During these difficult times parks in New York City have been a lifeline for many, providing a place for relaxation and exercise and helping New Yorker’s to stay safe, happy, and healthy. However, because of the high demand for open space right now, many parks around the city have become overcrowded and pose a risk for spreading Covid 19.
In response to these overcrowding concerns, New York City has started the Open Streets initiative to close streets to cars and open them for recreation for cyclists and pedestrians. The city has pledged 100 miles of street closures in total, with the first 40 miles being rolled out in phases every week. Most of these streets will be adjacent to parks with the goal of expanding capacity to allow for adequate social distancing.
An Open Street in NYC (NYCDOT)
There are already two street closures adjacent to the Bronx River Greenway. Sections of Boston Road and Bronx Park South adjacent to River Park are closed. The city is requesting input from its residents to suggest streets to be included in the Open Streets plan. Help us get more streets adjacent to the Bronx River Greenway by filling out this survey.
Open Streets in the Bronx (NYCDOT)
Open Streets are closed to traffic from 8am to 8pm everyday unless otherwise noted. Only deliveries, drop offs/pickups, and emergency vehicles are permitted on the Open Streets and must observe a 5 mph speed limit. To read more about the Open Streets initiative and see the full list of included streets click here