Broadway's "Self-Reinforcing Cycle"

In the last 2 years, New York's Broadway has given up 3.5 miles of traffic lanes and parking to bike lanes and pedestrian access, and gained a significant improvement in congestion and accident rates.

"[New York City Transportation Commissioner] Janette Sadik-Khan contends that the north-south avenues and the east-west streets work better without a large volume of conflicting traffic on Broadway. Traffic accidents have decreased, according to transportation officials. Injuries are down. Nearby avenues in Midtown are said to be less backed up. 'We are accommodating thousands of more pedestrians,' said Sadik-Khan. Sidewalks have been extended into what was street space. In some places, parking lanes have been established in the middle of the street."

Thanks to Renee Brutvan

Full Story: Pedestrian-oriented Broadway increasingly shunned by drivers

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