Cast Your Vote for the 2012 Streetsies

I have to say, one of my favorite parts about being the editor of Streetsblog is posting the Streetsie polls at the end of the year and sitting back to watch the horse race. I’m hooked as soon as the first vote comes in.

You have until midnight on December 24 to make your picks. And while you’re choosing winners, don’t forget to make a year-end contribution to Streetsblog and Streetfilms if you haven’t already. There’s a new Specialized bike in it for one lucky donor, and a very nice Patagonia jacket we’ll also be giving away.

Streetsblog NYC will be running year-end content next week after Christmas and getting back to normal on January 2. In the meantime, you can also cast your ballot in the Capitol Hill Streetsies. Happy voting!

Best Livable Streets Story

Total Voters: 192

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Best New Public Space

Total Voters: 144

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Best Pedestrian Safety Project

Total Voters: 170

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Biggest Setback

Total Voters: 198

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NIMBY of the Year

Total Voters: 161

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Best Comedy

Total Voters: 163

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  • Anonymous

    The “biggest setback” nominees all seem a lot bigger-scale than the “best livable streets story” nominees. Very sad. 

  • Barb

    Boo, 2 out of the 5 “pedestrian” safety projects are bike projects! What about Delancey St?

  • J

    I second Delancey Street as well—a great ped safety project that advocates fought hard for.

  • @91b1ad37351e16814add6b0181d39bae:disqus Glad you asked that.

    The West Side bike lanes and the park road diets are only “bike projects” in the narrowest sense. Actually I’m not sure why the park improvements would be considered bike projects at all. Maybe they were designed by DOT’s bike team? In any case, we’ve repeatedly seen a huge drop in pedestrian injuries after DOT installs protected bike lanes with refuges, and the park road diets will make a big difference for the primary users of the parks, who are pedestrians.

    Delancey Street is a great project that will make a difference, but I snubbed it for lack of ambition. It’s the low-hanging fruit, the city made choices that deferred to traffic flow, and there’s a lot more than needs to be done there.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not totally discouraged but based on the nominations, 2012 wasn’t a great year for liveable streets.  We made some progress but man . . . we’ve got our work cut out for us. 

    CANNOT WAIT FOR BIKE SHARE and let’s keep our fingers crossed for the future.  

    Any thought on how Lhota would be on bike lanes?  I don’t  think he’d be as likely to undo the bike network.  

    Heck, I’d vote Republican for him if he articulated a vision of a comprehensive bike network, integrated with the bus/mass transit system.    + Congestion tolls + E. River Crossing Toll Harmonization + no more cars in Central/Prospect Parks!!!!!

    The future is possible people!  Reverting Park Ave to it’s bucolic origins.  Imagine if Park was a bike/busway only . . . haha, that’d be freaking amazing!

  • LAR

    I have to admit that I am a bit shocked that
    the recent pedestrian improvements near the Holland Tunnel on Varick and Hudson
    Streets were not included. To state the obvious, the Holland Tunnel is
    synonymous with endless traffic, aggressive driving, and dangerous conditions
    for pedestrians. The five pedestrian plazas that were installed this fall were
    the first formal push to acknowledge the existence of pedestrians on the streets
    near the Tunnel and the importance of their safety. These were desperately
    needed improvements, especially after a person was killed crossing one of the
    intersections that now has a plaza, not to mention the myriad of people injured
    on those streets. Moreover, they created public space replete with planters in
    an area that is completely underserved by open space and greenery.

    As for Delancey, yes of course, there is more
    to be done, but I would rather see actions towards improving pedestrian safety
    now by the City rather than waiting on more ambitious, timely initiatives at
    the cost of perhaps another pedestrian’s life! I think it is a noble, welcomed
    effort at transforming a precarious speedway.  

  • LESider

    Ben – That’s just crazy to put 8th/9th bike paths in their twice and leave out Delancey. There are huge new spaces and major shortening of crossing distance at Clinton. Name a NYC project that didn’t defer to traffic flow (Times Sq / Herald Sq plazas was Green Light for Midtown, Madison Sq Plaza didn’t cause gridlock, it moved things along, 8th ave bike lane doesn’t have a bus lane with it even though it has lots of buses, 1st ave bike path becomes shared lanes near QBB). 

  • @b531a7108e7163b6ce503d4f7ffac621:disqus Like I said, I think Delancey Street is a great project. The street is much improved and the people who worked to redesign it have saved lives. I agree that all redesigns make concessions to traffic flow to some extent, otherwise we’d have protected bike lanes, exclusive transitways, and abundantly wide sidewalks everywhere. It’s mainly a question of degree — in Noah’s coverage of this project, there’s a distinct sense that DOT was more timid than necessary. The general sentiment at the public meeting where they unveiled the project was that it didn’t go far enough, and Dan Squadron was promising to push for a future round of improvements before the night was over.

    In terms of pure safety impact, my guess is that the Delancey Street project will prevent more pedestrian injuries than the park road diets will, but less than the West Side bike lanes will. 50 blocks of narrower right-of-way for cars, including some of the most walked-upon streets in the city, is huge and merits a double nomination in my book.

  • Ben W

    Respectfully disagree about Delancey Street! I live at Delancey and Forsyth and its been transformative. If stopping regular and gruesome deaths = lack of ambition, count me in. I think 10-15 years from now, once the various other projects in the corridor shake out (Essex Street Market, etc etc) we’ll see this a big deal project that deserved a vote. 


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