The New York City Department of Transportation announced today that New York City would for the first time expand the City’s Gridlock Alert days to this year include the week of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for September 24th to October 1st. Data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) note that travel speeds in the Midtown Central Business District on those days are slower than on the ten traditional Gridlock Alert days around the November and December holidays. De Blasio Administration officials presented a new and expanded multi-media public-awareness campaign for the six busiest weekdays of the General Assembly, sharing facts about slower travel and encouraging drivers to use other travel options, including discounted rides with Citi Bike and Via.
“The U.N. General Assembly creates some of Manhattan’s most congested days of the entire year, so we are asking drivers who can to leave their cars at home – and to walk, bike or take the train,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “These brand-new Gridlock Alert days include creative new approaches that will help us reduce traffic, frustration and stress for all New Yorkers. And with us getting the word out a week early and giving them alternatives, drivers will be better able to plan and be part of the solution.”
To encourage cycling during the General Assembly, Citi Bike is offering a 50% discount on its 3-day pass from September 24 to October 1. For the same price as a 1-day pass, individuals will be able to take unlimited 30-minute rides over a 3 day period for only $12. Additionally, Citi Bike will adding additional support for valet stations in Midtown and Bike Angel bonuses to be announced over social media in the coming days.