On World Car Free Day, motorists are urged to forgo using their vehicles for the day.
It’s an excellent idea, according to transportation experts, especially given it’s a Gridlock Alert Day.
All New Yorkers are being urged by city officials and the MTA to leave their cars at home and take the trains instead.
The objectives are to minimize energy use, clean the air, and relieve traffic congestion.
The push also coincides with Climate Week. Although the governors of New York and New Jersey continue to disagree on congestion pricing, they looked to be on the same page on Wednesday regarding their commitment to tackling climate change.
Governor Kathy Hochul declared, “There is an urgency that we must all feel in our hearts.
Additionally, it coincides with a day of gridlock, which results in delays, traffic closures, and temporary frozen zones as the UN General Assembly convenes in Manhattan.
We traveled from Nassau County to 53rd Street and Madison in two hours, which is absurd, according to Uniondale resident Celly Melendez.
According to the police, 42nd Street to 57th Street and First Avenue to Fifth Avenue are the most affected blocks.
According to DOT traffic statistics, Midtown’s average vehicle speeds are often between six and seven miles per hour. The slowest of the year, they are fewer than five miles per hour this week.
One driver called Carlos exclaimed, “So crazy! I’m so tired of going around and around and not finding my way out.”
Although the city may prefer that you leave your car at home, alternate side parking is still in place. You will be fined $65 if you don’t move your car.