Car-Free Earth Day Celebrations in New York: Here’s the Plan for Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY — For the first time in years, New York City will host car-free Earth Day celebrations in all five boroughs to encourage sustainable transportation options.

On Thursday, Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced plans for the city’s fifth annual Car-Free Earth Day, to be held on Saturday, April 23, one day after the Earth Day celebration. Earth around the world.

“Earth Day is when we can all pledge to protect our Earth — and one of the ways to do that is to reallocate our roads,” Rodriguez said. “Car-Free Earth Day is a growing tradition that brings New York’s car-free streets to life.”

The event, which was first proposed by Rodriguez when he was chairman of the city council’s transportation committee, was launched in 2016 but hasn’t taken place since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (COVID-19).

“The past two years – open streets, open restaurants, the rise of cycling and more – have made us appreciate even more how much better we need to treat Mother Earth – and a car-free day allows us to envision a more sustainable world for more than a day,” Rodriguez added.

The celebration will feature family events across all five boroughs, featuring local musicians, dancers and artists, as well as cycling programming and educational workshops on sustainable transportation.

As the name suggests, New Yorkers are encouraged to leave their cars at home and embrace cycling, walking and public transportation when traveling to and from scheduled events.

“Once again, I commend Commissioner Rodriguez for implementing this program across the city. Efforts to address traffic congestion, vehicle emissions, and the promotion of alternative modes of transportation are critical, especially on Staten Island’s North Shore and in Lower Manhattan. I hope programs like this will result in greater accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the city,” said MP Charles Fall (D-North Shore).

The Staten Island event will take place on Minthorne Street, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with musical performances by the Hungry March Band, Mambembe NY and the Dal Segño Brass Band.

A wide range of activities will be organized at the site by various city agencies, advocacy groups and cultural institutions, including: HONK NYC; Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Livingston; The Glam Gardener; Citizen lobby for the climate; DCAS Fleet Management Office; New York City Department of Planning; NYC Department of Environmental Protection and DOT Safety Education.

“I look forward to joining our neighbours, community organizations and local businesses for what I’m sure will be a wonderful day of programming and workshops on Minthorne Street,” said Councilor Kamillah Hanks ( D-North Shore).

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