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Continue DOT programs that open up City streets for public recreation

Each year, the City opens up streets across the five boroughs to pedestrians and cyclists. These programs include:

  • Summer Streets: an annual celebration during which nearly seven miles of Manhattan streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park are opened on three consecutive summer Saturdays for people to play, run, walk, and bike;
  • Weekend Walks: a series of  multi-block neighborhood events across the five boroughs during which, at the request of the community, commercial streets are temporarily closed to vehicles and opened to walking and other activities; and, 
  • Car-Free NYC: an annual Earth Day celebration that opens City streets for recreation, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets.

Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative

6.1.4

Related OneNYC Initiative

3.6.5

Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)

Status

Update Description

DOT will continue Summer Streets, Weekend Walks, Car-Free NYC, and One-Day Plazas. 

Ongoing

Summer Streets 2017 was a huge success, with over 273,000 attendees. There were 55 Weekend Walks events in 2017, providing over 115 days of car free events on city streets in all five boroughs. DOT hosted a Car-Free NYC event on Earth Day, April 22nd, and helped stage nine One-Day Plazas in 2017. DOT will continue this programing  in 2018.

Medium-Term Milestones (by end of 2021)

Status

Update Description

DOT will continue Summer Streets, Weekend Walks, Car-Free NYC, and One-Day Plazas.