How Can New York Make its Streets More Livable?

After a decade of livable street gains under Mayor Bloomberg, staff members at NYC's most respected alternative transportation advocacy group share their visions for what changes will take place over the next four years on the city's streets.

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September 18, 2013, 2:00 PM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


Under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his transportation and planning commissioners Janette Sadik-Khan and Amanda Burden, and with the help of advocates like Transportation Alternatives, New York City has made great strides in improving bicycle, pedestrian, and transit mobility. But as the Bloomberg reign come to a close, what can city residents expect on the horizon? Not to worry, say the editors of T.A.'s magazine Reclaim, the next mayor won't roll back the popular programs initiated over the last decade.

"Sure, there’ll be fights and disagreements and battles over specifics, but the new direction of New York City—the one where road space is slightly more rationally proportioned and speeding up car traffic isn’t the be-all and end-all justification for everything transportation-related—is here to stay."  

From data-driven traffic enforcement to slower speed limits and a citywide goal of zero deaths and serious injuries in traffic, T.A.'s staff share their personal visions for what's next on New York City's streets.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Reclaim

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