New York City will close at least 40 miles of streets to vehicular traffic “over the next month,” Mayor de Blasio said Monday, with an ultimate goal of up to roughly 100 miles as long as stay-at-home orders remain in effect.
With summer approaching and New Yorkers getting increasingly restless at home, the goal is to provide space for people to exercise and avoid the creation of dense crowds in parks, he said at a press conference.
The city will focus on streets “in and around our parks” and the “hardest-hit” neighborhoods — many of them low-income communities of color — de Blasio said.
The city will also expand some sidewalks, he added.
De Blasio said the plan came in agreement with Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who’d been pushing to close 75 miles of streets to vehicular traffic.
“It’s been right to say, let’s find a solution that helps open up space but absolutely keeps people safe,” Hizzoner said.