DOT Rolls Out “Sustainable Streets” Plan

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The DOT today released its "Sustainable Streets" plan, an outline for bringing "a green approach" to transportation in the city by implementing safer, more equitable "world class streets policies." Of course state lawmakers took away the most powerful tool in the box by rejecting congestion pricing, so the agency is out of necessity focusing on measures within the city’s control, like Bus Rapid Transit, bike lanes and installation of public plazas.

The report may be downloaded from the DOT web site. The "Benchmarks" section contains itemized lists of short- and long-term goals, including a couple of tantalizing bits about weekend bike-ped corridors and reducing car use in city parks.

Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will preview the plan tonight at an invitation-only event. More details soon.

  • Josh

    I glanced at the report on the DOT website and it looks very pretty, which makes me wonder – is there any way to obtain a print copy of it?

  • drose

    Glancing at the benchmarks, most of them either require funding, legislative approval, or both. Looks more like a wish list than plans that will get done.

    Also, Hilary won’t be happy that this plan calls for trucks on the Grand Central, Henry Hudson and Belt Parkway.

  • Spud Spudly

    It is a nice wish list though, and just the diagram above is enough to make me smile. I do however remain skeptical about devoting so much street space to bicycles which very few people are going to use all winter or on a day like this (yeah, I know, everybody here biked in today). But even unused bike lanes are open space that isn’t filled by cars.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (I do however remain skeptical about devoting so much street space to bicycles which very few people are going to use all winter or on a day like this)

    The question is whether you build capacity in advance of demand in order to induce it. Clearly a lot of the potential bicycle transportation demand is inhibited by the fear of riding in traffic, and would be attracted by enough separated lanes.

    For peds, there is no shortage of demand.

  • Davis

    Two tiny little strips of lane on the chart above are “so much space to bicycles?” Are you serious?

  • Spud Spudly

    I don’t think a lime green bike lane is going to induce demand to bike in the winter or on a day like this, but like I said, at least the space won’t be occupied by cars.

  • Spud, you’re right that only a few will bike on a day like today–I certainly didn’t–but plenty of folks bicycle through the coldest months of winter. I think you have stated that you bicycle on occasion, so you probably are aware that with many, regular bicycling leads to a strong desire to bicycle regularly regardless of the weather. Providing the infrastructure that gets people bicycling in the first place will induce demand that stands up against most weather.

  • I’ll be there tonight. Any other Streetsbloggers attending?

  • vnm

    New York Winters will be a thing of the past once we’ve sufficiently warmed the planet

  • Mun

    That would sure be nice: “measures within the city’s control, like Bus Rapid Transit.”
    But the city doesnt control a big part of BRT including: vehicles, (real time) passenger information, fare collection, enforcement cameras, frequency and regularity of service etc. The city controls signals, physical right of way and stops.

  • Spud Spudly

    I do bring my Specialized out now and then, B.O. (you don’t mind if I call you B.O., do you?). And maybe you and LL are right that the infrastructure will induce the demand. I guess we’ll find out soon, right?

    And Davis, I wasn’t referring to the diagram above when I said that — in fact, I didn’t even notice the bike lanes until you mentioned them. I was talking about the sample street diagrams in the DOT’s pdf files from their Web site.

  • Spud Spudly

    Hey, B.O. I just clicked on your “few” link. Kind of strange that the Prius in the background looks just like a NYCDOT staff car, eh? Right down to the antenna sticking up in the air.

  • Spud Spudly

    And I’m sorry to triple-post, but if you’re really “Bicycles Only” how the heck did you get anywhere today if you didn’t bike?

  • Josh

    I kind of assumed “BicyclesOnly” must be at least somewhat figurative, since I don’t imagine s/he gets around within his/her apartment on a bicycle, for example. 🙂

  • Brad Aaron

    Good point, Mun. As I’m sure you know, DOT and MTA/NYCT are working together on BRT, but, yeah, good point.

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