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.
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.