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New York Traffic Calming

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on June 12th, 2009

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #107, 2 June 2009, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on sustainable transport issues.

“Janette Sadik-Khan, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), spoke via video, on the remarkable improvements which have been made to New York’s streets. New Yorkers have one third of the carbon footprint of an average American, so as Sadik-Khan pointed out, if you want to do the planet a favour, move to New York City. Commuting by bicycle has already been increased by 35% between 2007 and 2008. DOT has a program for quickly and cheaply transforming streets, moving away from car-domination to ‘complete streets’.

“The improvements involve closing lanes to car traffic, painting the street and adding landscaping, and reopening the street to cycle and pedestrian traffic, all within a few weeks. Although further improvements will be undertaken, the rapid change allows people to start using the space, and see the changes as they are being made. The program has been so successful, further works are planned for Broadway Boulevard, such as the pedestrianisation of Times Square, as illustrated.”

NY Before and After

NYC Before and After

Ref: Claire Porgand, The Flyer, April 2009
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