Sunday, July 13, 2008

They Say the Future of Bikes is Bright on Broadway

NYC is eliminating two lanes of traffic on the world's most famed and traffic-congested boulevard in order to make it more bike-and pedestrian-friendly:
[The Bloomberg Administration is] spending $700,000 to create the string of blocklong plazas from 42nd to 35th Streets. That includes painting the bike lane green, buying the chairs, tables, benches, umbrellas and planters and applying a coat of small-grained gravel mixed with epoxy onto the pedestrian areas, which will set them off from both the street and the bicycle path.
Three private improvement districts will spend $280,000 per year on maintenance of the plazas.

Contrast NYC to post-Purcell Nashville where recently the wide major artery heading north out of Downtown was repaved and repainted by TDOT without any consideration of installing a bike lane.

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