New York City Transportation Planners Want You to Help Create a Better ‘Street Map’
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New York City is developing a five-year master plan to improve street safety in the five boroughs – and the authorities want your help!
The Department of Transportation recently launched its first-ever NYC Streets Plan to make New York’s streets safer, more accessible and of better quality. Now the agency wants to hear from residents about the improvements they want in their neighborhoods.
“No one knows your neighborhood better than you! NYC DOT is developing the #NYCStreetsPlan, a five-year plan that will set fair and ambitious goals for city streets. We need your input, ”the DOT wrote in a June 23 tweet.
No one knows your neighborhood better than you! NYC DOT is developing the #NYCStreetsPlan, a five-year plan that will set fair and ambitious objectives for the streets of the City. We need your contribution!
– NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 23, 2021
The agency opened a online survey to gather feedback and will begin virtual Zoom workshops next month and through the fall, before releasing a final plan in December.
The four-part survey begins with asking how city residents would allocate public money, followed by a map where participants can identify local street issues; a more traditional questionnaire; and a section where residents can talk to the agency about themselves.
The next Zoom the sessions will begin for select Brooklyn neighborhoods closer to Manhattan on the morning of July 7 and continue that month, with a second round of digital forums scheduled for September and October.
The move follows a local law passed by the city council at the end of 2019, requiring the DOT to propose and implement an ambitious transport master plan every five years from 2021.
the law mandates that the first plan expected by the end of this year includes better lanes and signage priority for buses, hundreds of kilometers of new protected cycle lanes, pedestrian safety improvements and parking policies to promote safety, use of public transport, accessibility for people with disabilities, and reduction of vehicle emissions.
The proposals build on the previous efforts of Mayor Bill de Blasio, including the Green Wave Plan extend the city’s network of cycle paths and Action plan for better buses for – you guessed it – better bus lanes.
Hizzoner and DOT have rolled out several new bus lanes in the city over the past year and added more cycle lanes, but traffic violence has also steadily increased so far, with the death toll set to be the highest. highest this year of the entire Blasio administration, Streetsblog reported.
Among his most recent improvements to street safety, de Blasio has earmarked millions of dollars to install a new bike path on the Brooklyn Bridge, which has started construction – and pledged $ 39 million in redress for murderer McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, earlier this month, following a fatal hit-and-run that killed a beloved area teacher.
Some efforts have been blocked, such as the Fifth Avenue busway in Midtown, which will likely be a a year late of its calendar.
For more information on DOT’s New York street map, visit nyc.gov/nycstreetsplan.