New Yorkers Ignore Mayor De Blasio's Advice To Ditch Cars

Steve Burns
August 10, 2020 - 3:46 pm
New York traffic

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New Yorkers do not appear to be taking the advice Mayor Bill de Blasio recently gave about avoiding using or purchasing vehicles.

Last week, the mayor told New Yorkers thinking about buying cars: don’t do it.

“Cars are the past,” the mayor said.

De Blasio, who has famously been chauffeured to his Park Slope gym every morning before the pandemic, says he will no longer own a car once he is out of office in 2021.

“Cars don't make sense in New York City with all the other options,” the mayor said.

However, it doesn’t seem New Yorkers are following that same school of thought.

Mark ​Schienberg, of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, says businesses suffered through a rough spring, but added “June and July have been much better.”

​Schienberg says there has been an influx of people coming in who have never owned a car before, “especially when it comes to around the five boroughs.”

News outlet The City reports new car registrations in the summer months are outpacing 2019 numbers.

It comes as the city is going through a plague of traffic violence, as described by Gridlock Sam Schwartz in his Daily News column. 

He says the past two months have been the deadliest the city has seen in around a decade.

Meanwhile, the New York City subway and MTA buses have experienced a significant drop in ridership amid the pandemic. Currently, subway ridership is around just 20% and though New York City is in Phase 4 of it’s reopening, the numbers have yet to increase. 

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