NEW YORK CITY, USA / 2009
CLIENT: CITY OF NEW YORK, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


Gehl Architects in 2007 analysed the condition of NYC’s public realm using The Public Space/Public Life survey method. Read the report based on our recommendations - detailing Department Of Transportation’s strategy to enhance the public realm.

The results formed a strategic vision aimed at improving conditions for pedestrians and promoting a balance between modes of transportation. The vision manifests itself in a series of quickly implemented and affordable pilot projects along the new Broadway Boulevard including projekts on Times Square, Herald and Greenly Squares and Madison Square Park reclaimeing nearly 500,000 ft2 (45,000 m2) of public space alongside initiatives throughout the City’s five boroughs. The project has so far doubled the amount of bicycle lanes in NYC and as a result twice as many New Yorkers commute to work on bicycle. A seven mile car-free route, known as Summer Streets, from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, opened in the summers of 2008 and 2009. Over 300,000 people attended the events, some trying bicycling on city streets for the first time.