In 2009 New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan took a chance and closed traffic lanes along Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street and the same for 33rd to 35th Street. The idea behind opening the streets and turning them into “Pedestrian Plazas” was to make New York more livable by cutting down on pedestrian accidents, improving traffic flow and reducing pollution.
January 19th, 2013 Bloomberg announced that the pedestrian plazas have been a success and will be made permanent. In fact the city intends to put $40 million into the project to make the plazas even better.
NYC is to be congratulated on taking action and providing excellent reporting and data that clearly shows the benefits of opening streets to pedestrians.
Read more about the January announcement here.