MAS Survey: Bike/Ped Projects Popular; Many Neighborhoods Lag in Livability

Most New Yorkers spend a lot of time walking, so pedestrian infrastructure is bound to be popular. Image: ##http://mas.org/new-york-city-livability-survey-2011-key-indictors/##Municipal Art Society##

The Municipal Art Society’s second annual survey on livability, released today, provides still more opinion data showing that New Yorkers want to see more bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. They’re more conflicted, however, when it comes to new, large-scale development.

The MAS poll, a survey of 1,000 residents performed by the Marist Institute, found that a preponderance of New Yorkers think that both bike lanes and pedestrianized streets make their neighborhoods better places to live. Bike lanes proved more popular, with 56 percent saying they improved livability and only 17 percent opposing them. Even the bold proposal of closing streets entirely to traffic had a citywide approval rating of 42 percent to 29 percent. Previous polls have shown similarly sizable levels of support for bike lanes.

MAS found more conflicted feelings toward new, dense development. While 62 percent of those surveyed believed that “large real estate development” is a good idea, an equal number said that development should “maintain the character of the neighborhood.” Bronx residents were much more willing to embrace development while Staten Islanders and Manhattanites were the least.

As MAS found last year, New York City’s staggering levels of inequality are reflected in New Yorkers’ opinions towards their neighborhoods. “We continue to see some underlying discontent, especially among people living outside Manhattan and those with lower incomes,” said MAS president Vin Cipolla. “It’s clear that citywide organizations like MAS need to step up our individual and collective efforts and presence in neighborhoods and forge new partnerships with community-based organizations to address these issues.”

  • carma

    im assumming this is a round trip commute and not one way.  otherwise that 17% that walks 60+ minutes seems high..

    i fall within the 30-59 minutes, but thats including a 2 dog walks and commute time round trip.

  • Ian Turner

    carma: Note that the question is “per day”.

  • carma

    I see its per day, but isnt 60+ minutes accounting for 17% of new yorkers still high?  look at the obesity problems we have in the city.   

  • @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus what obesity problem? NYC is one of the healthiest cities in the country. We have an obesity problem in the nation as a whole though, yes.

  • The Marist Institute for Public Opinion conducted the telephone survey
    of 1,000 New Yorkers on September 13th and 14th, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    This tells you everything you need to know about this survey’s results. As Larry Littlefield would point out, who is home between 10 am and 10 pm to answer the phone? Who has a phone?

    Younger people living in apartment shares without landline phones would presumably be more supportive of denser development because they would like to find nicer apartments. They are not counted in this survey. Old people, who have lived in their apartments since the days when a landline telephone was de rigeur, are anxious about denser development because it means more residents crowding the grocery stores and subway.

  • carma

    @twitter-18957262:disqus 

    sure, nyc is healthier than a lot of other cities, but

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cdp/cdp_pan_know_obesity.shtml

    dont say we dont have a problem..

    when 22% of your adult populous is considered obese.  you have a problem.

    im glad im a lean 151lb 5’9 male since i walk, bike and exercise.

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