Jay Street Pedestrian Plaza

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The Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee urges NYC DOT to re-examine conditions near the Jay Street Plaza. Access to entry points are dangerous and construction planned in 2010 will only worsen the situations. This presentation scratches the surface of this problem.

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  • The Manhattan Bridge is a vital link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, celebrating its centennial anniversary. In October 2009. The Brooklyn Bridge celebrated its 125th anniversary and had rennovations to its entry ways. Pic. While it may not be as iconic, the Manhattan Bridge is a vital link between Brooklyn & Manhattan, especially to Chinatown, tai chi. What it is. Trucks, feeders to holland tunnel What it could be. Pedestrian oasis in downtwon bk. Place for tai chi, just as park on the manhattan bound side is. An extension for summer streets in 2010. http://www.transalt.org/newsroom/media/2690 http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/11/30/streetfilms-turning-nycs-oldest-bridge-into-its-newest-bike-ped-amenity/
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
  • Construction is discussed in this NY times article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/nyregion/30bridge.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion NYC DOT screenline counts http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/nycbicyclescrct.shtml
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  • Jay Street Pedestrian Plaza

    1. 1. Improving Access to Manhattan Bridge Plaza
    2. 2. Plaza Location  Mantahhan Bridge Brooklyn Bridge .25 mile walking radius Jay Street Sands St Tillary St Brooklyn Queen Expy
    3. 3. SURROUNDING PUBLIC TRANSIT STOPS - Plaza is very accesible by bus and subway Subway F Subway A/C Bus Stops
    4. 4. SURROUNDING INSTITUTIONS Watchtower Society NYC College of Technology Freedom Academy High School St James Church George Westington High US District Court NYC College of Tech US Post Office
    5. 5. SURROUNDING PUBLIC SPACES <ul><ul><li>Close proximity to Cadman Plaza, but works at a different scale and use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More intimate because of its relation to Manhattan Bridge </li></ul></ul>Cadman Plaza McLaughlin Park (Tillary St Courts)
    6. 6. SURROUNDING PUBLIC SPACES <ul><ul><li>Pocket Parks such as Bridge Parks 1, 2, 3 are close but unconnected, left-over spaces in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge/ BQE intersection </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Celebrating its centennial anniversary in October 2009, the Manhattan Bridge is a vital link between Brooklyn and Manhattan. <ul><ul><li>Since opening in 2004, the separated northbound bicycle path has helped reduced user conflict with the southbound pedestrian path, and provides an alternative to the tourist-clogged Brooklyn Bridge. </li></ul></ul>BACKGROUND <ul><ul><li>2001 South path opened as shared space for peds/bikes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2004 North path opened for bikes, reducing user conflict. Now 2nd most cycled bridge in city </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. IMPROVEMENTS FOR USERS North Side - Sands Street Protected bike path - planned in 2005, averaged 800 cyclists/ 12 hours - opened 2009, averaged over 2600 cyclists/ 12 hours - specialized bike traffic signals for dangerous intersection crossing Sands Street
    9. 9. IMPROVEMENTS FOR USERS <ul><li>North Side - New Planting </li></ul><ul><li>add beautification to city streets </li></ul><ul><li>increase storm water run-off collection </li></ul>
    10. 10. IMPROVEMENTS FOR USERS South Side - Pedestrian Plaza - 2007, Pedestrian Plaza was rehabbed at southern foot of bridge. Twenty trees, dozen benches, eight historic lamp-posts installed, and plaque marking the bridge as civil engineering landmark. Designed as a more attractive places for pedestrians.
    11. 11. BUT the plaza is EMPTY
    12. 12. ENTRY POINTS ARE UNAPPROACHABLE <ul><ul><li>Plaza entrances don’t need to be changed but access to them needs to be improved. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sidewalk fences only accommodate entry at Sands Street, yet foot and bike traffic comes from the south on Jay street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Park users must take indirect path for High Street staircase and Nassau Street ramp. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. ENTRY POINTS CREATE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS - Pedestrians pick the most obvious, direct path - the existing crosswalk on Nassau - Then they cross exiting Manhattan Bridge traffic dangerously.
    14. 14. ENTRY POINTS CREATE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS - Then Pedestrians must hop a fence, or walk beside traffic to enter Plaza
    15. 15. ENTRY POINTS CREATE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS - Then Pedestrians must hop a fence, or walk beside traffic to enter Plaza
    16. 16. ENTRY POINTS CREATE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS - Then Pedestrians must hop a fence, or walk beside traffic to enter Plaza
    17. 17. ENTRY POINTS CREATE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS
    18. 18. TIME TO ACT IS NOW construction (2010 - mid 2013) NYC DOT said “The bikeway on the north side of the bridge will also be closed for as long as eight months during the project.” Just as during the previous phase of bridge repair (10/06 - 8/07) “cyclists will share the walkway on the south side of the bridge with pedestrians” which has a staircase only entry. This will force nearly 3000 daily cyclists to Southern Entrance, adding even more users undesirable entries.
    19. 19. Time to REVAMP path & plaza entrances GOOD Ped/Bike Entry BAD Ped/Bike Entry
    20. 20. SUGGESTIONS for IMPROVEMENTS <ul><li>removes gates at southern entrance, for bicycle access to plaza </li></ul><ul><li>bicycle route markings on Jay street North (bike lane or sharrows) and through plaza </li></ul><ul><li>New Signage - </li></ul><ul><li>A ) yield to cyclists/ peds signage for vehicles exiting ramp </li></ul><ul><li>B) bikes yield to pedestrians in plaza </li></ul>
    21. 21. SUGGESTIONS for IMPROVEMENTS - Install Stop Light and Raised Crosswalk at High street, leading to plaza steps - Remove pedestrian fencing for DIRECT access to High street steps
    22. 22. SUGGESTIONS for IMPROVEMENTS <ul><li>Remove portions of pedestrian fencing on concrete island separating Nassau and Bridge Exit, as well as portions of concrete jersey barriers on sidewalk </li></ul><ul><li>Install Crosswalk at Nassau street for continuous Northern flow of pedestrians on Eastern Side of Jay Street </li></ul>Remove Remove
    23. 23. BENEFITS of ENTRY IMPROVEMENTS <ul><ul><li>make pedestrians and cyclists feel safer accessing the Manhattan bridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bring more users to the under-utilized plaza </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>slows traffic exiting the Manhattan Bridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gives Manhattan Bridge comparable entry treatment to recently revamped BK bridge </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. WHERE DO WE GET SUPPORT? <ul><ul><li>Community Board 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CUNY Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FEGS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concord Village Apartments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St James Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watchtower Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>George Westington High </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assemblywoman Joan Millman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Councilman-elect Steve Levin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Senator Dan Squadron </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. WHAT NEXT? <ul><ul><li>Continue working with organizations in immediate vicinity to gain more support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with Community Board 2 transportation Committee to review current Plaza conditions and explore other possibilities for improvement </li></ul></ul>THEN - - - <ul><ul><li>Ask the NYC Department of Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to study entry and approach access to the Jay Street Plaza of the Manhattan Bridge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to propose improvements to entry points with specific regard for pedestrians and cyclists </li></ul></ul></ul>
    26. 26. END

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