The survey found that “open streets” in De Blasio are still used by drivers

More than half “Open Streets” by Bill de Blasio Across town it remains open to drivers, according to a new report.

The program – which closes the streets to all but local traffic and emergency traffic to make room for cycling, walking and playing – Launched during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic He was permanently appointed by the mayor and city council last May. However, only 46 percent of the Transportation Department’s listed open street sites are active, according to a survey by Transportation Alternatives released Tuesday.

Meaning that the majority of pedestrian-friendly “open streets” (54%) are not enforced.

The whiter and wealthier captains are more likely to have “successful” open streets, which often rely on volunteers and outside funding to maintain them. In the Bronx, the survey found that only one in eight sites listed were active — compared to seven in 10 in Manhattan.

As a result, Manhattan residents have 14 times the number of open streets operating in Bronxit, the group said. Brooklyn and Queens similarly suffer, with only 40 percent and 31 percent, respectively, of active sites.

The data comes from Transportation Alternatives that collected 800 reports from volunteers in the field at all 274 open street locations in the five boroughs.

The open streets of De Blasio appeared as Pandemic era battlefield, with limitations fiercely disputed In some neighborhoods and Completely ignored in others. While the city has scrapped a number of failed open streets, others have simply vanished without notice or fanfare, the Transportation Alternatives Survey found.

Sign indicating “Open Street” near Herald Square. The city first began closing certain streets to vehicular traffic at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo by Alexei Rosenfeld/Getty Images

The organization said the city’s data showed a “significant decrease” in traffic injuries on open streets. According to the report, cyclist injuries decreased by 17 percent at open street locations compared to 12 months before the traffic restrictions began. – Challenge citywide directions in reverse.

But Manhattan and Brooklyn account for two-thirds of the sites listed for the program. Open streets in predominantly white neighborhoods are likely to remain “consistently” free of cars, according to the group’s findings.

“All communities deserve Open Streets and the health, climate and safety benefits they provide,” said Danny Harris, group director. “We are asking elected officials in New York City to make urgent changes to ensure that the Open Streets program has the support it needs to succeed and grow, especially in communities that are currently left behind.”

Open Streets Program in Forest Park, Queens on May 17, 2020.
Open Streets Program in Forest Park, Queens on May 17, 2020.
John Nasion/Noor Photo via Zuma Press

Department of Transportation spokesman Seth Stein said Open Streets is in the process of transitioning from an “emergency pandemic response” to a “permanent and sustainable” program.

“Neighbourhoods that have applied to the program are already being supported with resources to make their beloved open streets permanent,” Stein said. “Fairness and equity have been central to this program from the beginning, and we are reaching out to neighborhoods that lack community groups or BIDs so that they have the support needed to participate in the program regardless of the reason.”


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