Madison Square: Before and After.
Take a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come in the last few years. New York City is being honored tonight in Washington D.C. as the first U.S. city to win the ITDP Sustainable Transport Award. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
New York City has demonstrated that political will, bold
leadership and citizen engagement can lead to sweeping transportation
reforms. In 2008, the city implemented key parts of Mayor
Michael Bloomberg’slong-term sustainability vision, PlaNYC 2030. The laudable changes made
throughout 2008 have reshaped the experience of walking on New York City
streets. The city has embraced biking and walking as investment-worthy
transportation alternatives, while the traditional car-oriented
mobility model is taking a back-seat….
In 2008, New York City took 49 acres of road space, traffic lanes and
parking spots away from cars and gave it back to the public for bike
lanes, pedestrian areas and public plazas. Protected on-street bike
lanes were part of the 140 miles (255 kilometers) of bike lanes
implemented. Bike ridership increased by 35 percent from the past year.
The city planted more than 98,000 trees, implemented a select bus
service and introduced car-free Saturdays. The NYC Department of
Transportation recycles 40 percent of the asphalt used to repair