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NYC Officials Announces City Car-Free Initiative For Earth Day

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- New York City officials unveiled a plan to have fewer cars on the streets on Earth Day.

City Council's Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez announced the initiative Wednesday at the NYU Kimmel Center Wednesday morning.

A coalition of organizations and companies will present pledges in support of #CarFreeNYC that will include commitments not to drive and discounts on transportation services. 

There will be a number of programs and initiatives on Earth Day, as well as several street closures, including Broadway in the Flatiron District, Wadsworth Avenue in Washington Heights and the streets around Washington Square Park, 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reported. 

"While Robert Moses may turn in his grave, we want to celebrate all this movement stands for and we think this symbolic gesture will help," Rodriguez said.

Advocates are asking people to pledge to take mass transit or walk on Earth Day, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported. They concede the car-free movement will start slowly, but they see it gaining traction in the future.

Other major cities, including Paris, have had similar programs.

Earth Day is April 22.

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