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Innovations Within Our Means, Presentation 2


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Presentation by Josh Benson, Director of Bike/Ped Programs, NYC DOT

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Innovations Within Our Means, Presentation 2

  1. 1. Innovations Within Our Means: New York City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs Joshua Benson, AICP, Director of Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs NYC Department of Transportation Livable St. Louis Conference, June 3, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>Know Strengths & Limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Build Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Projects vs. “Operational” Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sands Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allen & Pike Streets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanderbilt Avenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st & 2 nd Avenues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focused Efforts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadway </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle Network </li></ul></ul>Innovations Within Our Means Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
  3. 3. Street Design, the Old Way
  4. 4. Standard Bike Lane Clarendon Road, Brooklyn
  5. 5. Painted Sidewalk Extension Canal Street & East Broadway, Manhattan
  6. 6. <ul><li>Capital Project </li></ul><ul><li>“ Full Depth” reconstruction </li></ul><ul><li>Moving Curblines Possible </li></ul><ul><li>Put out to Bid, Built by Contractors </li></ul><ul><li>DOT, Parks, Dept. Design & Construction, Public Design Commission, NYSDOT, FHWA </li></ul><ul><li>Timeframe: Years </li></ul><ul><li>Operational Project </li></ul><ul><li>Surface treatments </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Existing Contracts and In-House capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Work “Curb to Curb” </li></ul><ul><li>DOT, Parks </li></ul><ul><li>Timeframe: Months </li></ul>Capital Project vs. Operational Project
  7. 7. Street Design, the Operational Toolbox
  8. 8. Sands Street Bike Path <ul><li>Capital Project </li></ul><ul><li>Key Bike Route to Manhattan Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Standard Bike Lane Installed 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Hostile Cycling Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Ramps </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sands Street Bike Path <ul><li>Capital Project </li></ul><ul><li>2 Block Approach to Manhattan Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Project Announced: 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Started: 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Project Completed: 2009 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Allen-Pike: Center Median Bike Path <ul><li>Operational Project </li></ul><ul><li>14 Block Corridor </li></ul><ul><li>Project Announced: 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Started: 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Project Completed: 2009 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Allen-Pike Pike Street, Manhattan: Capital Project Underway
  12. 12. Vanderbilt Avenue: 4 to 3 Conversion <ul><li>4 Lane 2-Way Streets </li></ul><ul><li>Left Turns Problematic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian Safety Considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motorist Comfort </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inefficient Use of Space </li></ul><ul><li>Speeding & Weaving Common </li></ul>
  13. 13. Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn <ul><li>4-to-3 Conversion </li></ul><ul><li>Standard yet Flexible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Bike Lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Pedestrian Safety Islands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Greening </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic Effect on Streetscape Possible </li></ul>Vanderbilt Avenue: 4 to 3 Conversion
  14. 14. Laconia Avenue: 4 to 3 Conversion Laconia Avenue, Bronx
  15. 15. Pre-1990s Manhattan Avenue Bike Lane <ul><li>Standard Striped Bike Lane </li></ul><ul><li>2 White Stripes </li></ul><ul><li>Low Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Effective on Low Intensity Corridors </li></ul><ul><li>Prone to Vehicular Intrusion </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Utility on Major Streets/Avenues </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidating to Less Experienced Cyclists </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Benefit to Pedestrians or Motorists </li></ul>
  16. 16. 1 st & 2 nd Avenues: Bike Paths & Bus Lanes <ul><li>Protected Bike Path & Select Bus Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Highly Organized Street </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusive Bus Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Bike Path Protected from Vehicular Intrusion </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian Safety Islands Shorten Crosswalk </li></ul><ul><li>Left Turn Treatments Improve Motorist Experience </li></ul>
  17. 17. 1 st & 2 nd Avenues: Bike Paths & Bus Lanes
  18. 18. <ul><li>Bicycle Project Development Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ridership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backbone System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul></ul>Focused Efforts: Bicycle Network
  19. 19. Broadway: Madison Square Madison Square: After Madison Square: Before
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  22. 22. Broadway: Union Square
  23. 23. Water/Whitehall
  24. 24. Engage the Public
  25. 25. Thank You