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Brenden rides an IRO fixed gearphotographed on Beekman St., Manhattanabout to compete in Monster Track, a popular alleycat.

Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said.
Kang Wong was strolling north on Broadway and crossing 96th Street at around 5 p.m., when an officer told him to halt because he had walked against the light.
Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street.
Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said…
The violence unfolded in front of several news reporters, who had been at the intersection documenting an accident that killed Upper West Side pedestrian Samantha Lee 12 hours earlier.
After Lee’s death, police resorted to the old-school tactic of writing up pedestrians for jaywalking at $250 a pop.

read more: nypost, 19.01.14.via treehugger, 28.01.14.
How “organized motordom” squeezed pedestrians off the streets.
via treehugger, photo by John Massengale. Lexington Avenue at 89th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan. read more about NYC’s vision zero on streetsbook, 24.01.14.
» After the Addition of Bike Lanes and Plazas, Manhattan Traffic Moves Faster

In Manhattan below 60th Street, predictions that reallocating space to walking, biking, and transit would only worsen traffic have not come to pass. In fact, average traffic speeds have picked up. GPS data from yellow cabs below 60th Street show that average speeds are up 6.7 percent since 2008. The average speed of a taxi trip, which was 8.9 mph in 2011, inched up to 9.3 mph last year.

After several blocks in the heart of Times Square were pedestrianized and protected bike lanes were added to five avenues in the middle of Manhattan, motor vehicle traffic is actually moving more smoothly than before, according to the latest release of NYC DOT’s annual Sustainable Streets Index (SSI) [PDF].

The Sustainable Streets Index is part of the city’s PlaNYC 2030 sustainability initiative and builds on previous releases from 200820092010, and 2011. The report also includes before-and-after analysis of major street redesigns, as required by a city law enacted in 2008. This year’s report includes ten of these projects, including parking reforms and plaza space in Jackson Heights and the redesign of Grand Army Plaza.

This is the final Sustainable Streets Index released by the Bloomberg administration, and it demonstrates the benefits of many of the street design innovations pioneered by NYC DOT under Janette Sadik-Khan. The next mayor has the opportunity to extend these benefits to more streets and more neighborhoods across the city.

read more: streetsblog, 05.09.13.
via urbanvelo.

The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, a fine addition to our favorite books about maps, is a catalog of development and destruction, the end of nature and the beginning of urban living., 17.01.12.
New York Summer Streets, 06.08.11.
couldn’t embed this nytimes video: Bill Cunningham reporting on the Summer Streets NYC, in particular, Park Avenue—a “bicycle paradise”, at least for a little while—closed off to motorists on Saturdays for the month of August [still ongoing?]. 

Complete Streets: It's About More Than Just Bike Lanes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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