New York City is opening 40 miles of streets to allow for greater physical distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, with a plan to expand to a total of 100 miles. The goal is for a minimum of 40 miles of streets to be opened up within the first month. The initiative will focus on creating up to 60 miles of open streets within or adjacent to parks; up to 20 miles of streets selected in consultation with community partners; up to 10 miles of streets managed by Business Improvement Districts and other civic organizations; up to 2.5 miles of widened sidewalks; and up to 10 miles of protected bicycle lanes.
No through traffic is permitted while Open Streets are in effect. Vehicle traffic is limited to local deliveries, pick-ups/ drop-offs, necessary city service vehicles, utility vehicles and emergency vehicles only. When alternate side parking regulations are in effect, drivers must move their vehicles from the street, and may return when alternate side parking is over. Drivers are advised to be extremely cautious and to drive 5 MPH or slower.
Members of the public and organizations wishing to have other New York City streets considered for the Open Streets program may fill out an online survey. The Department of Transportation, New York Police Department and others will evaluate all suggestions for viability.
The Open Streets initiative is a collaboration between the Mayor's Office, New York City Council, New York Police Department, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, Business Improvement Districts and local community organizations.
Partners involved: New York City Mayor's Office, New York City Council, New York Police Department, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Department of Transportation, Business Improvement Districts, local community organizations.