New York City Wins the 2009 Sustainable Transport Award

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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’s long-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
streets.

  • gecko

    Yippee!

  • Alright New York! Still a lot of work ahead, let’s keep it up in ‘aught9.

  • Can you post larger photos, they look great, but I’d like to “zoom in.”

  • gecko

    This award is being discussed locally today on WNYC at about 10:30 AM today Jan 15, 2009.

  • Good Work! It would help to have a caption under the Before and After photos of Madison Square. I ended up counting traffic lanes to determine if space had been increased for the pedestrian area. Now add some greenery to absorb noise and traffic fumes.

  • machattan

    the Paris model begs investigation.
    one rents a bike at a station, peddles off to another part of town and checks the bike in at that point.
    sounds like a plan.

  • It is never too late. Good work but plenty of things to do. I dream of NYC being the “electric city”: just pedestrians, bikes and electric vehicles.

  • Tausend dank, exakt das wollte ich wissen..

  • City development is finally going in the right direction. Nice!

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