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Complete street lessons from NYC to Surrey, BC

September 11, 2012

Prompted by Gordon Price’s little post on PriceTags…

Here’s some grist for the mill on how density can allow for substantial changes to a pre-existing, high-use multi-lane roadway.

Columbus Circle in New York has had some serious alterations in traffic flows:

Columbus Circle: Before                Columbus Circle: After

You can probably guess which was before and which is now.

The project was initiated as part of what the NYC Department of Transportation called Green Light for Midtown. Along with creating a massive pedestrian mall in Times Square, the above alterations were made leading from Columbus Circle.

The project was based on a feasibility analysis that indicated it would improve traffic flow on 6th and 7th Avenue and improve traffic safety along Broadway.

The results have been impressive. As ever, it’s about having alternatives for people to use. Take out the cars, provide other means of transport.



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