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Dear Gridlock Sam,
NYC has e-bikes and e-scooters. Let’s go one step further with electric carriages instead of horse-drawn carriages. Numerous cities around the globe have successfully made the transition, re-imagining a long-time tourist tradition.
We recognize the need for charging stations and required rule changes along with other challenges, but the technology and the drive exist to make it happen here in New York City. It’s a better solution and use of city streets that has resulted in additional jobs, more revenue for the drivers, and safe homes for the horses.
Susan Wagner and Elizabeth Forel
Committee for Compassionate & Responsible Tourism
Mayor Replaces Horses with Electric Carriages in Dominican Republic’s Capital City
Mayor Carolina Mejía–the first female mayor of Santo Domingo—recently unveiled a modified electric carriage that will modernize the city’s tourism industry by saving horses from exploitation.
by Anna Starostinetskaya
October 6, 2020
Last week, Santo Domingo—the capital city of the Dominican Republic—began replacing its horse-drawn carriages with electric versions in its Ciudad Colonial neighborhood, in an effort to modernize the archaic tourism attraction for the betterment of animals. Mayor Carolina Mejía—the first female mayor of Santo Domingo—led the joint effort along with the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, and the Banco Popular Dominicano.
“This beautiful project will give an air of modernity to this city, amid this historic architecture … the [electric] tour of the colonial city will be an attraction that adds value to Santo Domingo,” Mejía said during the unveiling of the new, horseless carriages in front of City Hall. The mayor plans to modify 11 horse-drawn carriages to be fully electric—which last for 31 miles when fully charged and move at a speed of 12 miles per hour—and expand them to other tourist towns. The move allows operators of horse-drawn carriages to continue working in the industry and spares horses from being exploited for tourism.