New Yorkers will be walking the walk this Earth Day…literally. Several areas around the city have been declared “Car free” for the day, including the perimeter of our own Washington Square Park. Pedestrians and bike riders will rule, as cars will be banned from Washington Square North, South, East, West and Waverly Place & West Fourth Street running from the park east
Fun fact: Did you know that over 50 years ago, Washington Square Park once had cars running through it? Now you do!
Other areas in the city are following suit; Broadway from the Flatiron Building to Union Square and Wadsworth Avenue between 173rd and 177th Streets in Washington Heights are also prohibiting four-wheel gas guzzlers.
Lyft and New York Water Taxi have also jumped on board, offering promotions and discounts.
The officials who created the event did so to reduce emissions and bring attention to the need for more investment in mass transit. (Our subways and buses are terrific as is, but why not make them better?)
Wherever you are, take a walk today and enjoy the lovely Spring weather!
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