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CAR FREE NYC? NYC tries ‘no car zone’ near Inhabitat HQ!

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On June 25, 2008 @ 4:20 pm In Green Transportation,New York City,Policy,Urban design | 3 Comments

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The beauty of living in a place like New York City is that you don’t need a car for ANYTHING. When I left California five years ago to move to NYC, I sold my car and never looked back – it was one of the most freeing moments of my life. Most New Yorkers – especially those in Manhattan – get by just fine without cars and rely on public transportation for mobility. And everyone knows that streets are more pleasant for walking, biking [2] and shopping when cars are taken off the road. So it makes perfect sense for NYC to try out a no-car zone in Manhattan [3]. Just because Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan was shot down in the spring [4] doesn’t mean we’ve called off our dreams of a traffic free future.

Even though it’s a baby step, a new summer proposal has us excited about the possibilities of moving in the direction of a car-free Manhattan. A new initiative called SUMMER STREETS [3] is an attempt to turn parts of Manhattan into a haven for pedestrians for 3 days in August.

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The best thing about this new proposal? The car-free zone runs right up Lafayette Street – headquarters of your favorite green design blog of all time (eh hem… Inhabitat of course) [5]. The route will be closed to all cars, trucks and buses from 7a.m. to 1p.m. on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of August.

The car-free route will be 6.9 miles long [3] and run from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge (and through the less well-known, but much loved Inhabitat Headquarters at Lafayette street). For those that are wondering what to do, aside from a having a healthy walk, a number of activities such as dancing, walking, yoga classes and even bike rentals will be available along the route.

It has been said that no New Yorker should ever need a vehicle to get around the city, and why should they? The city has one of the best public transport systems in the world. Although this step is a mere baby step, we’re hoping that if we all support this plan and work together to make ‘Summer Streets’ a success, perhaps we can gradually push New York, the city that never sleeps, into eventually becoming ‘The City That Never Drives.’

We’ll be reporting from car-free Inhabitat HQ [5] on Lafayette street during this event, so stayed tuned for our coverage of NYC SUMMER STREETS in August!

+ On 3 Days in August, City Will Try No-Car Zone [3]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/25/summer-streets-car-free-days-in-nyc/

[2] biking: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/22/bike-sharing-to-save-cities/

[3] no-car zone in Manhattan: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/nyregion/17closing.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion&oref=login&oref=login

[4] Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan was shot down in the spring: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/08/new-york-city-pulls-the-plug-on-traffic-pricing-plan/

[5] (eh hem… Inhabitat of course): http://www.inhabitat.com

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