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by Brad Aaron
(Mr Livingstone said that he wanted to create attractive, tree-lined walkways in the style of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Traffic would be diverted on to alternative routes, but shops and restaurants would still be able to receive deliveries outside peak hours.)
This sure would be nice on Broadway S. of Columbus. It would become the street that everyone who comes to Manhattan walks on.
LL – What about from 59th to at least 72nd? It disrupts Columbus and Amsterdam. After that at least it runs relatively parallel to WEA and Amsterdam as a nice 2-way commercial strip…not that it wouldn’t also be nice to pedestrianize it all the way up to Columbia University or beyond…
Heck, what about Bway between Madison and Union Squares? Granted, the retail on that block is a bit downscale and scrappy but that section of Broadway is relatively lightly trafficked by motor vehicles and not all that useful transportation-wise (except for deliveries). With two great public squares on either end, I think it has the potential to be a great pedestrian street, a lovely place to sit outside, eat lunch, people watch… a tourist destination. And let’s pedestrianize 17th St on the northern side of Union Square while we’re at it. Just let Union Square merge with Broadway.
New Haven is not a suburb. Granted, the article does not talk only about New Haven, but I felt like I had to add that. New Haven actually, according to most recent Census Data, has 1.8% of commuters travelling to work primarily by bicycle. Seeing that there is a high amount of students in New Haven who, I believe, don’t count as ‘commuters’ but overwhelming cycle rather than drive, I would suggest cycling is much more common in New Haven than in New York (as a percentage of trips made). New Haven also was where the bicycle was first patented.
“This would have the biggest improvement to the quality of the public realm and to transportation funding of anything that could be done. We need a bold, visionary elected official who is willing to step up to the plate to push for this.”
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