The Environmental Impacts of Transportation Author: Jean-Paul Rodrigue Transportation systems, from infrastructures to vehicle operations, have environmental impacts ranging from noise, the emission of pollutants to climate change. From one side, transportation activities support increasing mobility demands for passengers and freight, while on the other, transport activities are associated with growing levels of environmental externalities.
Launched for the first time inCar Free Day will open two miles of streets to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only -- including Broadway from Union Square to Times Square and along St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights. The abundance of fun and educational programming along the way is sure to remind everyone how important sustainability and the environment is to transportation, and our city as a whole.
Car Free Day helps us reimagine how we use our streets, commute, and reduce our carbon footprint by shutting down vehicular traffic on Broadway and St. I invite all New Yorkers to be part of this initiative to celebrate Earth Day by not driving personal vehicles that day, and think of ways we can do our part to save the planet.
We have witnessed the real impacts of climate change through natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Maria, Super Storm Sandy, snow storms, and earthquakes, among others. A range of sponsors and other partners are expected to join the effort this year, including Citi Bike, which will offer free one-day passes.
To underscore the role motorists can play on Earth Day and every day in New York to make it more sustainable, participants are expected to highlight the positive environmental effect of freeing up streets and promoting alternative modes of transportation, such as mass transit and cycling.
Areas closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, April 21st will be: Broadway, from Union Square to Times Square from 9 am to 3 pm: Union Square will feature dance, yoga, and fitness classes on the hour as well as Historical and sustainability programming At Flatiron, participants can find bike programming sponsored by Citi Bike, Bike NY, and We Bike NYC along with other outdoor recreation and environmental programming.
Fitness activities include free rollerblade rentals, and activations from Movement Creative Parkour.
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A public art installation, Broadway Bouquet, designed by Terrain Work is a 36 foot bouquet of flowers that will provide a living, breathing garden in the middle of one of the busiest spaces in the world!
City Agencies will have education and information tents set up in the area as well. Herald Square will feature a Double Dutch performance and class, a Hula Hoop class, a Sport Salsa dance class, and various fitness classes including cardio, dance fitness, boot camp, and Iron Strength.
Music performances will also be featured every hour on the hour. There will be also be an environmental public art installation by Isabelle Garbani — who will make knitted planters and sculptures from recycled objects In Times Square, Loudest Yeller will provide free bike tours, and Project Dance will hold an all-day dance festival.
Various musical performances will also happen every hour, on the hour, in the Times Square Plaza. Individuals can visit http: Nicholas Avenue from st Street to th Street from 10 am to 4 pm: Nicholas Avenue will be similarly open for the public to enjoy activities provided by the Washington Heights Business Improvement District.
FDNY will bring a fire truck to st Street that participants can takes turns going inside. The main performance stage in front of Lucky 7, between nd and rd Street, will feature local and international acts.
Kicking off the day with Dance project Washington Heights, followed by Jazz Power and other culturally rich acts. From 2pm on, the stage will be filled with acts such as Roy Tavares, J Aguabuena, and closing out the day will be Dominican merengue singer, Rubby Perez.
Dance the day away with La Mega and their zumba classes at th St. Reimagine NYC streets, and relax in the pedestrian Plaza, while enjoying some of our dance or Brazilian Drumming workshops.
Take a tour of the BioBus and let your inner scientist come out. Enjoy robotics shows by local schools, or follow the march of Brazilian Drum Band Fogo Azul as they parade through the day.
Local elected officials and city agencies will also join to provide details on accessing opportunities. Uptown, will offer the culture and magic you have come to expect from Washington Heights.
And for just one day, we will reimagine the community, as a car free community. This is another step forward that encourages our people to consider other transportation alternatives that are safe for our planet earth.
I commend Councilmember Rodriguez for extending this initiative to Northern Manhattan. It helps foster a greener, safer and more sustainable New York City. This occasion particularly resonates with my Southeast Queens constituents who routinely endure climate change induced flood damage from elevated levels of precipitation.
So, I want to applaud Department of Transportation Commissioner Trottenberg and my colleague Council Member Rodriguez for their ongoing commitment towards promoting the benefits of a greener and more sustainable New York City. As streets are opened up to pedestrians and cyclists across my district and others, I commend the Department of Transportation and Council Member Rodriguez for advocating for environmentally friendly transportation.
We will enjoy spending time on the street and our waterfront, while promoting sustainable habits and community togetherness.Investments in diverse public transportation options, including light rail, cleaner buses, and high speed trains Funds for the development and deployment of clean energy technologies Cleaning up.
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