Pedestrians, Bus Riders, and Cyclists Get a Better Bronx Hub

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These DOT photos [PDF] show off the revamped Bronx Hub — the shopping district and transit nexus in Melrose that just received a slew of livable streets improvements. Planters, surfacing, and a few strategically placed concrete islands demarcate pretty substantial new swaths of pedestrian space, including a block-long plaza (shown above and in bird’s eye view below). There’s also a short stretch of exclusive bus territory and some interesting bike lane treatments. Follow the jump for more pics.

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The plaza area shown pre-makeover, when it was traffic territory.

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Is this bike route treatment an experiment in diverting car traffic while allowing cyclists to ride straight through? We have a request in with DOT to see if cyclists are supposed to dismount before entering the plaza.

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North of the plaza, planters and pedestrian refuges set off space for people on foot. Note the planters in the bike lane buffer on the left (Melrose Avenue).

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How about sending a Fox 5 news crew to interview satisfied pedestrians?

Photos: NYCDOT

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