For 6 Hours, Traffic Was Silenced on Broadway

NYC bans vehicles from 2-mile stretch of iconic street ahead of Earth Day
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2018 8:03 AM CDT
In this Thursday, May 25, 2017, photo, a pedestrian walks on the pedestrian mall in New York's Times Square as traffic makes it's way down Seventh Avenue.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – In a nod to Earth Day, New York City shut down two miles of perhaps its most iconic street, Broadway, for six hours on Saturday. In place of honking cabs and fumes were pedestrians, anything on two wheels, artistic performances, fitness classes, craft workshops, vendors, free rollerblade rentals, and educational activities dedicated to all things green. In addition, bike-sharing program Citi Bike offered free passes. "We've been waiting for spring and I looked at the weather, so I started looking up things to do and found out that Citi Bike was free today," one woman tells the AP. "So I rode down from the Upper East Side, at least seven miles." The closure lasted from 9am to 3pm, notes ABC7.

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