Mayor Eric Adams took part in Car Free Earth Day Saturday to announce a large investment in making city streets safer for bicyclists.
New York City drivers were encouraged to exchange their cars for bikes Saturday for Car Free Earth Day.
Adams took a bike ride to Brooklyn before taking to the podium. He announced a $904 million investment over the next five years to go toward building what he called "critical infrastructure.” The plan includes expanding the mileage of bikeways, implementing dedicated bus lanes and bikeways, reforming street parking and reducing the number of dangerous vehicle drivers in the city.
Adams promised that he would work to improve street safety around every borough.
“Far too many people are not biking because they don’t feel safe….too many New Yorkers have lost their lives, and we’re committed to stopping this increase,” Adams says.
Climate change discussions and community-based performances were planned in each borough through the rest of the afternoon.
To help make the citywide bike ride possible, Citi Bike offered free one-day passes to new riders Saturday. Riders could use the code "car free 22" in the Citi Bike app to get unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours.