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.


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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.


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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.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/19/mayor-adams-touts-plan-to-reimagine-nycs-fifth-avenue-with-bike-lane-more-pedestrian-space/ Mayor Adams is promoting a plan to “redesign” New York’s Fifth Avenue with bike lanes and more pedestrian zones.

JACLYN DIAZ

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