Big Apple takes a bite out of streets
Over the last few years New York has undertaken a major programme of work to improve conditions for walking, cycling and public transport, by removing space from motor traffic.
Many of the hostile, 5+ lane wide, network of north-south avenues on Manhattan have been transformed, and high quality, wide cycle lanes installed. Removing capacity for motor traffic has resulted in massively reduced casualties, while the improvement to public space has, in some cases, led to improvements in the local economy.
9th Avenue's new design has resulted in:
- a 58% decrease in injuries to all street users
a 49% increase in retail sales (compared to 3% across the area)
A big part of engineering a greener, greater New York City is improving our streets so they encourage people to walk and bicycle more”Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner for Transportation