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How To Get Around on Car-Free Day, for Free

 Much of Manhattan will see its streets closed to car traffic on Saturday in honor of Earth Day.
Much of Manhattan will see its streets closed to car traffic on Saturday in honor of Earth Day.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Whether you're ditching your car on Saturday or simply want to get around, Citibike and Uber are offering free deals for New Yorkers to get around on Car Free Day NYC. 

The #CarFreeDayNYC initiative, launched last year with the goal of reducing car use on Earth Day, is taking place on Saturday, April 22.

Streets will be closed down to vehicular traffic all day in Northern Manhattan, including along St. Nicholas Avenue between 181st and 190th Streets, as well as on Broadway from Times Square through the Garment District, Herald Square, Flatiron and Union Square Plaza.

Citibike is offering free day passes and as well as other promotions along the routes in Manhattan on Broadway at East 17th Street, East 22nd Street and West 32nd Street.

Meanwhile, Uber is joining the Car Free Day NYC and Earth Day celebrations on Saturday by offering New Yorkers a free carpool ride — available to first-time uberPOOL users — that allows riders to share a free ride with others within the five boroughs.

The offer is a way of “encouraging New Yorkers who ride solo to choose alternative means of moving around the city,” according to a company release.

Danielle Filson, spokeswoman for Uber, said passengers can coordinate their rides using the "CarFreeNYC17" code as an uberPOOL, enter their destination and the route optimization will pick a way that “makes sense to the driver.”