at Herald Square, yoga at Union Square and dance classes at Times Square.
“Give New Yorkers a place to gather and they’ll turn it into a dance floor, a science lab, an art studio, and a concert hall, all in one,” Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl said in a statement.
The car-free festivities on Broadway begin at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Car Free Day on St. Nicholas Ave. will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.