About 12 years ago, a coalition of advocates under the banner of the New York City Streets Renaissance set out to transform city transportation policy away from the car-oriented status quo and toward people-first streets.
The ideas promoted back then, like protected bikeways and carving away traffic lanes for car-free public spaces, seemed a little outlandish at the time. But many elements of that agenda have become official city policy in the years since. And yet, the vast majority of NYC streets remain dominated by private cars.
New York can be a city where everyone from young kids to seniors gets around without fear, where neighborhood streets can be places of congregation and activity instead of motorways. To become that city, we'll have to shift a lot more street space from cars to transit, biking, and walking.