In the early 1990’s three and a half miles of the Grand Concourse, a major arterial roadway
in the Bronx, was closed to cars every Sunday from July through November (kind of like Bogota Colombia’s Ciclovia).
The closures provided residents with much-needed open space to bike, walk, play and develop a sense of community with neighbors.
Despite its popularity, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani killed the
program in 1996.
Last summer, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion and Transportation Alternatives revived Car-Free Sunday’s on a trial basis. This year, the program is back again for five or six Sunday’s between June and October as a part of Bronx On The Move, a series of family fitness events.
Check out the StreetFilm from last year’s Car-Free Sunday on the Grand Concourse: