Monday, July 14, 2008

Score one for the peds (and for the mayor)

This is great news. I hope the mayor replicates this all over the city.

5 comments:

Tater said...

We have had the bike lanes here in Chicago for quite sometime, but I like this plan much better! Having an esplanade along with the bike and pedestrian lanes, allows the idea a greater chance to work. Here, the bike lanes are painted narrowly on the street, and aren't as effective. In fact, I think it actually provides cross hairs to the cabbies who go out of their way to try and hit you as they swerve through and around traffic.

Father Tony of the Farmboyz said...

Dear Tater,
Same here in Fort L. The bike lanes are perilous. At their best, after you've been flattened by a vehicle, they will provide you with a stronger lawsuit. They are, however, a step in the right direction. Montreal provides a better example of how to do a bike lane, but even theirs could be refined and better incorporated into the priorities of the street.

bj said...

i think the Times got one small fact wrong - The city has already carved out smaller plazas in several neighborhoods. One is at the corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue - I think they mean 9th Ave and 14th (and the bike line going down 9th avenue is one of the best so far! - great for scurrying down from the eagle and back home to the lower east side....)

copp3rred said...

Creating traffic slowing (I'd use the proper term slowing but that seems to often be incorrect since drivers tend to get aggravated) portions tends to get people out of their cars. Not quite as effective as congestion pricing, but it certainly does do well. It also helps peds feel less like targets.

I'm trying this OpenID thing, see how it works.

TankMontreal said...

It seems Manhattan is starting to look a little bit like Montreal. Who'da thought?