14th Street PeopleWay: The Dream of a Car-free New York City

I dream of a car-free New York City.

Every night honking cars arrest me from sleep, and every day myself and millions of New Yorkers breathe the carbon monoxide exhaust from a sea of passing cars.

The 14th street “PeopleWay” is a proposal to make the 14th street corridor car-free: used by buses, bikes, and pedestrians only.

With the proposed L Train reconstruction approximately 50,000 New Yorkers will now be traveling across town in some way other than the L train. New York City needs to take steps to reimagine transportation in the communities that are going to have to do without the subway. And this is the perfect opportunity to reimagine a safer, less polluted city at the same time.

Transportation Alternatives describes the14th Street Peopleway’s proposal,

Private motor vehicle trips are the least efficient form of travel in terms of capacity. A combination of two-way protected bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes and expanded sidewalks could double the corridor’s current capacity, serving up to 24,500 people per hour or more than 500,000 people per day.  – TransAlt

If you dream of a car-free New York City too? Sign the petition for the 14th Street Peopleway, and RSVP to join the 14th Street Peopleway Campaign this Wed 6/22 in Union Square.

1 thought on “14th Street PeopleWay: The Dream of a Car-free New York City”

  1. It’s interesting you make this video about NYC, which has some of the best public transportation in the country. But I guess it makes sense. When I lived in Melbourne, people complained about the public transportation not being good enough (they have the largest tram network in the world and a massive suburban rail and commuter train network).

    I work in the tech community and living in Seattle, it’s difficult to avoid all the hype about self-driving cars. You made an excellent point about capacity. Self driving cars are a terrible idea of a lot of reasons, and one of them is the capacity problem. Seattle just got approval for the ST3 rail project (which Seattle needed a decade ago) that will dramatically help the city’s transportation situation in the next few decades.

    You might be interested in my article about self driving cars vs rail networks:

    http://penguindreams.org/blog/self-driving-cars-will-not-solve-the-transportation-problem/

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