Mayor: Extend Traffic Plan to Provide Year-Round Relief
Today, the Mayor released a traffic plan that calls for creating pedestrian malls, distributing free MetroCards to delegates, and encouraging visitors to walk to Madison Square Garden for the Republican National Convention.
His plan is a smart way to
accommodate the huge influx of people and the heightened threat of terrorism.
Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s advocates for pedestrians, lauds
the mayor for his plan and encourages him to extend the midtown plan beyond the
Alternatives calls on the Mayor to institute Convention and year-round measures
to limit the number of cars entering the whole of Manhattan, which would provide
relief for conventioneers and New Yorkers alike.
Midtown is notorious for its
dangerously overcrowded sidewalks. On an average day, people on foot outnumber
motor vehicles 20 to 1, but 60% of street space is given to car traffic. The
34th Street Partnership acknowledges that its district, “boasts the busiest foot
traffic in the entire city."
Says Paul White, Executive
Director of Transportation Alternatives,
“The incredible numbers of
people now walking every day in Midtown makes it a Convention every day.
Terrorism, tourism and toe-traffic have long been issues in Midtown and will
continue to create dangerously overcrowded streets long after the convention
ends. The Mayor should extend these temporary policies to a year-round strategy
to curb driving and promote walking and transit use."
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Phone: 212-629-8080 Fax: 212-629-8334