Pledge to Go Car-Free for Earth Day; Plaza Bill Becomes Law

Pledge to Go Car-Free for Earth Day

Tomorrow, Friday, April 22, New York City is going car-free for Earth Day!

The effort, championed by New York City Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, encourages New York City's drivers to leave their cars at home tomorrow and choose alternate means of transportation to commute, run errands, or otherwise get about, be it by mass transit, on foot, or by bicycle.


While in many ways symbolic, the City's first car-free Earth Day is intended to spur a public conversation about how our choices affect the environment – especially our choices about transportation. Streets will be closed to automobile traffic in Manhattan on a portion of Broadway, around Washington Square Park, and along a section of Wadsworth Avenue in Washington Heights. Citi Bike rides will be free all day. Lyft will be offering discounts for its carpooling service Lyft Line. And New York Water Taxi will be serving up free all-day passes if you present a New York City Municipal ID.

Visit the Car Free NYC Facebook page for more info, and please join us in taking the car-free pledge at

Mayor de Blasio Signs Plaza Bill Into Law

Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed into law a bill passed by the City Council earlier this month that empowers the city's Department of Transportation to establish rules of conduct within the city's pedestrian plazas and on adjacent sidewalks. Rules developed by DOT for plazas will be subject to a public-hearing process, which is expected to commence within a month or two.

StreetsPAC testified in favor of the legislation at a Council hearing in March. You can read our testimony here.

Last Week's StreetsPoll Results: You're Skeptics About Big Transit Projects!

StreetsPAC supporters, it turns out, are skeptical about the bevy of big New York City transit projects in various stages of development. Last week, we asked you to tell us which among a Brooklyn-Queens streetcar, an Air Train to LaGuardia Airport, a new Penn Station or a replacement Port Authority Bus Terminal would be built first, but half of you opted for none of the above. Only time (and funding) will tell.

Congratulations to Suman Ganguli of Brooklyn, winner of this week's StreetsPAC t-shirt, and thanks to everyone who responded to the poll.
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