26 February 2009

Bloomberg Closing Part of Broadway to Cars

Traffic management does not mean ever-widening streets:
...Although it seems counterintuitive, officials believe the move will actually improve the overall flow of traffic, because the diagonal path of Broadway tends to disrupt traffic where it intersects with other streets.
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The plan is the latest move by Mr. Bloomberg to change the way the city thinks of its streets, making them more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists and chipping away at the dominance of the automobile....

9 comments:

Radarman said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, NYC's Commissioner of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan is the best combination of politician and theorist in the business. She should have been named to Secretary of Transportation instead of Ray LaHood.

CityKin said...

"Since becoming Commissioner, she has embarked on an aggressive agenda to improve air quality, mobility, and public space, and reach a state of good repair on all of the Department's facilities....

Recognizing that transportation in New York City is as much about quality of life as it is about getting from points A to B, the Commissioner has looked to cities around the world for inspiration and initiated the development of a public realm strategy."

5chw4r7z said...

I keep wondering how cool downtown would be if 5th and Vine around Fountain Square were closed to traffic on Sundays.
Let restaurants expand there out patios out farther, street vendors, a mini street fair every Sunday.

5chw4r7z said...

Oh, by the way, office mates were wondering how the streetcar would impact traffic, my response, lets put people in front of cars as a priority for once.

CityKin said...

I generally am against completely closing streets to any mode of transport, including cars. However cars must learn to share better.

VisuaLingual said...

Memorial Dr. in Cambridge is closed to cars on Sunday mornings, which is quite nice.

Dave said...

An interesting approach in NYC since the state legislature last year killed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ease Manhattan's gridlock by charging weekday motorists $8.

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