Nets Fans Get No Assist From Atlantic Yards’ Shrinking Sidewalks

In June we wondered whether Forest City Ratner would make the most of the Barclays Center’s potential as a destination for pedestrians, transit riders and cyclists. Recent developments are less than encouraging.

Gib Veconi noted a couple of weeks back on Atlantic Yards Watch that a July proposal from Ratner to NYC DOT regarding bollard placement shows that sidewalks around the arena may be much narrower than what Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation originally led the public to believe.

“Effective width” refers to the portion of the sidewalk used by pedestrians for travel after a buffer zone (or “shy distance”) on each side of the sidewalk is subtracted from its design width. A 1999 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation describes the shy distance as two feet on each side of the sidewalk.

According to the FCR plans, among the sidewalks other than those next to the pedestrian plaza in front of Barclays Center, three of four have narrower effective widths than were analyzed in the project’s 2006 environmental impact statement.

Veconi notes that the sidewalk on the south side of Atlantic Avenue east of the arena entrance now has an effective width of 5.5 feet, or 40 percent of the 13.5 feet presented in the EIS. “This sidewalk will presumably be traveled by large groups of arena patrons leaving the Atlantic Avenue exit en route to arena parking to the east, and borders busy Atlantic Avenue. No bollards are shown to be installed along this section of sidewalk.”

In addition, Veconi points out that the Dean Street bike lane will be situated between a thru-traffic lane and parking bays designated for pick-ups and drop-offs, putting cyclists in the path of merging vehicles.

Via Atlantic Yards Watch. ##http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/sites/default/files/dean_street_bike_lane.jpg##Click## for larger image.

Public comments on the Ratner bollard plan will be accepted through September 22. See Veconi’s post for more info and links to numerous relevant docs.

  • Anonymous

    title. ha!

  • HappyLeader

    So what did you expect? It’s been all hype and lies from the onset. Pataki and Spitzer and Patterson al where nowhere to be found. Governor Cuomo, where are you?

  • Norman Oder

    I’d add that, despite claims by developer Forest City Ratner that the arena would be 20
    feet from the street, new city documents confirm that the structure
    would be considerably closer–less than 12 feet–above ground level
    along Atlantic Avenue, a configuration ambiguously disclosed previously
    in state documents and obfuscated by the developer.

    More here: http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2011/08/barclays-center-will-be-much-closer.html

    Norman Oder
    Atlantic Yards Report

  • Prop Joe

    Can’t wait for this arena to open!  Ratner is da man!  Go Nets!

  • Prop Joe

    Can’t wait for this arena to open!  Ratner is da man!  Go Nets!

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