Sunday, September 14, 2008

New New York


Midtown Manhattan

Who would have thought that midtown Manhattan would ever look like this. The department of transportation is doing good work in providing space like this. Now let's see more public space with fewer restrictions in neighborhoods that are open past 5pm.

8 comments:

m e l i g r o s a said...

that's wonderful!
a colored bikeline and some coffee, Im so there ;]

Peter said...

awesome.

Freewheel said...

That's a beautiful thing. I'd love to sit there with a beer and watch the bikes go by.

Zakkaliciousness said...

is that a real photo?! that looks brilliant. like a french street, also because they have that green bike lane colour in france, Nice, in particular. amazing.
where is this?

gabriella said...

COOL. lookin more and more like cph.

Michael said...

Zakkaliciousness: lol, that was my reaction when I stumbled into the intersection- 'Am I dreaming?' These sorts of changes are happening all over the city - but NYC still isn't a 'bicycle friendly' city.

The problem is that, while it might be part of a larger longer term plan - for the moment, there are just islands of little bicycle lanes - which barely connect to one another. So you can ride very safely for a few blocks and then suddenly it stops and you're thrown out into 5 lanes of traffic and no bicycle lane for 20 blocks until you get to the next nice little corner like this...

Time will tell if they can build a serious bike path system in a city that is so dependent on cars...

Erik Sandblom said...

Hey, Michael, NYC is not dependent on cars. It's dependent on public transport. You can find the numbers if you google for Bloomberg and congestion charge, I think.

Cars can look like they dominate transportation but that's just because they take up so much space. The occupants of 20 cars could easily fit in a single bus, for instance. A subway train can easily take hundreds of people.

It's a fun experiment you can do at home: Count the number of bikes you see on the street, and compare it to the number of cars you see. Even if there are equal numbers of both, it will look like most people are choosing cars over bikes.

Erik Sandblom said...

I borrowed (took) this picture to show at Ecoprofile. Hope that's OK!