Envisioning NYC’s Next Streets Revolution

On a Manhattan avenue where transit and high-occupancy vehicles take precedence and the curb is reserved for deliveries, large amounts of street space can be claimed for walking and biking. Image: Street Plans Collaborative

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.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Cuomo Appoints MTA Chair, Denies Responsibility for MTA (NYTPost)
  • Get Your Wall to Wall Lhota Coverage: WNYCAMNY; NY1; News; Post 12
  • Cuomo’s MTA: Riders Willing to Risk Death Just to Get to Work (Post)
  • Voice: Peralta Sabotaged His Speed Camera Bill by Caucusing With GOP; Advance: Whew!
  • Cuomo Plan to Get More New Yorkers Driving This Summer Already Paying Off (DNA)
  • NYPD Turns Down Invite to Discuss Preventing Midtown Cyclist Deaths (DNA, Gothamist)
  • Voice Covers Ydanis Rodriguez Bid to Expand Citi Bike Citywide
  • Caroline Samponaro Talks to Bklyn Paper About 88th Precinct Bike Buffer Removal
  • Families for Safe Streets Now Has a New Jersey Chapter (MTR)
  • Motorist Maims Queens Food Vendor, Leaves Scene — No Charges Filed (NewsAMNY)
  • What State Senators Were Doing While Not Protecting New Yorkers From Reckless Drivers (NYT)

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Today’s Headlines

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  • State Legislators Approve Bill to Expand NYC Speed Camera Program (Post)
  • Cuomo’s Hail Mary Pick for MTA Chief: Part-Timer Joe Lhota (NYT, Politico, NewsAMNY)
  • MTA Board Meetings Are Getting Feistier Than Usual (PoliticoPost, DNAAMNY, WNYC)
  • Gov’s Latest Ploy to Duck Responsibility for His Transit System Is Fooling No One (Voice, DNA)
  • Who Will Pay for LIRR Penn Station Contingency Plan? (Gothamist)
  • MTA Pledges Access-A-Ride Improvements (AMNY)
  • Nine Out of 10 Arrested for Turnstile-Jumping Are People of Color (DNA)
  • Windsor Terrace Locals Move Heaven and Earth to Get Buffered Bike Lanes Out of DOT (Bklyner)
  • Dept of Transformation Shows How the Law Should Treat Cycling at T-Intersections (Gothamist)
  • Prospect Heights Ice Cream Shop Wants Curbside Seating, and NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez Sees a Scandal

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