Monday, May 25, 2009

CAR FREE TIMES SQUARE IN NEW YORK !

New York City's iconic Times Square is getting a major makeover, with city officials banning cars from stretches of Broadway.
Vehicles are being barred between 42nd and 47th streets at Times Square and 33rd and 35th Streets at Herald Square.
City officials say the move will reduce pollution and pedestrian accidents and ease traffic flow in the area known as "crossroads of the world".
Pedestrian plazas will provide shoppers and tourists with a place to relax.
Barriers along parts of Broadway were put in place late on Sunday, with official celebrations of the new car-free area planned for Monday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the makeover of the New York City's landmark - notorious for its traffic jams - will hand the place to pedestrians.
"It's good for traffic, it's good for businesses and we think it is going to be great deal of fun," city transport commissioner Janet Sadik-Khan said last week.
BBC NEWS REPORT.

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