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NYC Hits Halfway Mark in Open Streets Coronavirus Initiative

After launching its Open Streets pilot program in March, NYC officials have continued to close down roadways across the City for pedestrian use. Now, the City has hit the halfway mark in opening up what will be 40 miles of vehicle-free roads by the end of May.

The milestone comes as the City shuts down vehicle traffic on 12 additional miles of road beginning May 14, more than doubling its current Open Streets footprint.

Included in the latest rollout are:

  • 7.6 miles in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx;
  • 2.8 miles adjacent to parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island; and
  • 1.3 miles in local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

You can learn more about the NYC neighborhoods, parks, and streets included in the latest Open Streets rollout here.

In addition to 12 new miles of cleared roads, the City is also launching 9.2 miles of protected bike lanes, which were previously planned. The first lane will open as of May 14 along Broadway in Manhattan, while the remaining lanes will be opened throughout the rest of the month.

NYC’s Open Streets Program Puts Pedestrians First

NYC’s Open Streets program is an initiative meant to provide additional space for local residents to bike, run, and walk while maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a move that’s welcomed by residents throughout New York City, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 crisis, and to many who are increasingly opting to walk or use bicycles in order to get around.

According to City Council and Transportation officials, roadways closed for the Open Streets project are not closed entirely. Instead, they’re closed only to motor vehicles from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily. While closed streets are blocked by barricades, emergency vehicles and motorists making deliveries or pick-ups / drop-offs may be granted access, but will only allowed to drive at 5 mph.

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As New York continues to adhere to social distancing directives, Open Streets creates much needed space for locals to stretch their wings. As many of us return to work, or continue working remotely, it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together, and that our actions have an incredible impact on flattening the curve and protecting those around us.

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