Mayor Adams is promoting a plan to “redesign” New York’s Fifth Avenue with bike lanes and more pedestrian zones.

City Hall has a plan to “redesign” sections of Fifth Avenue between Bryant Park and Central Park to make it more people- and bike-friendly.

Fifth Avenue would lose several lanes of automobile traffic to make way for a bike lane and additional pedestrian space, according to an ambitious proposal by Mayor Eric Adams unveiled Sunday.

“Fifth Avenue is … an unmissable opportunity to show the city and country how world-class public spaces can help create vibrant central business districts,” Adams said in a statement.

The vague proposal – to be fleshed out in an advisor-led “vision process” – would leave only one lane for cars in the strip between Central Park South and 42nd Street, while the rest of the street would be dedicated to two bus lanes, a protected bike lane and pedestrian precinct .

The end product, expected to be completed within two years, will be a “pedestrian-centric boulevard,” according to a press release from City Hall.

Midtown’s Fifth Avenue went completely car-free for three Sundays in December to accommodate massive crowds of holiday shoppers.

City officials claimed victory by closing the holiday for the first time – despite complaints from taxi drivers that the policy made it harder for them to collect fares.

City rendering of a tree-lined sidewalk on Fifth Avenue

The project will take two years to bear fruit, City Hall said.

people standing on the street

Revelers on Fifth Avenue earlier this month.


Mayor Adams greets a dog and its owner

The road closure has improved business on the Strip, the city claimed.

Mayor Eric Adams and DOT Commissioner Rodriguez walk down a street closed to cars

The city closed Fifth Avenue to cars on three Sundays this month.


The city’s leading agencies — the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Transportation — expect to strike a deal with a design firm to begin the process in early 2023. Mayor Adams is promoting a plan to “redesign” New York’s Fifth Avenue with bike lanes and more pedestrian zones.


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